CROTTLE AND WRAP APRONS - EXHIBITED AT INVEREWE BOTANICAL GARDENS - A NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND PROPERTY.
Photographer: Joanne B Kaar
With a focus on Inverewe Gardens and surrounding area through wrap aprons worn by local women seen in photos which are in Gairloch Heritage Museum archives, Lairg Local History Society Archive and lichens which have all been recorded as growing in Inverewe Botanical Gardens - many of which were once used as a dye. My series of botanical style pen illustrations developed into a fabric print of 'crottle' a term used to describe the lichens onces used as a dye. I made a traditional style wrap apron with new fabric. I also made a series of crottle spoons - inspired by the tools once used to scrape lichens off the rocks. These new works combine the work activity with the tools used and protective clothing worn when using crottle to dye wool.