One of the things I love to do when I get a minute, is to walk and for the moment I am (yet again) obsessed by eucalyptus leaves, when I began dyeing at the beginning of 2012 the ‘red’ leaf prints happened effortlessly. I had no idea that I should be cataloguing and noting exactly where that leaf came from, the whole idea of windfall gathering was so seductive. Now I am on a mission to recreate the initial eco prints that I stumbled upon, its that attachment to results that gets me, as soon as I stop that and start playing magic happens. But now I really am fixated on the red leaf print, I can find green, brown, tan, beige and shades of, but I need to pull out my eucalyptus dye book and hunt down the exact trees. The botanical names are so dry and lifeless in my mind I can barely stay awake to read and cross reference the Queensland varieties with a list that I have of the trees on my property. I think I am just procrastinating and complicating things…

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So in the mean time I get to walk endlessly around Eumundi bag in hand collecting leaves, which there are bountiful varieties of natives there, so my journey continues. And the results keep coming and coming, like the porridge pot that filled the entire village…

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