This piece was dyed using fennel. Fennel is one of my earliest scent memories, and reminds me of my first real experiences in nature. The topographic lines embroidered onto the larger hoop on the left correspond to the location associated with my memory of fennel. The lines of the smaller hoop on the right correspond to the site where I collected the fennel.
38° 24' 20” N, -122° 48' 55” W; 38° 24’ 54” N, -122° 48’ 42” W
The process of creating these pieces involved the collection of plants to create natural dyes. The linen tapestries were then dipped repeatedly into dye baths to produce the various tonal landscape effects. The coordinates to the plant collection sites, and settings which held meaning in relation to the plant, were then plotted topographically. The topographic lines were then embroidered onto the fabric and encased in embroidery hoops, highlighting the significance of the locations.
24" X 40"
Handmade Dye from Collected Fennel, Ferrous Sulfate, Linen, Embroidery Hoop, Embroidery Thread, Copper Pipe
Matthew Garcia, MFA
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