Re-purposed fabric, thoughtfully created.
My name is Seonaid Burnie and I am an eco-printer and textile artist based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. I re-purpose second-hand fabrics using eco-printing and dyeing techniques using plants and trees foraged from our City’s residential red zone and then use them to create one-off pieces of abstract textile art.
After moving house close to the Christchurch residential red zone 4 years ago, I found that this vast area which was once was home to much loved home and gardens, had turned from rubble and ruin in the wake of the earthquakes, to an oasis of abundant flora and fauna. So began my journey of exploration into the plants and trees growing within our garden city and how they could be utilised: from food, to healing properties, to art. Eco-printing and dyeing techniques are an ever evolving learning process, and using second hand fabrics can make for varied (but always interesting!) results. A student of textile design, I wanted to use my skills and knowledge, and combine them with these newfound sustainable practices, layering colours and textures to create abstract landscapes and seascapes inspired by the dramatic scenery of Aotearoa. I intentionally do not name my creations - I hope that each piece can be interpreted differently, evoking a sense of nostalgia which resonates of a special place or time for each individual viewer.