Friday, 16 April 2010

Erosion Bundle 2 - out of the compost heap

These are photographs of my second Erosion Bundle, fresh from the edge of the compost heap.  You might remember that my three feathered friends scratched it up, so it had to be reburied with due ceremony.   It was wet and soggy and definitely smelly.
And a feeding ground for some yukky maggots.

The photograph below shows a strip of screen-printed wool, which has faded quite a bit and has begun to grow some kind of mould.


Here it is with what I initially thought was more and bigger maggots, but then I remembered that it was a cuff I had knitted!   The lavender buds and incense sticks certainly did not conceal the pungent aroma wafting up from the unwrapped bundle.

Nice piece of disintegrating screen-printed muslin.
A close-up of the wool.

A gloriously golden stamp stuck to a piece of muslin, which took the dye from the wool.
Another muslin/stamp combination.

This is the knitted cuff that I thought was maggots, once it was rinsed and dried.
The whole piece has come out in a kind of butterfly wing shape, so there is definite potential there for something.

I love the way the dye shades have transferred to the lacey edging from the screenprinted wool cloth.
So now we've all got until August to produce our artistic creations ..... any suggestions more than gratefully received!

Click here to see what other Project participants have unwrapped and have a look at my yesterday's post if you want to see Bundle 1.



21 comments:

Fabric Art said...

Chrissie wow your bundle looks wonderful, love how it has changed.
Anni

Doreen G said...

I love how you fabrics have turned out--I can understand the smell from the one near the compost because I buried one of mine and when I dug it up it smelt like something was dead inside it.
http://doreeng.blogspot.com/

Chrissie said...

Thanks Anni, I think this bundle will be less of a challenge than the first one!
Doreen - I had to gently rinse the contents, spray them with Febreeze and then plug in a strong air-freshener in the hallway to get rid of the pong indoors!!

Menopausal musing said...

I just happened to read about someone else's bundles and HAD to come one over and take a look..... WOW! what a fascinating project. Wish I had taken part. Might play at home with "stuff"............ Looking forward to seeing what you produce....

Kris Henderson said...

Well, this is just awesome to see. I really do
love the fabric changes :)
And honestly, I think I have to put the photo of the freshly dug up bundle on the blog! It screams Erosion Bundle!

Deborah said...

You achieved some great colors! So glad it turned out not to be maggots.

Jasmine said...

This is amazing. i am so in awe of your bundle. I think you will wow us with your creations :)

Jill said...

This is fascinating - I have got some accidental erosion going in my greenhouse. Some old tee-shirts used as rags and a pair of rubber gloves left in there over winter show lots of interesting fading and perishing. It might be a good spot for an 'arty' bundle.

Printed Material said...

Well these turned out with more potential Chrissie didn't they? Now, what to do with them? I'm sure you have a good few ideas already? Nuno into some of those lacy pieces is the most obvious to me (but what to make?) or... just because I'm book obsessed... what about incorporating the outcomes into a book like a record of the process of transformation or poems about metamorphosis. If you go over to Jill's blog (last comment) you'll see she's just been on a course making a book with pelmet vilene covers. Could your pieces be laminated to a substrate like this and used? Or perhaps an assmeblage in a box like a museum display or something? I know, I know, what a load of drivel... but you can eliminate my ideas and it will help you focus better on the others!! Lesley x

Printed Material said...

PS Just re-read the comment and see I am challenged in the vocabulary department today. What is an ASSMEBLAGE you might ask. I know you know what I meant but I apologise for being dim today! Must try harder - 6 out of 10.Lesley xx

Ange said...

Chrissie, that is sooo interesting. What beautiful colours you started with. I must start this project myself one day - no chickens may make it easier.
xx

ewa-christine said...

It is so very nice, congratulations!!

Menopausal musing said...

Re the Chinese comment on my blog: I took it off because there seems to be some connection between them and then receiving loads of spam. It had the word "sexy" in the middle of all of the chinese characters, so I was tempted to leave it.... or to leave another commenh, but decided that the comment I wanted to leave might spark an internation incident... :O))))))))))))))

Menopausal musing said...

Have just read the appalling spelling on that post...... sigh..................

Note to self: proof read before hitting "send"

Anonymous said...

Wow! The smell aside, this has produced some lovely results. I love all the colours and colour-runs and the gold stamp really stands out. I look forward to seeing your final 'creation' ...... with or without the assistance of your garden girls!
Anne

Gunnels blog said...

Wonderful! Very beautiful colours and very nice photos! Thanks for comment on flickr. I couldn´t leave a comment at your flickr today, but I find the photos here!
Have a nice spring!

dosfishes said...

These bundles are great, maggots, muck and all. Thanks for your comments, looking forward to seeing you put it all together.
Spring garden shots are so fun, just feels so wonderful to be out
in and among the green.

Corrine

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

So much gorgeousness in your bundle Chrissie, so much potential. It's all wonderful! Look forward to seeing what you create with it!

:o)

Cathy said...

Hi Chrissie, thanks for visiting and commenting. I am so fascinated by all these erosion bundles. The transfer of dyes from one area and fabric to another is very intriguing.

Seth said...

Your bundle is quite incredible. Mother nature and you are great collaborators.

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