A couple of times in the past months I have collected faded and discarded flowers and other plant materials form Hedge, a local florist shop located a few blocks from my studio. I am fascinated with the inherent beauty of these offerings and it is intriguing to be able to use these plants at the end of their existence. They range from roses, ranunculus, and lilies, to greenery like eucalyptus and myrtle.
I have started a new body of work that will use images of these plants along with the natural dye processes I more commonly use. A few samples are on display here, along with a variety of botanical contact prints. It has been a wonderful opportunity to use exotic (for me) plants such as eucalyptus and to learn more about its properties as a dye plant and how to best use it for printing. Normally I only use plant materials from my neighborhood and region in my studio practice.
I am grateful to Hedge for letting me take on these fading beauties!