The dress will yield lots of strips of fabric and is really soft from lots of laundering. First I dampened it and scattered it with rusty nails.
A quick trip around the garden produced some eucalyptus bark and dried rose petals (don't have to dead head them now!)
I wrapped the whole lot around a rusted steel sheet that I had printmaking plans for, and bound it pretty tightly with binding wire.
Then it went into my make-shift dye pot where it steamed for a bit over an hour.
It looked fairly mucky when I took it out ...
I rinsed it in salty water and then plain water - it is still pretty gross looking if you ask me!
Once it was dry I washed it with a gentle soap and finally once it dried again it started to look halfway decent.
Apparently the gumtree bark is responsible for making the rusty things turn black. I like how you can kinda make out some of the shapes of the rusty nails. The pics are not really a fair representation as it looks quite a bit more subdued in reality. I love the organic marks and the way the colours melt into each other.