A quick glimpse around the studio the past few weeks: I love this book of puppets that artist Paul Klee made for his son as toys and am using it as my inspiration for color for my next batch of dyed fabrics, rinsing some silk and admiring the colors, an image of my dye color notes and recipes from a recent dye session,tape is what i use as a simple resist in many of my fabrics and there is something so beautiful about the leftover tape wadded up into balls after its removed from the fabric that it often is reused as material for one of my sculptures, and some hand painted fabric hanging to dry in my studio.
a few moments of process from the studio over the past few weeks: dye notes for color recipes, this mundane photo from a 2012 trip to New Mexico is inspiring my recent color choices, some hand painted fabric in process, a peak at some scarves drying next to a few recent hanging sculptures getting ready for an exhibition later in August, loving the basic geometric elements of triangles and stripes that I find in southwestern rugs as a jumping off point for the design of new fabrics,a few tools of the trade.
its been another busy few weeks in the studio, for a visual recap, a few snapshots: new scarves in the works, loosely inspired by the shapes and forms of southwestern rugs remixed in contemporary colors combinations, my dye process in action on the our studio version of a kitchen table, my perspective as i hand paint each carefully mixed color into my design, who could resist that face???, a creative use for some fabric scraps, these fabric coasters are now available online.
a simplified picture of the dye process i use to directly apply dye to fabric
step 1: chose my colors ( i usually make my fabrics with a base of 6-8 colors)
step 2: mix the dyes
step 3: apply the dye to fabric (which has been presoaked with dye activator).
step 4: batch & rinse, once painted the dyed fabric is kept wet to batch under plastic overnight and then rinsed in several steps 24 hours later. once rinsed i machine wash the fabric in hot with professional textile detergent to lock in the color.
check out my etsy shop to see some of the stuff i’ve been making lately with these one of a kind, hand dyed fabrics…