Wednesday, August 24, 2011

into the dye-pot: reconstructed deconstructed avocado






Experimenting with compost dyeing here. An avocado reassembled with soaked and vinegared silk organza as its flesh. Placed into a shallow clay pot, then into the garden cauldron of transformation, a/k/a compost bin. For one season. That means until about the end of November. I think I can hold out that long . . .

30 comments:

deanna7trees said...

wow. what a unique way to use the avocado and cloth for dyeing. can't wait to see the results. how did you come up with this idea?

woman with wings said...

Deanna, I have no idea where it came from. Hope it does something!

deanna7trees said...

i just shared it on my blog. i am intrigued.

Nancy said...

Oooo...I love that avocado! What beautiful photos! Can't wait to see it...

Notjustnat said...

This is cool. I won't look at avocado the same way again. I tried compost dyed before without vinegar and avocado. Can't wait to see the result - Hugs Nat

handstories said...

i think i have to go buy an avocado RIGHT NOW.

Lis said...

What an awesome reason to buy (and eat) an avocado! Looking forward to seeing the results - you must be very patient to be aiming to wait that long!

liniecat said...

Brill idea! We will all be on tenderhooks to see what happens! Its abit like slow cooking lol

Susan Hemann said...

How exciting! I love to experiment too.The hardest thing for me would be the waiting!

jude said...

this is great!

Happy Weaver said...

In the compost pile???

Dip and Stain said...

The avocado pit sliced and laid on the fabric also prints well.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

well, however it turns out, this
is good enough. what a BIG SMILE
it has already caused for me...
i just bet you felt SO pleased
to think this up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

woman with wings said...

Hi everyone, thanks for your kind words, your avocado love, the dyeing tip, and the smile! I will pull it out of the compost in November and post about it when I do. In the meantime, hope to do some printing as Mr. Dip & Stain suggested up there! xo

Birdsong said...

I am sure looking forward to seeing your results!

deanna7trees said...

i just bought 2 avocados and i'm going to try it. i'm going to try and turn one of the shells inside out because i think it's the outside of the shell that gives the pink color. i don't have a working compost pile right now but i'm going to boil it and then put it in a sealed jar. see what you started. it's a brilliant idea.

woman with wings said...

Birdsong, stay tuned!

woman with wings said...

Deanna, how fun -- think I'll join in with your brewing and stewing! Imagine how many avocadoes a Mexican restaurant would go through in just one day! ha.

lynda Howells said...

Everything everybody else said and more you artistic woman.xxlynda

iNd!@nA said...

now that has taken some thought...

yvette said...

interesting (via facebook)
I had a spectaclular result in the bundleway so very curious how this comes out..

realm of inspiration said...

amazingly cool, Peggy!
I am about to "go out and about" and don't you
know I am going to purchase avocados!
I can hardly wait to see the outcome here . . .
cheers,
cristina

woman with wings said...

Lynda, India, Yvette & Cristina -- thanks for the kind words -- have a great weekend!

Morna said...

What a wonderful post! I have been squirreling away avocado skins ever since I saw the pretty pink achieved by Carolyn Saxby. Will they work after drying out? Your approach is "way cool."

woman with wings said...

Hi Morna, thanks! Oh, where did you see that? I'll google her name and look for it. What I've read is to freeze the skins as you use them. This is really just for fun, but hey, who knows?

Morna said...

Woman - take a look at these posts at Carolyn Saxby's Love Stitching Red blog - http://love-stitching-red.blogspot.com/search?q=avocado

Gorgeousness squared. :-)

deanna7trees said...

thanks for that link, Morna.

Morna said...

deanna - I aim to please. :-)

woman with wings said...

Morna, you're right, it's gorgeousness squared over there -- I like that, gorgeousness squared!

And thanks.

Morna said...

:-)