This product is an example of something Rita has made in the past. She is a botanical dyer with years of experience who shares her knowledge through social media and workshops. Rita lives in Austalia and her products are sold using the Australian Dollar on her site. We did a conversion at the time of the import, but numbers may be off, depending on the exchange rate. She will help you with any questions you may have.
A lot of my textile and mixed media art seems to be about journeys. This wallhanging is no exception.
As I worked, the layout evolved into an abstract interpretation of a map, with hints of dead-end streets, paths, city blocks and open spaces. I then added simple hand stitching with various cotton threads.
The background is an eco dyed/printed cheesecloth remnant; appliquéd onto this are scraps of eco dyed wool, cotton and silk, left over from other projects.
Raw edges compliment the rustic design, natural colours and tactile elements.
Features metal washers and squashed bottle caps (found on the road), and also a rod pocket on the back for easy hanging (rod not included).
Size: 33 cm x 54 cm (13 in x 21.5 in)
I am a Canadian-born eco artist living and working in the island state of Tasmania. I hold a Bachelor of Education (Art Major, distinction) and a diploma of Art Craft Design; I taught within the state education system, did management and community work, and then found my true calling after having a work-related breakdown in 2002. I opened my gallery/studio exactly 1 year later to the day and discovered eco printing and dyeing in 2008. I have always loved textiles and stitching and part of my mission is to raise awareness of them as a valid art form. My underlying philosophy is to create products and source materials as ethically as I can. I find and reinvent vintage and preloved clothing, fabrics and other materials with natural dyes, paints made from the earth and deconstruction techniques, allowing them to inspire my work. Materials for natural printing and colour are mostly foraged from our own property, where I can manage the trees and plants respectfully. My business is based in northeastern Tasmania, Australia; this is where I display and sell my work.
art is like breathing to me – life and thoughts impressed on paper, cloth, the air; fleeting sounds and images captured before they escape forever
(c) Rita Summers
Visit my website to see what is current in products and workshops. I do offer a few online workshops if you are not local to Tasmania. Gone Rustic Studio
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