Chromascapes - Chemical memories of place

‘Chromascapes’ are plant dye patterns, made from local plant materials prepared at different temperatures & pH, repeatedly dip-dyed onto laboratory filter papers. Each one is ephemeral; many of the dyes are light sensitive, and while the work can be fixed using resin or varnish, I often allow them to decay naturally, keeping only the digital record. Below are some examples with the various dyes used given. For some dyes, using a different temperature or pH changes the collour, allowing different shades to be obtained from the same plant. For example cold rose petal dye is purple, a hot preparation is acid pink, and application of alkali results in blue.

Crocus & turmeric

Lichen & rose petal

Rose petal

Violet & rose


Violet & crocus

Lichen (parmelia)