Margaret Brook 2018

 

Fabrics collected in thrift stores, plant material gleaned from the woods and gardens, and wool from my own flock of Shetland sheep are the main ingredients for my fibre creations. Water, heat, and time are the required elements for their slow transformations through dyeing or felting. The botanical printing process I use (inspired by the work of India Flint) creates unique patterns on silk scarves, gives thrift store clothing new life and provides one-of-a-kind fabrics for hand sewn pillow covers and bags.

Working on the shores of the Birch River with an abundance of local plants and the singular qualities of the river water means that each printed piece of fabric reflects the nature of this beautiful place at a particular moment in time. It is always a wonderful surprise to open up a bundle of cloth and see what has transpired in the cooking pot. I delight in every unique combination of texture and colour.

I strive to work with minimal environmental impact by sourcing much of my material second hand, being mindful of water and fuel use, and returning the plant dye stuff to the earth by composting after use. My felt pieces use Manitoba grown wool (hand washed and carded by me) and scraps of thrifted silk. Felting, like dyeing, is a slow process with wonderfully textured and varied results. I continue to learn patience while enjoying the tactile pleasures of my materials. Clothe yourself, adorn your home, or carry your treasures in a bag made with these very special pieces of fabric.

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