Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Monday, May 8, 2017


"Leaf Letters"
rusted and stained paper with Tulip Tree leaves and stitching


In preparation for my upcoming Rust, Bleach, Burn and Stain class at the Morgan Conservatory ( in August I have been working with these processes and having some fun!
The rusted bits came from some cans that my husband found in the desert in Arizona
when he was out there last fall.
The staining is from some loose tea that made this great bluish color.
The leaves are from out Tulip tree.  I love the decayed and fragile nature of them.
And I did the stitching with the thread I solar dyed in February.  The blue color of the thread came from black bean water.  Who knew?  Well, I am sure those who do a lot of natural dyeing know, but it was a surprise to me.

As I write this it is interesting to realize the geography and chemistry involved in this piece.
Cans that have been rusting in the Arizona sun and sand.
The natural decay of the leaves in my own back yard.
The effect of heat and organic matter on cotton thread.
A true display of Alchemy.

This piece will be in the Morgan's Instructor's show later this summer.


  1. Hi Clare, I've made several eco-dyed and printed books and a few rust prints books some with and most without stitching but I haven't combined it all together. What a wonderful book.

  2. Thanks, Linda! I'd love to see what you have made. Your work is always so thoughtful. And I will be teaching at QSDS in 2018. Encaustic on paper and fabric. This will definitely include some book structures. Hope to meet up with you again sometime!