Flax & Madder I
Flax & Madder I by Catarina Riccabona is part of the ‘Plant Explorations’ collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Earlier this year, The New Craftsmen invited a select group of craftspeople to the Economic Botany Collections at Kew Gardens to examine and creatively respond to a myriad of objects and their narratives. The collection delves into humanity’s ever resourceful and ingenious making traditions with plants. In this work, Catarina traces the story of flax becoming linen; a material that has been a constant in her work, with its timelessness and distinct aesthetic character. The pink stripes in the warp were plant-dyed using a madder root. The mix of satin and sateen at the top and a broken twill below, results in a subtly mixed pattern of uninterrupted vertical stripes. The hand-twisted fringes give the piece a sculptural character.
Material: Linen, oak veneer frame
cm: Width 40cm, Depth 3cm, Height 68cm
inches: Width 15.7in, Depth 1.2in, Height 26.8in
Care Instructions: Dust the frame and glass. Keep out of direct sunlight, some fading might occur over time and is part of the nature of the piece.