The pieces that I create are of the land itself: the clay, fallen leaves and sea water all shaping the outcome. Some of the dyes that I use are grown in my garden in coastal Nayarit, Mexico. I also regeneratively collect from places that I visit, or obtain materials that are organically or ecologically grown. The main fabrics I use are manta (unbleached Mexican-grown cotton) and a hemp/ organically-grown cotton blend.
Botanical dyeing requires many processes, including scouring (boiling the fabric to remove waxes and impurities that are in cellulose/plant based fibers) and mordanting. Mordants are what help the fibers to grab ahold of the dye molecules and make the fabric more light and washfast.
Much of my work involves creating resist patterns using stitching and string. Many cultures all over the world have used these processes, most notably Japan, Africa and India. My current work includes Indigo using an organic fermentation vat, an ancient tradition that spans the globe, including Mexico!