I have continued to consider salt as a metaphor for death.
Evaporation of water represents the spirit leaving the body well. Still present but not visible.
Tears are salty – mourning grief.
I started by considering a cloth box as an empty vessel with the intention of using a salt solution to make it stand upright.
I then started to explore the possibilities of impressions. I have some old cotton embroidered table cloths. unpicking the embroidery leaves the impression of the original pattern from the stitch holes.
I created a small fabric box and saturated the fabric in a salt solution. Sadly the holes begin to close up with only a small amount of time in the salt.
You can barely see them.
After this I continued to explore the embroidery.
I started by dyeing some section black using Dylon dye.
Initially I tried using some discharge paste that I had from a previous project. Either it had gone off or it didn’t work with dylon dyes but nothing happened.
I then used household bleach painted over the embroidery.
I then unpicked sections of the embroidery to see if colour had been left behind. It had but not in a particularly satisfactory way.
I also tried painting around the embroidery with bleach. I don’t feel that this works particularly well for me either.
Back to the drawing board!