“Hiding in Rest,” Elin de Jong (2014)
In 2014 Elin de Jong began Elin Wanderlüst, a natural dye garden to focus on experimentation and documentation of natural dye and the making of natural dyed fabrics. Each skein of yarn or piece of fabric is colored with natural dyes, using techniques dating back as far as the Middle Ages.
Colors are achieved entirely through natural dyes made from plants, including roots, bark, wood, flowers, leaves and insects.
It can take days to make each color unique.
– A STATEMENT –
“We have forgotten the power that resides in the tranquility, the dirt and the un-pretty of nature.
We should not be afraid to get our hands dirty.
We need to stand still, take our time and have a second look before we think of something as dirty and useless.
In nature’s tranquility we can find color, excitement and endless possibility. And isn’t that all we really need?
I dig up roots, plant seeds, collect bark and shear sheep. I soak, I dye, I wait.”
ELIN DE JONG