Having peeled the skin from the hogweed, and observing the lovely ridges underneath, I decided that I would explore the potential of printing from the plant.
Last year I did some Gyotaku (nature printing) from fish and octopus. It is a different printing technique in that you must use a brush to apply the ink (oil paint, in this case) and then carefully place or wrap your paper over the subject matter, before rubbing gently. Also having been inspired by Krajcberg’s impressions of the landscape, I thought that this might be a way of documenting part of the landscape around where the hogweed grows, on the banks of the River Tay in Perth.
“Inking up” using white oil paint
Rolled down onto handmade paper
Printed onto papyrus- a substrate which almost seems to encapsulate the feel and texture of the hogweed
I also wanted to try to capture some of the hogweed’s textures in a more 3-dimensional way, so I looked out a packet of air drying clay and made a few impressions of it.
I feel that these clay impressions have a real potential to create a piece of work, as fragments of a landscape, perhaps they could be used in a mixed media piece, or hung as pendants from a piece of hogweed or driftwood, along with other “fragments” which describe a journey, walk or location.