India Flint is a fabulous artistic dyer and colorist who has really inspired me over the last couple of years. In her book, "Eco Colour - botanical dyes for beautiful textiles" she explores 'the fascinating and infinitely variable world of plant color' using a variety of techniques and recipes. With my own background and training in textiles, I have been intrigued by the marriage of fabric and wax in my encaustic artwork. Printing my own fabrics using India's techniques has added a whole new dimension. I might spend days printing onto silk using leaves and vegetation, though the process of color transferal can sometimes take weeks or months to complete. The result is yards of fabric containing often surprising shapes and patterns in beautifully rich and natural color tones.
I have been using this printed silk as a base layer and starting point for a number of my 'Pond' series of paintings. The pattern and color provide inspiration for the artworks that I create. Sometimes I will scrape back the wax to expose a small portion of the beautiful fabric imagery underneath. I am currently working on a new series of these Pond encaustic paintings for the Portsmouth Arts Tour. I will keep you posted!