H.E.R.B.S. (Healthier Environment, Remedy for Body and Skin) is a project initiated in 2019 to explore the application of culinary and medicinal herbs as dyes and as donors of essential oils to furnishings and clothing. The H.E.R.B.S. quilt used rosemary, sage and camomile as dyes onto natural linen. In the H.E.R.B.S. installation the practice was demonstrated using second-hand white cotton T-shirts dipped in different herbal dye-baths, as a way of upcycling these garments. Tests by a laboratory, Centexbel in Belgium, confirmed that the essential oils remain in the fabrics giving the potential for improved well-being.
Class of Material
Residence time (How long does the matter/material/artefact stay in an unaltered state in the location/context/system before it decay?)
How does the item affect the environment in which it exists?
How would you like to be with this artefact/material/living thing/matter?
Wrapping my body with it, letting the aroma enter my skin.
What can humans give back to this artefact/material/living thing/matter?
Human knowledge of the use of culinary and medicinal herbs runs over millenia. We should treasure the knowledge and the plants that create these wonderful health giving effects.