More Cas Holmes inspired work this afternoon, although it was a bit more muted than the Indian piece – at least to begin with.
This was the first layer – a piece of calico which some time ago, I folded and stood in a cat tray of left-over coffee – as you do. I thought I would get a narrow stripe of coffee along the folds.
As you can see, it didn’t quite work out that way.
Then some paper – brown, tissue and pattern tissue. [Cliché, I know.]
Yes, it does say ‘shoulder pad cover’ at the bottom. You can tell why that particular pattern was ready to be recycled.
Then a fabric layer – cream scraps and some of the inherited, nasty, poor quality, Broderie Anglaise edging of which I have several miles – well, about 7 yards before today.
Other people inherit antiques, money, property – I inherited textiles. And not silk, either.
A bit of bling – chocolate foil and glitter glue. [Come on, Green & Blacks, make recycling easier – make your foil easier to remove from its backing paper!]
The rather nice swirly design came from an old blouse.
And a final layer of coffee dyed polyester sheer – scrumpled and dunked in coffee this time, again some time ago.
The result is far more atmospheric than I had any right to expect, given my ad hoc approach to design. I think it speaks for the strength of Holmes’ technique that I’ve ended up with two very usable pieces of fabric.
Although it didn’t seem to affect the coffee in the the calico, the paste did begin to dissolve the coffee in the sheer – and the combination oozed out.
Coffee flavoured wallpaper paste – nice.