ecoprinted, ecodyed & upcycled
With only heat and water, vibrant colors can be coaxed from the leaves, bark, and roots of plants. The essence of each plant – its unique color or shape – is preserved on the cloth. This process of ecoprinting and dyeing, is botanical alchemy.
By reconfiguring these well worn cloths, I tell a new story of connection between place, fiber, and family. Cloths are reborn.
Draping, cutting, and joining fabric is how the women in my life connected. As a child, I learned to sew on my mother’s 1949 Singer black electric machine. I invented reversible jumpers, refashioned dresses, reconfigured home curtains, crocheted wool afghans, and stitched fabrics into quilts.
Hand marked fabric – worn, and loved – is art that celebrates and heals the body and spirit. After years as a doctor keeping women healthy and delivering babies, now I reshape and rebirth fiber.