THE BLOOM OF TIME // KUSAKI ZOME PRINTS // MELANIE ROGER GALLERY // 2014
The Bloom Of Time” suite consists of A3/4/5 paper nature paintings. Extracted and distilled from organic dyes the paintings are soaked and splattered with the halos and stains of floral pigment and natural plant dyes. Kusaki-Zome which means “an art piece amalgamating with some of the diverse blessings of nature. The natural dyes are made from whatever is growing seasonally in the garden and then the live flowers are pressed on to the papers. In an attempt to capture permanency out of the impermanence of each season. Distilled with natural dyes of indigo, coprosma, marigold, tanekaha, blackberry, raurekau, eucalyptus, cochineal, rosemary and rose, to extracting the full colour spectrum. In an experiment with hapa-zome a ancient Japenese technique that transfers the natural pigment of flowers, taught to me by natural dye sensai Deb Donnelly. These works are born through natures gift of time and are a snapshot of a summer in Raumati 2014.