Weightless weaving; skeleton leaves made of human hair…
Early on Saturday morning, just before my workshop, collecting ivy on the side of the road. An unexpected discovery. It must have been the days and days of rain dissolving the leaves quicker than they could dry on the branch and fall I suppose. All skeletonised and even in colour; a rich tan. It made me so happy to have some new treasure for the group of weavers I was about to meet.
Jenine creates these delicate, near weightless tree leaves by tying together individual strands of human hair. There is a bit of a trick to it though (thank goodness!). She says
Inspired by the delicate and detailed venation of a leaf, I began stitching individual strands of hair by hand into a water- soluble backing material. At each point where one strand of hair intersected another, I stitched a tiny knot, so that when the backing was dissolved, the entire piece was able to hold its form. Creating this work was a very meditative process for me, as I found myself lost in the detail of the small, organic microcosms that began taking shape.
Photos above courtesy Robert Diamante.
Below are some great pictures taken at Saturday’s workshop by my new colourful gypsy friend Kaspia.