Maryte Collard – Decay
The Last Leaf
Few years ago I got interested in eco dyeing. Then I did a lot of rust dying and dyeing with leaves and plants. I realized that the process of eco dyeing actually is letting the leaves and plants to decay and cause the fabric to decay as well. The same about rust. Iron decays and transfers rust particles and color onto the fabric.
So I call this quilt a double decay. It is made of decayed fabrics and also tells the story of how the leaf deteriorates, looses color, acquires holes and finally breaks up.
Materials and technique: the leaf is made of silk, dyed with plants. The background is made of linen, dyed with leaves and over-dyed with rust. I inserted cords to make them look like veins of the leaf. I also hand stitched areas in holes like some veins were still left there.
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