2022 | 25cm x 25cm | Cotton warp. The weft is indigo-dyed linen, nettle yarn, paper yarn, silk and metallic foil.
Forbidden Fruit is all about the materials. On my wintery morning walks I pass the most exotic looking orange/red berries enclosed in papery sheaths. They are Iris foetidissima (the stinking iris) and look so tempting but are certainly poisonous. The styalised design is inspired by an 18th century chinoserie style tapestry. The warp is cotton. The background weft is indigo-dyed linen mixed with a purple paper yarn, to reference the flowers which are pale purple. The berries are linen, silk and a metallic foil yarn. The stems are natural nettle yarn and seed pods are an unknown fibrous yarn. The berries glow against the natural fibres of the background.