take care

"take care" is a representation of nature and community within Vancouver's Downtown East Side (DTES). All recycled scraps of canvas material was dyed using plants and hand-sewn together. 

Nature is unapologetic, impulsive, and primal - akin to humanity. Nature is also delicate and caring to it's surroundings - akin to our desire to take care of one another. Too often, we are busy and enveloped in our own lives, making it easy to ignore larger issues right in front of our eyes and within our communities. The hand-sewn pieces resemble quilted work - a comforting, nurturing and caring nature. It represents our need, as members of society, to understand and acknowledge our connectivity to humankind as a whole, and our issues as a community. It is our own responsibility to take care of everything that surrounds us, our community, our family.

"pink palette"

19" x 25" h

dyes made from beets, avocado seed, avocado seed and skins, blueberries, red cabbage
with aluminum mordant, pomegranate seeds – on raw cotton canvas and raw linen scraps, handsewn
with cotton thread, pinned and framed in 19”w x 25”l x 1.5” d white wood frame.

"yellow palette"

19" x 25"h

dyes made from saffron, turmeric, yellow onion skins – on raw cotton canvas and raw
linen scraps, handsewn with cotton thread, pinned and framed in 19”w x 25”l x 1.5” d white wood
frame.

"green palette"

19" x 25" h

dyes made from red cabbage with baking soda mordant, spirulina with aluminum
mordant, alder cones, bark and twigs with aluminum mordant and iron mordant, nettle leaf, dandelion
flowers and leaves with alundum mordant and iron mordant – on raw cotton canvas and raw linen
scraps, handsewn with cotton thread, pinned and framed in 19”w x 25”l x 1.5” d white wood frame.

"purple palette"

19" x 25"h

dyes made from red cabbage with baking soda mordant and vinegar, black beans,
pomegranate seeds, blueberries – on raw cotton canvas and raw linen scraps, handsewn with cotton
thread, pinned and framed in 19”w x 25”l x 1.5” d white wood frame.

 © 2019 by Courtney Hundseth. 

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