Last year I picked up some leaves around the back of the Tate Britain gallery in London. A few weeks ago I saw them on top of a kitchen cupboard where they had sat for months. A Google search led me to my local chemist where I bought a bottle of glycerol. I stacked the three leaves into a plastic tea tray, placed a lot of clean flint pebbles on top and added a mix of glycerol and warm water. For three days I dabbled and turned the leaves until they had soaked up lots of the liquid. then dabbed them dry and now they are wonderfully flexible.
What do I do with them now? I’m thinking of wall-light covers – somehow.