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Mordanting Cotton Part I: Pre-Mordanting With Oak Galls

Rhea Hoeflok

Tags cotton, mordant, oak gall, onion skin dye, tannic acid, tannin

Mordanting Cotton Part I: Pre-Mordanting With Oak Galls

The first few years I practiced plant dyeing I exclusively dyed on protein fibres. I loved (and still do) the process of taking a raw sheep or alpaca fleece and turning into something beautiful. I used aluminum potassium sulphate for mordanting protein fibres with so much success I never looked further.   When I started experimenting with cellulose fibres (cotton, linen, hemp, etc..) I had the incorrect assumption that plant loves plant. I remember the first time I tried dyeing with blackberries on cotton, the inspiration coming from dozens of stained childhood shirts, only to be disappointed with the results....


If I Were A Plant (An Introduction)

Rhea Hoeflok

Comments 1 Tags aphantasia, blackberries, botanical art, plant dye

If I Were A Plant (An Introduction)

“If I were a plant, I'd be a blackberry bush. I'd wake in late winter full of determination. I'd send out runners and roots in every direction, careless in my joy and heedless in my ambition. I'd invade your carefully cultivated spaces and upturn fences, overrun perennial beds, and choke out pastures. I'd unapologetically take up space. I’d be overlooked by most, a forgettable tangle of brambles and thorns in the landscape. But I’d also be a safe harbour for those in need, the soft and easily-preyed upon, like rabbits and the wrens. I’d stand proud while they hollowed my...