Each piece begins it’s journey in Rachelle’s studio in beautiful Lakeland, Florida. Rachelle hand picks every flower, leaf, fruit, and stem that goes into each page. She carefully arranges the natural pieces, nestles them in spreads of cotton paper, and boils them for hours. Once this process is complete, she thoughtfully selects each spread and hand-stitches them together to make the final product. The result is a liberation of nature’s essence and a physical expression of it’s aura. On each page you will discover a beautiful blend of colors, a range of textures and impressions, and a never-ending source of inspiration.
You are invited to use the journals, sketchbooks, and stationery however you see fit. Some use the journals to practice mindfulness, writing down their thoughts, dreams, and aspirations, while others use them for gratitude or meditation journals. Others fill the pages with photos and memories, or let their friends and family fill the pages by using them as guest books at weddings or celebrations of life. Some resolve to leave them blank and peruse the pages for inspiration, relaxation, or just to have something beautiful to look at everyday.
Artist Rachelle Eason
Rachelle has been an artist all her life, but her eco-staining journey began in 2006 on her farm in North Carolina. She was given some freshly-sheared wool from her friend on a nearby farm. She attempted to dye the wool by boiling it with fruits and leaves from her persimmon trees, held in place by a piece of paper and a rock. Although the wool did not dye, the paper did.
Rachelle began experimenting with all types of plants from around the farm. Shortly after, she opened a pottery studio and decided to put her plant-staining discovery aside to focus on her thriving new business. Several years later, Rachelle and her family moved to Florida. She finally gave herself the time she needed to fully explore the possibilities of eco-staining. She conducted countless hours of research alongside hands-on trial and error, and started to understand the science, as well as the required techniques, to develop the process into an art.
Rachelle has spent over a decade perfecting her art and mastering the process. She has discovered the nuances that can influence the end result, such as the species of plant, the region it was harvested from, during which season it was harvested, and the combination of plants being used together. These seemingly small factors can have a big impact on the outcome.
Although every piece Rachelle creates is unique from the next, they all share one fundamental element: they are expressions of the beauty that resides deep within nature.