This week the Out There group was able to use the pottery studio to try out methods of impressing leaves into clay. We specifically used leaves from plants we have dyed with and hope to include some small ceramic pieces in our final sculpture.
One of our members brought us a large bundle of crocosmia leaves from her garden, saved from last summer. We had read that if you soak the dried leaves for ten minutes in warm water you can manipulate them and weave with them. It was rather successful and we may add the results to the nettle twine we made earlier in the summer.
We also looked at some cordage made with the naturally dyed silk from our eco-dyeing experiments and made plans for our final few sessions and completing our sculpture. Talk around the table was about the benefits of hand-crafting. We discussed the techniques that improve our well-being. There is such an array of skills within our group and these have been shared during the course. We all agreed that using our hands, whether it be for sewing, knitting, gardening, macrame or felt-making is an essential part of daily life.