ORGANIC WALL DESIGNS
These are a distinctive mix of off-loom weaving, warp wrapping and knotting hung from or framed by ‘old found’ wood of one kind or another (branches, driftwood, old window or gates etc etc). Hand spun wool and jute or cotton string are naturally dyed from collected dye sources (lichens, flowers, fruit, ground rocks…even around beetles!).
Jenny’s organic wall designs first happened when she was living in Norwich in England in 1980. The very first weaving was Autumn (dyed with onion skins and crushed cochineal insects that she bought while travelling in South America)… soon followed by Wood (dyed with cocobolo wood shavings plus different mordants) and Just A Little Green (dyed with nettles plus different mordants. Along with Clunie Island and Outback these first weavings are all still in the MacLean’s own home in Butterstone.
Over many years Jenny’s weavings have been purchased for private collections in many different countries as well as the UK … from Netherlands to Germany, the USA and Australia.
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Just A Little Green (1981)