Tessellation by Rose Kulak is a new collection of botanical contact print textiles, inspired by plant materials foraged from Darebin Parklands and surrounds. Exhibiting at BlackCat Gallery in Collingwoord from 21 August to 1 September 2019.
Botanical contact printing - also known as ecoprinting - is a technique involving plants, heat and pressure to create a mark on a substrate - in this case cloth. It is the chemical reaction between the plant material and the cloth that creates the colored print - no other dyes are involved.
The natural fibre cloths - wool, silk, cotton, linen - all respond differently to the process. Sometimes rust from found objects is included to further alter the outcome. When shapes of different cloths are put close together, a tessellated effect can be gained.
The Darebin Parklands is 33 hectares of inner Melbourne bushland setting through which the Darebin Creek runs. The parkland also contain the Spiritual Healing Trail - a gift from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as a gesture of reconciliation. Near the start of the trail is a tessellated rock pavement on the creek bed - the inspiration for the name of of this exhibition.
Hours have been spent perambulating the parklands and surrounds, foraging for plant materials and found objects. The works in this exhibition capture some of what has been found on these exploratory walks through botanical contact printing of textiles.
Opening night viewing on Thursday 22 August, 6-8pm. All welcome.
I would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land on which Darebin Parklands and BlackCat Gallery is situated. I pay my respects to the Elders - past, present and emerging. This land was never ceded, and always was and always will be Aboriginal land.