Eke Krug – Decay

When nature is taking over

A few years ago, my husband and I spent a holiday in the back-lands of Malaga in Spain. During a walk in the mountains, we visited an area where they used to press olive oil. The buildings were very old, walls were falling apart and trees and weeds growing in and out the building. We didn’t go in, because there was a danger of collapse and it was too dangerous. But it was very photogenic and I took a lot of pictures. One of them inspired me to make this panel. Of course I made my own version of it and made nature taking over the wall.

To create the stones, I used Tyvek on acrylic batting and felt. The crackled walls in the bottom are a combination of mono-printed fabric, with glue on it. Before the glue was completely dry, I painted the piece with acrylic paint, mixing it with little bit a natural dye-powder. I bought this powder from Chantal a few years ago, and I really love it. The color became matted, just the way I wanted it to be. For the joints between the stones I used thick woollen threads. And then I used my sewing-machine, to make it complete.

Materials: acrylic batting and felt, eco-dyed cotton, woollen threads, Tyvek, sewing-machine yarns

Techniques: melting Tyvek on batting and felt, filling up eco-dyed pieces with extra batting, machine stitching using fantasy stitches



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  1. There’s a life in decay, isn’t it? Beautiful!

  2. carolinehiggs

    Fantastic, I love the way you have created the stones and added the vegetation. I love this piece.

  3. An excellent interpretation of the issue of degradation. Nature knows how to make masterpieces. Your work is magnificent in every detail. I love it!

  4. I love your piece – and not only because you used my pigments ! … – stones and vegetation are so real and the composition is very well balanced.

  5. Every detail on your piece looks so real that I get a real feeling of decay. It’s still beautiful! .

  6. studiociboulette

    I love this piece. the fabric is gorgeous and works fabulously for the subject. The moss looks incredible.

  7. This is great. Clever techniques to achieve a lovely result.

  8. What a wonderful piece Eke. It looks so real and I love how you made the vegetation between the stones. That little cluster of leaves is like nature itself.

  9. Very effective. I love that you took the photos a long time ago and now they were applicable. We never know when we will use inspiration! Very good composition and balance. Bravo

  10. This is so real! Especially the green vegetation between the stones are very effective. Well done!

  11. joanbrailsford

    I like the way that you have approached this theme, and the way you have created the surface is wonderful. The use of glue and dye powder has worked really well and is something I’ll have to experiment with because it is so effective. I love this.

  12. The techniques you used created the intricacies of the different stones and the woolen threads created the perfect vegetation texture. Beautiful interpretation Eke!

  13. A really fabulous piece. I could gaze on it forever. So much detail to see. Well done! Hope you have it hanging at home.

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