Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Nature's Marks Experiment



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Yesterday I was looking in at Dale Rollerson's blog in Australia and read that she was thinking of putting a piece of fabric out into the garden after she had worked on it a little to see what happened. This set me thinking. I had had an idea for some time to put a canvas panel in the garden to see what marks the elements would make on it but had never done anything about it. The idea started when I saw this piece of hardboard laying about at a venue I went to.

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So, spurred on by Dale and Maggie Grey, I have put 4 surfaces out into the garden to see what the weather can do to them. They are, clockwise, canvas with rusty blades, silk, cotton, and satin (I think). They are in different areas of the garden so I'll see what difference that makes too. Dale has been working on her fabric before putting it outside and may stitch on it first. As it is summer in Australia the effects on the two sets of fabric will surely be different. If I can find the time and energy tomorrow I think I will prepare another piece of cloth in a similar way to Dale and put that out too. Good job we don't get too many visitors, they'd think I'd completely lost the plot! I probably have!!!! LOL
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9 comments:

Gina said...

It will be interesting to see the results of your experiment Julie.

Julie said...

Diana, I have left you a message on the Julia Caprara post in reply to your comment.

Robin Mac said...

Should be interesting to see what happens to the different pieces Julie. congrats on winning Maggie's draw - lucky you. How are you feeling now, hope the gallstones have settled down. Cheers, Robin

ANNA said...

As part of the Historical Hierlooms course we put fabrics in the compost and I put some in my wormery - after 4 months in the wormery the fabric had not changed at all!!!!! No worm action

downunderdale said...

of course your visitors will think you are mad - mine just know I am! Dale

lesley said...

Hi Julia. What a great idea, I'm going to try it. Can't wait to see your results. Thanks for sharing. Hope your feeling better. xx

lesley said...

Please forgive me Julie!! Isn't it so annoying when people get your name wrong! Tee Hee and once again to make sure JULIE!!

silverpebble said...

Hmm, rust, fabrics, the elements - could be a good one. Ever done experiments with shadowing and silver salts - crude photography - looks like great fun. Maybe next year when (if) the sun comes back. It would be great to capture images onto fabric (e.g. leaves) using this techniques, fix them and then use them for projects. Just looking for a link to the compounds you might need....

Helena said...

This is a great idea! I wonder if some kids at primary school could do it? I would, but I fear mine would just get covered in hedgehog and bird poo. And possibly bears', too.