Seasonal Dye Hankie 03.

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Seasonal Dye Hankie 03.

34.00

We are so thrilled to partner with Berkshire artist, Brece Honeycutt on a year-long seasonal dye project.  Brece aims to translate the fingerprint of our East Coast seasons via her singular bundle dyeing technique to create one of a kind handkerchiefs.  

In this third series, Brece used a featherwieght, vintage, 100% cotton as a canvas to explore the winter sky— as the moon slips from the sky and everything darkens just before daybreak. Dyed with a variety of plant materials and then over dyed with indigo; traces of plants (coreopsis, morning glory, goldenrod) and marks from reclaimed nails and washers lay the ground work for the multiple dips in the indigo vat. A mediation on plants from the summer garden and fields, and the winter sky.

* each piece is one of a kind, approx. 20x21 inches, 100% cotton.

*hand wash or delicately wash in a machine every so often.

*limited edition.

 

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Artist statement:

My studio is both outside & inside. As I walk outward to soak in the place, to trod the fields and forests, my pockets fill with the landscape’s treasures — birch bark with its dots and dashes, unfurling hornet’s nests, fallen flowers & leaves, cast off feathers; at the same time, my mind undertakes the cataloguing of the daily changes — freshly sprouted spring ephemerals, the autumn return of the junco, the mint filled with feasting honeybees. Later, these findings and sitings become marks on both paper and cloth and imbue the interior with the spirit of the exterior. The acts of dyeing and stitching bring me back to the glimpsed lichen on the tree, the lines on the birch bark, the frozen ice on the pond and the sounds of the birds in the trees.

“Our eyes see what is outside in the landscape in the form of words on paper but inside, a slash or mark wells up from a deeper place where music before counting hails from.” Susan Howe, Debths, (New Directions, 2017).