Naturally Printed Silk Scarves by Mel Sweetnam
These silk scarves are handmade by artist Mel Sweetnam of Mamie's Schoolhouse. Each style was dyed and printed using a variety of natural materials. Style #1 derives its colour and patterning from maple, logwood, and indigo. Style #2 features maple, poplar, madder, and cochineal. Style #3 was created using indigo, butternut, cotinus, and blackberry.
An ecological fibre artist, Sweetnam combines her fibre arts studies and academic studies in biology to explore and teach a vast array of plant-based mordants and dyes, and an ecological stewardship approach to all fibre arts. She is the founder of Mamie’s Schoolhouse and the Unama’ki/Cape Breton Fibre Trail, a juried member of the Canadian Bookbinders & Book Artists Guild, and President of the Victoria County Arts Council. Mamie was Mel’s mother and her first fibre arts and conservation teacher.
Naturally dyed and printed silk
68 x 14 in
173 x 35.5 cm