Since the leaf coat was so well accepted by the general public and artist community, I’ve decided to do another garment using the remaining Oregon Ash leaves. This time smaller and using a different splash of interest, lichens! Yes, those primordial cleaners of the air, grey green, symbiotic relationship with trees & not making much of a statement (Ramalina farinacea, Evernia prunastri and some Usnea hirta aka Old man’s beard). They are an indicator species for air quality. Some lichens are used to dye fabric and other textiles often showing up in traditional NW Native basketry (a yellow variety, possibly Letharia vulpina) . When pressed flat they remind me of chrysanthemums or pieces of lace. Should be interesting to intersperse them with the leaves if it works at all.