Friday, 21 December 2012

Woodgrain and mountain path on silk viscose and linen.

Fabrics compared, linen and silk viscose satin. I like how differently the dye spreads on the cloth depending on the fibre it is made from.

The previous post is before and after photos. These ones are front and back.

Since breaking up for the holidays I've been trying out a few basic shibori techniques on linen and silk viscose satin. I used my indigo vat to dye them and I love the way it dyes. Most dying processes seem a little magic to me, but I've not used indigo before, and it has a special quality that I'd not realised previously. 

Some more fungus growing in my garden

Friday, 14 December 2012

University term is finished. I have a small indigo vat to play with, and lots of ideas. And my dissertation to finish writing. A lovely silk warp to dye, but not with indigo. And some hanks of silk bourette to colour as well. 
Christmas may be a little late for me this year as I have builders in, and my house is crazy disorganised and dirty to boot but it will hopefully be done by christmas eve when I shall light a candle and give thanks.
Blogging today, mainly to post the link to the Jake and Dinos Chapman exhibition at the nuca gallery. I went with a friend this afternoon and it's good, It reminds me, a little, of an exhibition of Odilon Redon prints that I saw at the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge a few years ago. Definitely worth a look if you are in or near Norwich.

Colouring book sketch

Saturday, 8 December 2012

This morning in my garden, I happened upon these beautiful, velvet-y fungi. I think they are called Ear Fungi, which kind of figures.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

A few images from my last project, small stitch and dye samples. I wanted to see how I could change a piece of cloth using these simple processes. I really liked how the stitch altered the fabric so completely, not just visually, but physically too. And sewing with different fibres and using cross dying, over dying, tie dying and devore I am beginning to find out how many colours I can get using simple processes.