The Bois Canot
SPOILER ALERT: EVER BEEN FASCINATED BY A TREE, IT'S LEAVES AND HOW THOSE LEAVES AGE... WELL THIS IS FOR YOU
I started collecting leaves while on hikes around the same time I took a sabbatical from planting edibles in the garden. It was late 2015 and I also was tending towards a simpler life where I aimed to purchase less things. Those things I could do without... that list was long and included thing from the local craft markets for the home and cut flowers. I was starved though in a way I never imagined. It lead me to create items for home that reminded me of the outdoors I enjoy so much. This happened in early 2016, April to be exact when I started deliberately collecting leaves.
Here is the Bois Canot one of the first leaves I worked with.
The process is simple: search, wander, collect then preserve and capture in photographs.
I can't pinpoint what caught my eye with this leaf. I also learnt that unlike some of the other leaves I've worked with in these series these leaves do not serve well as cut loose leaves and hence do not translate into foliage that when fresh and placed in a jar of water can decorate your space.
I also honestly place my first memory to a completely dried leaf. It was there I think my fascination began. The leaves of the Bois Canot often dry into a specific and unique shape. I gathered this leaf from the east, on a hike up to the Mermain pool. It was one of a few that I collected that day.
I am in between a rock and a hard place when it comes to making tangible digital prints. Now this is for several reasons. Reason one being I have so many images that I love that it is super hard to narrow down a selection for print. Sigh, yes I know first world problems. I am most happy when I receive an order from a decisive customer that I can fulfill it and not only see but hold my work. The other painstaking issue is the case of accumulating more things. I do not want more things that I soon get tired of and want to toss. And I am skeptical photography prints, after some sharing time and space with them, would form a huge pile of that list marked "Toss".
But in doing this work the aim was to create a body of work that I can make tangible and make part of my home to provide me with a sense of outside but on the inside. So I bravely selected some works and various printing companies and set out to try my hand at printed decor for my home. This is how and where I started. Introvertlybubbly decor working with foliage that inspired the basis of the line.
Tell me; is this something that you would make part of your home? Does it give you the sense of something green and alive even in the absence of that thing being actually a living green? Does it feel like the outdoors or evoke any memory or feeling? I'll love to know. I remain very critical of this one of my first prints but cuddle regularly with this little piece of Trinidad and Tobago that I brought home to Freeport.
With love from Freeport.