During the last year + we have tried to cull through our belongings, saving only things that are useful, lovable, or just plain beautiful. The idea comes from the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which means to care for and cherish what you already own, to give away what you don't need, and to be thoughtful about new acquisitions. During one of my sorting sessions I went through our bed linens, which consists mostly of white or off-white cotton sheets and cases, and was dismayed by how easy it is for light colored sheets to become tattered and stained.
That's how the idea for these eco-printed covers was born. I wanted to continue to use these high quality, sometimes vintage, pillow cases despite their blemishes. The layers of colors and patterns would quickly camouflage any spots and stains, and the natural hues would still work well with the rest of our linens. So bundled up they were, with layers of pecan leaves from my neighbors yard.
I love the result, the colors, the shadows, and the outlines. Most of all I love the idea of putting my head on one of these pillows, with its faint but earthy scent from the dye pot. Magic repeated.