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Journey into the Studio...

It's a hot spring morning on the Sunshine Coast. Heat haze on the road, the strong smell of the bush in the air... Lara is wearing one of her own designs, silk, dyed with Eucalyptus, Acacia and splattered with Oak Gall Ink, a favourite old dress that has been lovingly mended. Perfect for a day of experimental dyeing. Eucalyptus sideroxylon, also known as "Mugga" is the species that Lara is experimenting with today. Lara's father gathered the bark in the dry country, and gave her a bag of native Australian botany, a welcome gift for an enthusiastic natural dyer.   Eucalyptus sideroxylon is one of the 700 species’ that form the Eucalyptus genus. It is native to the western slopes...

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