A number of people have commented on my “Caught!” fish and the fact that I dyed it with Scribbly Gum bark. This process has provoked some interest so I thought I would offer the highlights of the process here. If you have further questions please contact me!
Like many eucalpyts, the Scribbly Gun sheds its bark making it easy to harvest!
Soak fabric (in this case a heavy cotton tab-top curtain) in white vinegar until saturated.
Old galvanised tin canner used to steam bark/fabric. There is a tray in the bottom to keep the fabric out of direct contact with the water and the heat source.
Fabric soaked in white vinegar with Scribbly Gum bark rolled randomly throughout. Tied with cotton strips. Now ready for the canner.
Bark dyed fabric after 1 hour of steaming.
Leaf pattern shows on fabric after steaming.
Cotton shirt after being steamed with bark and vinegar.
(Left) Bark steamed in Stainless Steel kettle; (Right) Bark steamed in galvanised tin kettle.
Caught! Fish made with Scribbly Gum Bark Dyed cotton and wool; water background made from recycled wool blankets, novelty and wool yarns; crystal eye; piece is suspended within a Scribbly Gum frame (corners tied with bark-dyed cotton); a recycled, handmade fishing net is under the mat and is lashed seprately to the frame.
Dimensions: Hooked area L – 64cm (26in) x H – 441cm (24in)
Overall at widest point: L – 97cm (39 in) x H – 80cm (30in)