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Process

 
 

Yellow onion skins as a natural dye from Risley Dining, Cornell University. 

 

Black bean dye from Rose House Dining, Cornell University. 

 

I've had a long time interest in sawdust as a natural dye and even wrote my Master's thesis on it. Which can be found here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s40691-016-0074-9

For this project I was able to use a large variety of wood sawdust that I've been collecting from my father's woodshop, from the Cornell woodshop, and many other friends. 

 

When it came time to decided on display forms it didn't make sense to use plastic non-biodegradable mannequins for this exhibition, so with the help of Kim Phoenix we began the journey of creating wooden mannequins. A body scan of myself was used to produce a waffle structure using Rhino 3D software and the resulting file was laser cut from MDF board.