Eco dyeing

”Like a meticulous naturalist who creates herbariums , Marta Staszczyk preserves on the canvas images of leaves, which inadvertently transform into tree alleys, shrubs and forests...” ~ Alicja Czuber - Filonik

About technique

The most common forms of eco-dyeing are paintings on fabric that utilize small plants or their elements, such as flowers, herbs, leaves, tree bark, roots, fungi or even moss.

In order to extract the pigment and create an image, the fabric on which the plants have been laid has to be treated with hot steam or immersed in hot water.

Marta Staszczyk's gallery - eco dyeing on cotton

Challenges

Unlike in the oil painting, in eco dyeing technique all most important decisions have to be made at the beginning of the creation process. After that there is only waiting for final results, and minor opportunities for corrections.

Similar as with the fragile, randomly cracking wax in the batik, the eco-dyeing technique also does not allow for the exact repetition of the same image; every resulting piece of fabric is unique.

Nature of the technique

Therefore, the eco-dyeing technique requires mastery of prediction, precision and persistence.

Each new image on fabric, whether it is a success or failure (as the dyeing process is not easy to control), expands the range of artistic exploration.

Fortunately, her passion for creation combined with her hard work give Marta the greatest gratification, prompting her to further pursue creative explorations. 

Marta Staszczyk's gallery - eco dyeing on canvas

Experiments:

While batik coloring is done at low temperatures, and the eco-dyeing method usually requires higher temperatures, it is possible to combine both techniques at different stages of the process.

Marta Staszczyk's gallery - eco dyeing in mixed techniques