Here are my first experiments with household chemicals as a discharge paste. On my first piece I thought it hadn’t worked, so went out and left it on the fabric – on my return it had certainly removed the colour but had also started to eat into the material!
These samples are scrunch dyed using Indigo and then printed with leaves, coated with the ‘discharge paste’. I am very pleased with these initial results and keen to move onto to larger pieces of fabric and preloved clothing – whoo hoo!
PS Arts’, Datchworth, project to reproduce a giant sized replica of Katharina Kubrick’s Maria’s Vase is progressing well. Throughout June 30 local artists will be completing one section of the artwork in their own style and media, £10 raffle tickets will be sold with the winner receiving the completed masterpiece.
Today Hazel and I were producing our sections (top corners) whilst the local Brownies were making and selling sunflowers and we had a steady flow of interested visitors. Suspect they were attracted by Sarah’s delicious Lemon Drizzle Cake as much as by the art.Visitors were also able to see other work by the artists involved in the project
Work in Progress
Here is my piece added to the work in progress – it is a reverse applique made from naturally dyed, layered cottons. I can’t wait to see it in pride of place in the top right corner of the finished picture – all will be revealed next Sunday.
I am working on pieces for my Spring/Summer collection and am currently focussing on the colour palette.
These pieces were dyed with St John’s Wort (which I picked and dried myself) and with purchased walnut leaves. Most of the colour variations have been achieved by length and temperature of dyeing on Bute and Soft Donegal wool.