I finally got around to experimenting with colouring flowers. My son got white daffodils and roses for me, so that’s what I worked with. With food colouring ready, I pulled out glasses to place the flowers in. As instructed, I trimmed the ends diagonnally under water. Then I sliced about an inch and half up the stem.
This is how the red and green roses came out, after about 18 hours in the dye.
These were the blue and green daffodils.
I think the yellow rose turned out the best. Well, it turned the white rose evenly yellow, no lines or spots.
For the second twenty-four hours, I moved all the flowers one glass over, to another colour. It didn’t change much after that. I don’t know if it was because the flowers weren’t so fresh, or that I didn’t have enough dye in the glasses. Maybe next time I’ll shorten the stem – so maybe the dyes won’t have to travel far? Or add more dye to the water. In any case, I’m happy with how this first experiment turned out. More ideas for the next one ….
Jo Hamilton’s Crochet Portraits
This adds to the discussion and debate on crafters as artists, and their projects seen as works of art.
I have always thought that crafters are artists. Whether I liked their craft or not, I can appreciate the creative process and the hard work that goes into making that object. For example, on the subject of tattoos … I can appreciate and like and wonder at the art work and the process that goes into the design of the tattoo … but I don’t like the “canvas”.
These crochet portraits remind me of a feature on another artist who used thumb tacks, or push pins, to create larger than life portraits. Labour-intensive, to be sure. I cannot imagine working on such a grand scale. Well, I haven’t really tried, unless giving the house walls a new coat of paint counts. Sometimes I tease my husband that maybe I should paint a mural on our walls. That only earns me a severe look from him. Oh, I digress now.
Jo Hamilton’s website can be found here. And be sure to watch the video as well – it’s fascinating.
(Images courtesy of JoHamiltonArt.com)
In any case, as the article says, crochet isn’t just for grandmothers any more (as I have also been called by hubby – which earns him a severe look from me). Perhaps some day I’ll start on something a little non-traditional or bigger than an afghan … something else to add to the never-ending to-try list!
What would you make?