“Grain Elevator and Tansy” (2014)

One of the W.I.P.’s finally finished. I think the roughness of the cotton works well with this prairie piece. I am quite happy with how the piece works with the subject matter. It is quite nice to work with Alberta imagery.

Debra Hunter - Canadian photography, art and handmade

"Grain Elevator and Tansy" (2014) 14.75 inches by 15.25 inches “Grain Elevator and Tansy”
14.75 inches by 15.25 inches

“Grain Elevator and Tansy” is my most recent fibre art piece to complete.

Grain elevators are a classic Alberta scene, however many are disappearing as they age and cities and towns expand. It was nice to acknowledge these giants of the prairies using age old stitching, dyeing and beading methods.

This piece consists of hand dyed cotton, dyed in natural hand crafted dyes of marigold, cutch and madder. The piece is then detailed with hand stitching and hand beading. The stitching threads of cotton, wool and silk are also colored with natural dyes. If you look closely there are some pale yellow threads in the stitching dyed from tansy collected from ditches in Alberta and then turned into dye. Truly a home grown piece.

Photography and art by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta


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