Ruth Thomas has been experimenting with eco-dyeing processes using plant matter from her garden and compost heap. Birch bark, ivy leaves, heather, eucalyptus, purple sprouting broccoli, onion skins and even dried weeds have produced an array of vivid colours in yellows, pinks and deep browns.
Using her drawings of rocks faces, tidelines, leek and buttercup roots and samples of soil under a microscopic as source material, Ruth has combined these fabrics and threads using free hand machine embroidery on aqua film to produce irregular shaped swatches of lacelike material.
The needle of the machine mimics the action of a pen drawing a large scale aerial terrain reminiscent of eroded river courses and rugged mountains.
The completed installation will be on display at our Earthworks Exhibition opening on Friday 24th April 2015 at Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh.