Back to Alchemy

 

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Following a very successful show at Parkside Hall this weekend, I am am back in the Chemistry Lab creating new Eco Printed scarves.

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Creative Inspiration

My new work-shirts – bring on the creative vibes.

Logwood and Eco Dyed Shirt

Logwood and Eco Dyed Shirt

Logwood and Eco Dyed Shirt

Logwood and Eco Dyed Shirt

Pale Logwood and Eco Dyed Shirt

Pale Logwood and Eco Dyed Shirt

Pale Logwood and Eco Dyed Shirt

Pale Logwood and Eco Dyed Shirt

Logwood Shibori Dyed Shirt

Logwood Shibori Dyed Shirt

Logwood Shibori Dyed Shirt

Logwood Shibori Dyed Shirt

Eco Dyeing Heaven

Spent a fantastic morning with Jenny Leslie improving my Eco Dyeing techniques. Jenny was extremely helpful and had lots of advice (some of it direct from her course with India Flint – sooo jealous).

The anticipation during unwrapping is great!

Unwrapping the bundles

Unwrapping the bundles

More unwrapping

More unwrapping

Anyway here are the initial results – not yet washed out so hope they don’t fade too much – very happy with them, although may need to re-dye to turquoise scarf for more contrast/colour.

Cotton with copper mordant and Eucalypus overdyed

Cotton with copper mordant and Eucalypus overdyed

Cotton with milk mordant and  Blackberry Leaves

Cotton with milk mordant and Blackberry Leaves

Dyed scarf with Blackberry Leaf overdyed

Dyed scarf with Blackberry Leaf overdyed

Silk scarf with ornamental eucalyptus

Silk scarf with ornamental eucalyptus

Work in Progress for Luton Hoo Walled Garden

An in-progress reverse applique from my studies at Luton Hoo Walled Garden.

You can view the results at my shows during the Bedfordshire Arts Trail and Hertfordshire Open Studios, during September.

I look forward to seeing you.

LHWG Greenhouse001

 

 

Harris Tweed – Weaving a Way of Life in the Outer Hebrides

Another lovely film from the Harris Tweed Authority including the very helpful and approachable Norman MacKenzie, who I met on my visit to the islands last year (and definitely does have an accent!).

Go Harris!

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Shirbori Dyeing – Itajime

Itajime uses clamps to form a resist – I used pegs and bulldog type clips but you can also use string; flat pieces of plastic or found objects.

Itajime using pegs

Itajime using pegs

Itajime with pegs

Itajime with pegs

Itajime with bulldog type clips

Itajime with bulldog type clips

Itajime with bulldog type clips

Itajime with bulldog type clips

This piece has less colour as only a small portion remained on the surface and in direct contact with the dye.

Scrunched and held in place with string

Scrunched and held in place with string

 

 

 

Shibori Dyeing – Folding Resists

When folding it is important to expose as many edges to the dye as possible – so don’t fold the sections back on themselves, enclosing sections in the centre of the bundle. Instead use a concertina method, pleating each section on top of the other so that the edges remain exposed.

Getting some lovely patterns and I really enjoy the fact that I do not have complete control and so there are lots of surprises and no two designs are the same.

These are dyed with Brazilwood or Onion skins.

Concertina Folding

Concertina Folding

Concertina Folded Resist

Concertina Folded Resist

Concertina folding

Concertina folding

 

Triangular Folds

Triangular Folds

Triangular folding

Triangular folding

 

Triangular Folded Resists

Triangular Folded Resists