about me

I live in Hamilton, New Zealand. For the last 10 years I have worked with recycled cloth. My current practice involves dyeing pre loved cream blankets, silks, linens and threads with natural plant material, and more recently eco printing, rusting and compost dyeing.

The serendipitous nature of the results – each piece totally unique and original – never ceases to fascinate me. You cannot predict the end result, due to different plant matter, vessels and water used.


5 thoughts on “about me

  1. Hi Marion
    I am a Newstead resident and the new editor of the Newstead Community Newsletter – the first edition for 2013 is going to print next week and I am going to include some info/news about Tre Tischler’s wooden circle. He has shown me the wonderful photos you took as his wooden circle progressed. He suggested I include some of the photos in the newsletter and I hope you would be happy for me to do this, crediting you and your blog of course? (it’s easy just to copy the image from the blog as you can imagine). I’m following your blog now too! Regards, Megan Jones

  2. Hi Megan,
    Yes that is absolutely fine, it is a great art work. I am surprised it was never covered in the Waikato Times, well not that I ever saw.
    Thanks for asking

  3. Hi Marion,
    I’m a student at Plymouth University in England, and I am in my final year studying Fine Art. For my current module I have been looking at natural dyeing, and I came across your page. I love your stuff, this is probably a really simple question, but I just wondered what the substance is that you leave your materials to soak in?

  4. Hi Jess, thanks for your inquiry. I just use rain water to soak and to boil the leaves. You can use tap water but the result can be different. Its a matter of trial and error. I generally use silk or wool as they take the colour better without using a mordant – a fixer. I hope this answers your question.
    If you are thinking of experimenting with natural dyeing I recommend getting hold of the excellent book Eco Colour by India Flint, try your local library. She explains it all very well.
    Good luck with your studies.

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