I have been eco-printing for 5 years, and have not used any eucalyptus until last month. Much of India Flint's work focuses on the use of Eucalypts, native to her South Australia. I have been tempted, but since it does not grow here in the frozen north, I have concentrated on using only local plants and not ordered or purchased any. But, thanks to Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Winter Mentor Program, my students and I were able to play with some. Haystack offers the unique opportunity for high school students to work with local artists in their studios during the winter months. In the past, I have taught nuno felting and Indigo shibori, but this year, I decided to throw caution to the wind and do eco-printing with materials from the florist.
I ordered some Seeded Eucalpytus (latin name?) from Fairwinds Florist and Red Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxyion) leaves and stems from Pineneedlesweetgrass on Etsy. (S., of Pineneedlesweetgrass gathers the Eucalyptus near her home in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.) When the package arrived a few days later, the blossoms were still fresh and vibrant - my lovely assistant commented that she didn't know that summer could come in a bag. Any fresh vegetation was more than welcome during this excessive winter!
I was afraid that I would fall hopelessly in love with eucalyptus and want to use it all the time. The results are lovely! But, I am really looking forward to spring and my local plants that yield amazing color and imagery too.
PS - I found several extraordinary orange printers last year. Slogging through ditches appeals to me much more than ordering leaves!