Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Kozo Revelation

One of the delights of doing a workshop at Art Van Go is going on a hunt for treasures in the packed storerooms. My find this time was beaten kozo (mulberry bark). The sheet form is bleached, soaked and beaten to produce the irregular 'twiggy' form. After soaking a piece of 'twig' in water for about an hour , it can be teased out into a wonderful lace of fibres - and it takes dye wonderfully. I incorporated some of it in the piece I was doing with Amanda Hislop (more about that in another post) , trapping the undyed fibres under a layer of tissue soaked in cellulose paste. It gives the appearance of trees or bushes. In this piece, I trapped some dyed, dried kozo 'lace' under some dyed tissue. I also discovered coloured hemp string which I used to outline shapes in the landscape. Just as well I like the effect of it bleeding slightly when placed under damp tissue!


4 comments:

Carol said...

Both photographs look very pretty. Love the misty look.

maggi said...

The effects created with this are excellent and The colour bleeding just adds to the piece.

Mai-Britt Axelsen said...

Absolutely delecious...... I didn't know the bit about soaking first - I always just forced it, and not always with good results.

He-he, you (I) learn every day ;O)

AnneJeu said...

This looks interessting! The colours are wonderful.