Greetje Hein – Botanics – Phragmites Australis
As many of you know, most part of Holland is below sea-level.
Where we live used to be a sea until they build the “Afsluitdijk” in 1932. An area of 1100 km² became a lake. In the lake they made polders. First dikes were built in the lake and the water was pumped out. The part we live was reclaimed in 1942. After that there came two more polders.
This means I live on the bottom of the sea, over 3 meters below sea-level.
When the polder was reclaimed there was reed and rapeseed to get the soil dry and ready for agriculture.
So reed (Phragmites Australis) is one of the first plants in our area.
Nowadays you see reed in nature areas and next to ditches and canals.
For my quilt I sun-printed real reed. I painted a piece of fabric with transparent textile paint, pinned reed on it and let it dry in the sun. I machinequilted some lines between the white print and the colored fabric.
Then I painted real reed (flowers and leaves) with opaque textile paint and printed it on organza. I pinned this on top of my first layer and quilted it free motion.
I painted another piece of fabric with water-soluble wax crayons as background of the drawing of phragmites australis. I printed the drawing from my computer and transferred it with acrylic medium on the fabric.
close up view