Wear the Forest


These silk pieces are printed using actual leaves, collected fresh and used only once. Leaves are laid on the fabric which is then rolled around a rusty metal rod and steamed. The heat releases the natural tannins and pigments onto the fabric. Background colors are derived from natural dyes made from roots, barks, berries, and husks. When combined with different mordants such as iron and copper, an endless array of color possibilities are created. Each one is a unique and no two pieces are alike.

With the trees as her teachers, fiber artist Shanna Rose is passionate about creating wearable art from the varied forests of Southern Oregon.

Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky”

-Kahlil Gibran