Natural Dyes – The Deeper Explorations… Post-Mordants & Ph Samples

This is only half of the second level tests... the original samples, and my additional local colours choices (Sumac Flowers, & Goldenrod) have been soaked, dried, and cut into smaller strips... These are all now re-ordered and ready for their respective modifier baths: Iron water, Alkaline bath, and Acid bath. As you see them here, … Continue reading Natural Dyes – The Deeper Explorations… Post-Mordants & Ph Samples

More Natural Dye Tests… Subtle to stunning

First a reminder about the materials used (see previous posting on October 12)... We have cotton, silk habitat, raw silk, and wool. They have been soaked in mordants (Alum, Soy milk, Sumac) or nothing. I used a cold-bath technique of soaking the materials overnight (after wetting them in warm water). I'm not sure if the … Continue reading More Natural Dye Tests… Subtle to stunning

Natural Dyes – The first trial baths…

From top to bottom, we have Turmeric, Madder, & Red Cabbage. Each bundle contains cotton, silks, wool and in different mordants (or none at all). All the dyeing was done in cold baths and the materials were soaked overnight. I'm not sure why I don't have similar variety with the Turmeric as we can see … Continue reading Natural Dyes – The first trial baths…

Echo Printing – Natural Dyeing Explorations – I see the possibilities here…

I'm finally finding my own way of getting through the workload of my FBRS260 class. I just have to do one thing at a time and do what I understand clearly first. The echo printing exercise seemed simple enough. Take a piece of silk habotai, scour (clean) it, lay some flowers and other organic materials … Continue reading Echo Printing – Natural Dyeing Explorations – I see the possibilities here…

Can You Create Art With Crafts

This year on my way to getting my Art Ed. degree… For ARTH370 – Reflection Paper Reflection Statement:  “You can’t create art with craft [...]. Part of the prejudice is because of the beauty of the medium.[...] The tradition of the beautiful object is always in the way.” By François Houdé (1987) (From: Ann Duncan. … Continue reading Can You Create Art With Crafts

Research On The Prevailing Forms of Ceramics in Montreal Today

This year on my way to getting my Art Ed. degree... For ARTH370 - Independent Research Introduction The primary inquiry was based on the observation of less sculptural ceramics on physical display in many of Montreal’s formal art galleries and noticing a greater representation of vessels in the shape of a bowl. The initial question … Continue reading Research On The Prevailing Forms of Ceramics in Montreal Today