These fabric designs were hand-painted on a beautiful silk/cotton mixture fabric, using fibre reactive, fast dyes.
The subject of the designs resulted from an examination of some of the patterns in Nature that I see at the beach, in my garden, or the fringing rainforest.
For a change from the rather bright designer scarves that I have painted or printed for many years, I decided to use harmonious, softer colours in dull pinks, blues and greens, even browns.
The reason for this choice was because the fabric is so suited to wearing in hot climates and I could imagine it being made up into comfortable dresses, skirts and shirts for men or women.
The silk component (50%) gives the fabric a lustre and crisp 'handle' while the cotton (also 50%!), being hygroscopic, absorbs moisture.
Please click on each image to enlarge.
The three fabric lengths (details shown, below) are five metres each in length. They could be used as long wall hangings or suspended from a high ceiling as art pieces.
But they can also be cut up to make super cool and attractive clothing. I don't feel 'precious' about my art pieces being used for utilitarian purposes!
These three paintings (or fabric designs!) tell a story about the tropical climate where I live.
During the relatively dry winters, rivers in the 'outback' usually dry to chains of billabongs, which are only re-connected when it rains during the annual monsoon or 'Wet' season during February, March and April.
Except on the humid coastal fringe, vegetation may be sparse, except along river courses, and the soil red in colour. Once the rains come, rivers and lakes swell and may break their banks, resulting in widespread, muddy flooding. Once those waters recede the country is refreshed and green, flowers bloom and animals, fish and insects rejoice!
The three images below depict these stages.
'Before the Wet' silk/cotton/dyes 5,000mm x 1140mm - $480
'During the Wet' silk/cotton, dyes, 5,000mm x 1140mm - $480
'After the Wet' silk/cotton, dyes, 5,000mm x 1140mm - $480
These fabric lengths are all 'one off' originals. They are 'free' designs, not repeats, which gives you the opportunity to make them into very special garments.
Each has a separate subject and was painted with fibre reactive dyes as one would paint a semi-abstract painting in oils, watercolour or acrylic paints. After drying, each painting was treated with an alkaline chemical to 'fix' the dyes before being thoroughly washed and rinsed.
All lengths may be washed in a washing machine on the ' delicates' cycle and ironed when damp on the silk setting.