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

South Bedfordshire Revisited

Looking back at my previous work has finally inspired me to focus on more of my local views. Here is just a small taster – currently I am creating an new version of Dunstable Priory Church:

From Dunstable Downs

From Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Priory Church

Dunstable Priory Church

Swiss Garden - Tapestry Weaving

Swiss Garden – Tapestry Weaving

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

 

 

HVA Summer Show at Harpenden Public Halls

Just dropped off my work for the HVA Summer Show – a long queue of eager artists, and glimpses of their art, promises a good show:

HVA Harpenden

Just a little look at my new landscape – the Ain Mountains in Southern France – but, as with all textile art, it is better to see it in person:

Horizon III - Ain Mountains, France

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

Shibori Folding and Dyeing – Karamatsu and Arashi

Karamatsu – is a circular design created by using stitch as a resist. I also used stitch to create concertina folds and a leaf pattern.  As you can see my skill with this technique still needs some work.  However, happy accidents can still produce interesting patterns. This piece was dyed with blackberries.

Karamatsu

Karamatsu

Arashi or pole wrapping involves wrapping the fabric around a stick, bottle or similar object, using elastic bands to hold in place and squashing the ends together to create tight pleats. Sometimes this can result in undyed areas but in this case I have achieved different intensities of dye, depending on how near the surface/close contact with the dye the fabric lay. Blueberries were used in this dye bath.

Ashari

Arashi