My all time favorite food is Indian, so when Helen picked these colors, my mind went to all the delicious curries, tandoors and masalas I've eaten. I know that in England there are lots of wonderful Indian restaurants, but we only have a few in Ventura County, so a few years ago my husband and I took some Indian cooking classes at a local woman's house. She sold her own home made spice combinations and we were able to see the various seeds before they were mixed into their wonderful combinations.
My inspiration for this piece came from the seeds I had seen. I started with various fabrics I had manipulated in the past through either rust dyeing or screenprinting. They started out yellow, brown and orange, then after stitching, I threw them in a dye bath of burnt orange. The center leaves didn't have much contrast, so I bleached them out. I hand stitched some smaller seeds on to add a little contrast. Gastronomically speaking, this has been my favorite challenge!
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