Grandmother Baba Yaga is a very important figure featured in ‘She Melts’ . She’s an Eastern European witch who lives in the deep dark forest and she represents the innate ancestral wisdom in my story. She’s very, very old as you can see from the image. The cloak I made for her was a very lovely process. I found a bright pink cloth with a nice thick weave and dyed it black (it came out dark grey which is even better). Here is a picture of the dye pot on the fire in my backyard and the bamboo structure I put together to hang it on to dry. The process felt very suitable for an old witchy grandmothers cloak.
Then in one corner of the cloak I sewed a few dyed embroideries and doilies to embellish it a little and make it feel grandmothery. Before I started this work I stopped into an up-cycle clothing and antique shop in Glen Innis, NSW, (when visiting my real Grandmother) and there I got some advice from a group of Yaga characters (pictured) who are well into up-cycling doilies and embroideries too. I promised them that Sue and I would take ‘She Melts’ to Glen Innis to show them and we will!
You can see the cloak in the photo below. Sue is playing the khane for her scene.