Yvonne stumbled on this method of dyeing cloth quite by accident. In 2001 she had been asked to mark two trails, one long and one short, through local bush in preparation for a “Walk Against Want” fundraiser.
She duly marked the trails by tying strips of cloth onto low hanging branches in order to clearly indicate the path. The short walk was marked with white fabric and the long one with coloured strips. The next day a storm ripped through the district
Some time later Yvonne walked the tracks to retrieve the markers and discovered that many had become wrapped tightly around the branches due to the high winds and were no longer dangling.
Not wishing to waste the retrieved cloth, she washed the fabric with the intent of reusing it and noticed the cloth had taken up colour, assisted by moisture from the rain. This leached into the washing water, colouring the solution.
Excited by the possibilities Yvonne returned to the trail, deliberately wrapping cloth around those trees that had made the strongest colours on the original markers.
Since those early experiments her wrappings have increased in number and distribution. Yvonne uses the resulting cloth, coloured by the gentle processes of nature, in her textile work.
Sometimes she makes pieced quilted objects and at others simply hanging long strips of cloth as an impressionistic forest installation. Image on right taken at Kongolia, Cambrai SA