It’s been two weeks, so I opened up some of the mold pieces to see how they were progressing. Surprisingly, the lemon and red onion slices had completely dried out without leaving much of a mark on the fabric. Even though I had them sandwiched between pieces of Plexiglas to keep the moisture in.
The beet slices turned into hard pieces of petrified wood, and they had been sealed inside of a black garbage bag. I’ve never seen anything like it before, and I don’t know how that happened. Usually fruits and vegetables begin to decompose quickly and turn to mush.
The results were disappointing, but I decided to go with the flow and continue working with these pieces of fabric. The mold marks became the first step in a layering process rather than an end result in-and-of themselves.
For the second layer I used rust, wetting the fabric with a dilute vinegar solution and wrapping it up with pieces of rusty metal. This looks a lot more promising. You can still see some of the circular mold marks on this piece.
On the piece below, I layered rusty rebar along with some eucalyptus leaves. This is my favorite so far. Once again note the circular mold marks showing through.
I’m thinking of doing some stitching on these pieces next, and then mounting them on handpainted fabric, or perhaps natural burlap or linen.
As often happens, it’s a case of things not going according to plan, and having to be flexible and making adjustments along the way. Which is sometimes easier said than done!
Where do you have to be flexible in your life? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,