I used up my stash of hand spun and/or natural dye yarn to cover this railing. While it’s fine, it doesn’t go with the style of the rest of the house…. and the wool quota was running critically low. Real wool has such a beautiful depth and shine. the northwest window has a beautiful even […]
What to do with a quite beat up kitchen in a pandemic. Some fun paint and “shale” waterproof contact paper to update it for the time being, and something fun I would never do on nice new kitchen cabinets. Next up is a nice foggy blue tile on the backsplash and island, but that is […]
It’s been a while, repeating patterns. I used to make a lot of these, they are incredibly tedious to make by hand and I don’t have a light table these days. I got a piece of tech that replicates drawing on paper, and the interest (obsession) has returned. The following 9 repeating patterns were made […]
I used to do really craft based work. Somewhere along the line I stopped working with fibre quite as much, and started using alternative materials. Mordant printing uses a thickener and heat to selectively place mordants (In this case I used alum and iron) into fabric, so when put into the pot, the natural dyes […]
So like everyone else in the world I’ve been social distancing, and playing my all time favourite video game…. Animal Crossing. And my favourite accessory in my favourite game is the acorn knit hat. So let’s make one! A quick hand-spun chunky wool crocheted and natural dyed with onion skin and alum.
Repurposed cotton shirts block printed with Alum and Iron, and natural dyed in Madder
I went to Flin Flon MB and Denare Beach SK for a week long artist retreat where I would be a guest artist and hosting a workshop. I had no idea what my next week would look like when I got there. My favourite thing about visiting new places is getting to know people who […]
Two centuries ago no one could have imagined that something as valuable as cochineal, ranked alongside gold and silver as one of the great treasures of the Spanish empire, would eventually be forgotten,” explains historian Amy Butler Greenfield, author of A Perfect Red. (source) When people think about natural dyes, they imagine dull sad brown colours that […]
Last summer I grew several marigold plants and dead headed the blooms as they wilted all summer. I decided to finally make a dye bath with them. Marigolds make a beautiful green/yellow dye, and I will be showing the instructions to permanently natural dye wool with dried marigold blooms. You Will Need: Yarn- 100% wool […]
Wow. North America has flipped upside down in the last 12 days. Up here in Canada we aren’t feeling the impact of the newest election as harshly or directly as our neighbours to the south, but there is a thick feeling of trepidation and anxiety in that we share a border with a highly armed […]
‘The Wool Fish’ at Rainbow Trout Music Festival, St Malo MB. This interactive textile piece was built under a canopy with a pully system. Participants could pull on any of the strings handing down from the outside, and 26 different areas of the puppets will move up and down depending on which strings were selected. […]
I had a few days off of work last week with my last being tomorrow so I had a full weekend of making an indigo vat and dyeing some puppets for an upcoming installation. I just finished mordanting them to overdye tomorrow and the rest of this week! Pre-mordanting is always my least […]
Photodegrade Hand Spun Wool, linen, plastic bags dyed in indigo 18″ x33″ 2015 As the plastic bags in this piece photo degrade, it reveals the structure underneath.
Assorted natural dye samples, April 2011
This is my semester’s work from advanced fashion. I was taking six credits of this course, and six credits planning the fashion/wearable art show ‘Runaway’ with two other girls. Artist’s Statement for this body of work: The winding patterns of the Gunnera Manicata leaf are my inspiration for this work. As I looked at […]
Pro Mx and Inko Resist, an investigation of all the colours fushia, lemon yellow and turquoise can make. 36″x36″ 50”x95” logwood and iron natural dye.
So much dye! I have been making a lot of coloured fabric the last month and a bit, i am taking an intermediate print and dye course and have been making a lot of fabric Thick Serge Wool, Acid Dye Unbleached Cotton, Pro Mx Solid Dye with Pro Mx print paste sample Unbleached Cotton, Pro […]
After about 300 years tracing the repeat to make it line up correctly: i present my all over repeat. For size reference, the kitchen utensils are approximately life size, if not slightly larger.
So, in my developmental drawing class, our final project is to design a line and stuff without actually making it. we need fabric swatches, and since i plan on doing natural dye, I’ve been dying pieces of silk. i accidentally made all the same colours just in two different pallets… oops! i am going to number them going […]
So, here is my completed repeat! Mine was fairly dull in comparison to a lot of other ones people did in my class. I hand dyed the fabric, just to let you know 🙂 the colour is closer to the first picture, but the flash did weird things up close, so it looks more pink […]
so, i know my blog is basically just screenprinting, but draping is just boring unbleached cotton things, and developmental drawing I’ve been much to lazy to photograph the hundreds of drawings. i promise i will document some in the near future. This is my first repeating pattern. Its of a lamp! i know, its kind […]
I have finished the big part of my screenprinting mid term. This is my fabric, i have 15 ft (approx) of fabric, and i dyed it with cochineal (a type of beetle used to replace red dye 3 in lipsticks and food) and aluminum acetate, and then printed the designs on. I then applied the […]
So, did you know with a little experimentation you can make virtually any (non neon) color with natural dye? Bright, beautiful pure colours. Textiles (aka, dye) is one of the biggest pollutants in the world. Many companies use low quality dyes, and don’t rinse them out properly to make the colours look more intense when you purchase […]
wahooo! i have a few first projects completed in my new classes. first on the agenda are my inspiration collages for Developmental Drawing for Fashion. basically, i was told to do four pages of collage in my sketchbook for what inspires me, and here they areeee
I have mixed feelings about my final. some pieces i am very pleased with, others… not so much. my project is based on tropical fruit. i should be pleased with what i achieved through the lack of sleep and such.. but i still want to redo the dragon fruit one.
I took one for the team, and took pictures of the rest of my dye samples today, sheesh! my natural dye samples were small already, so i had pasted them into a notebook. i just took pictures of those samples instead of digging through my scrap bin, if you’re wondering why they look so tiny! […]
Our second photoshoot was a “draping” assignment, it involved wrapping a 3meter piece of fabric around our body forms until we had no ideas left. Then, we cut holes into the fabric, wrapped them around the body form, and then patched the holes with the piece that was cut out. When we found something we […]
I am taking an introduction to dye class right now. This is the work we had done as far as midterm. The original images for these photos are HUGE so if you want to see details, click on them. Acid Dye Wool, Acid Dye on Silk, Potato Dextrin Resist with application dye on Cotton, Corn Dextrin Resist, Application […]