Good News, Bad News

Here it is — the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The washing out and unveiling of the mold-dyed pieces. The bad news is that the mold weakened the fabric, and it disintegrated. The good news is that it only disintegrated around the edges, and the centers are intact. I think I like them better this way. This is prettier than if they were whole pieces of rectangular canvas. They look like ancient relics, or shrouds.

Here’s the red onion piece:

Mold Piece

Detail of red onion piece:

Mold Detail

This is the orange piece:

Mold Piece

Detail of orange piece:

Mold Detail

The edges are intact, too, and I think I can do something with these.

Mold Piece

Now I have to figure out what to do next. They’re too fragile to stretch, so they’ll have to be mounted on other fabric or something.

The colors are beautifully subtle, and they look good against both white and black.

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7 Comments

  1. The details of the red onions and especially the oranges are very interesting. Looks like a photogram.

    The mold on the outside of the canvases was gorgeous. Too bad you had to clean them for the sake of hygene.

  2. Hi there. LOVE the results. I've also been playing around with this process.
    I'm wondering though, once you're happy with the piece, is there a way to seal it so it doesn't continue molding? Or does it stop on its own?
    Cheers,
    Kearnsy

  3. Hi Kearnsy,

    It's been seven years since I completed these pieces, and they have not changed in seven years. They are attached to a pigment painted canvas, but not sealed in any way. They have not continued to mold. Note that I did wash them once I was happy with the results, and I guess washing was enough to eliminate the mold. They're holding up fine!

    I'd love to see pictures of your results with the process. It's fascinating, isn't it? Even prettier on silk, if you're inclined to work with silk.

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