"Earth / Tierra"

"Earth / Tierra" this dress was inspired by the colours that emerged from various eucalyptus leaves that I use for dyeing the silk. The shape of the leaves and the colours they gave reminded me of the abundant gifts that we receive from the Earth. 100% dupione silk; Eco-dyed using eucalyptus leaves and other native New Zealand plants. Fabric design by Lindsay Embree; Dress design by Astri Prugger (Montreal, QU); Dancer: Colleen Kastning (Saskatoon, SK). Photo: Bill Hamilton

The inspiration for the "Ancient Elements" project emerged from three seemingly separate interests: the yards of silk fabric that I dye in New Zealand using Eco-Colour Dye methods, my love of Flamenco, and my knowledge of Ancient Greek history & culture.

The silk fabrics for the four flamenco dresses were specially selected and dyed in such a way as to represent each of the Four Ancient Greek Elements of Fire, Earth, Air, and Water; the four together make up the whole.

Eco dyed on Silk dupione