But life goes on whoever is in power. And I've a job to do. So today I have begun dyeing cloth for the River Waveney Sculpture Trail. My trip to the valley on wednesday yielded a fair quantity of nettles, some alexander seed-heads (still green and barely past flowering) and some thistles pre-flowering.
Dedicating cloth to a project is always a bit nerve wracking as fabric is expensive and easy to ruin but it has to be done and my sampling process makes the risk slighter.
The nettles on wool gauze make a brilliant yellow-green with an alum mordant. Here is a glimpse of one piece, with a hoverfly.