Creating magic with natural botanical prints

Connecting with techniques from centuries ago can set the imagination and spirit soaring.

By NATALIE CHETBOUN
February 21, 2018 17:55
Scarves by Suzanne Dekel

Scarves by Suzanne Dekel. (photo credit: BECKY KESTENBAUM)

 
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Suzanne Dekel wakes up in her third-floor apartment in Shoham. After the usual morning preparations – getting dressed, eating breakfast, taking her son to school – she strolls through the woods near her home searching for natural materials she can use to dye a scarf. If she spots something beautiful, a leaf with an appealing shape perhaps, or a tree that produces a vibrant color, she asks the plant permission to take a piece with her. Back in her studio, she carefully transforms cuts of raw silk into a visual record of the day’s finds.

While this is the rhythm of her life now, it wasn’t always so. Dekel, who made aliya from the Netherlands some two decades ago, worked as a musician and music teacher (she’s a trained classical guitarist) and then at a hi-tech company before discovering the world of natural dyes and eco printing.

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