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A JOURNEY IN FIBRE

The distinctive smell of Australian Eucalypts and the renewable fibre of wool; these two sources marry together into distinctively crafted shawls and scarves.  Some embellished with other natural fibres such as silk, alpaca and linen, all naturally dyed.  The alchemy of the brewing pot allows for the serendipity of the process.

Enjoy the scarves, explore their details and feel both their warmth and sink into their unique designs, as no two are the same.

 

I am a Visual Arts teacher and fibre artist who began with design as the starting point for all things fibre. Thirty-five years ago at art school all projects somehow always turned into fibre artworks.  Now after teaching for over thirty years I’ve come to the point in my artmaking where natural dying on wool is my specialisation.

 

When you look at the blank fibre, so pristine, so pure, you must connect back to its natural origins.  Hence the Eucalypts provide that link.  After gathering resources, exploring the environment and revisiting those special trees found on journeys of discovery.  Decisions of what to place where to place it.  Decisions of how to fold; and how to develop the rich colours with special pots becomes an obsession.  Here the alchemy begins. Carefully prepared, lovingly wrapped. You wait and tend the pot, sometime later removing them from the brew.  You must be patient.  It’s most satisfying as you unwrap what was once so white and pure.  Each scarf different to the next, yet they all come out of the same pot. You really can’t control nature.

 

Once dry, another journey begins; where your eyes travel the tracks of the details of the cloth.  I feel like I have made tracks in sand, with the ochres of the earth.  I choose some to take on a further more complicated journey.  One of stitches and added cloth.  Sometimes even burning and layering.  Each piece has its own personality and character, like ourselves, they will speak for themselves for further embellishment or to be left alone as minimalist works of subdued colour with details of leaves and bark.

 

Linda Chee