Yes! FOR KEEPS aims to rethink single use. How? By giving you 100 ways to wear your t-shirt longer. Longer than the season you bought it for, longer cause you can repair it, and longer because when you upcycle it into your favorite t-shirt, it is for keeps. For t-shirt #8, we collaborated with Maaike from Maaiketralala We can’t wait to share the result, and how she made it! This is a very photogenic topic, and a talented photographer!
How did you make the creation?
I made an ‘ode to galls’ t-shirt by:
Re-use : I found a light colored t-shirt at the monthly clothes swap ‘Krijg de Kleertjes Lunetten’ & swapped it for several black clothing items I no longer wear.
Foraging: I foraged oak galls to use as a natural mordant and Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare – boerenwormkruid) to use as a natural dye. (Please note that I take care to forage responsibly, ethically and sustainably – I am a guest and take the ecosystem I am surrounded by (and part of) into account. Take only a small amount for personal use, do so without causing damage to the host tree or it’s surroundings, leaving enough of the plant to replenish itself and function as a food source or a host plant.
Grow: We are privileged to have a large organic allotment garden close to our home with several fruit trees and a small greenhouse. With a mind always brimming with ideas it is a life saviour (mine & of the dear humans I live with 😉) to be able to get my hands in to the dirt and feel the stream of thoughts coming to a calm flow. The edible perennials we have managed to grow, the herb spiral and sensory play area we planned and built, the herbs that flourish and the dye plants that I have cultivated have proven to be essential for my being in these pandemic times.
Our organic allotment garden with several fruit trees and a small greenhouse.
Due to my health it has been especially risky to invite the village that sustains us into our home so I am grateful to invite our friends and family to our Tralala garden to remain socially close while keeping physically distant. No grand garden parties, but small dinners with a few friends sharing the harvest and thoughts of an eventful year.
Replenish: The dye plants were continually buzzing with bees and butterflies as I took care to sow flowering plants during every possible month in order to replenish the flowers I used to dye my ‘ode to galls’. I dried the oak galls for re-use, as enough tannins remain to ensure a future successful dye bath.
What did you make, and why?
“Ode to galls” – An essential part of this project was the use of oak galls. With this natural mordant I would not have been able to obtain the deep ochre color as tansy & rudbeckia generally dye a lighter hue of yellow.. <Details will be added later>
Oaks galls and tansy, together in a pan. In goes the light colored t-shirt…
And check the results!