Making time to do stuff is often a challenge for me. Especially if I open the TV instead of Spotify. I really had no excuse to not get this done. All the fibres and fabrics were ready. The loom was ready. My studio space was ready. My other creative projects were done. I even had … Continue reading Fabrics – Colour Mapping Challenge – Part 5 – Final Product
All the work is sorted & catalogued, photographed & added to the reflection slides for a class presentation...NOW I CAN GET DOWN TO THE FUN PART: MAKING THE ARTWORK! I had a blurry vision of using all my samples together in a woven work. The first step is to make the loom, you see here. … Continue reading Fabrics – Colour Mapping Challenge – Part 4 – The Loom
Here you have them... all together in a nice pile... All the yellow variations I could achieve. I'll separate them and catalogue them, then reconfigure them into something hopefully beautiful... well... no, let's just go with that intention, shall we... Stay tuned and see what happens...
What you'll see here are 3 pieces of cotton and one of raw silk... all soaked in an alum mordant. The cotton is soaked in a cool turmeric dye bath. The raw silk was soaked in an acidic food colouring bath. (Made from watering down a direct application colour paste: alum, guar gum, vinegar, & … Continue reading Fabrics – Colour Mapping Challenge – Part 2 – Some Resists & Removals
The main fabrics are cotton canvas and wool yarn. I've had some old canvas lying around for years... often used as a drop sheet for house painting. I had to scour (wash) it very well to remove as much sizing as possible (and other crap from it). My dyes are made from : Turmeric, Goldenrod, … Continue reading Fabrics – Colour Mapping Challenge – Part 1 – Ready to Catalogue my Results
Here are some of the early yellows: Turmeric.
Stay tuned... there's more to come...
I'm putting together a report on all this in the form of a PowerPoint... mostly for my own desires, as the Fibres class I'm taking doesn't seem to require this. These are all meant to tests, as far as I can tell. I'm still unclear on what the heck the actual "Big project" is supposed … Continue reading Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Different Resists in a Cochineal Bath – Some Initial Results
Ok, this is a little nuts as far as prep time goes... well over six hours, so far... Here's the materials list: 1- Mordanted in Alum, we have: Two 11" x 11" piece of cotton; One 11" x 22" piece of cotton; One 10" x 40" piece of cotton; One 16" x 9" piece of … Continue reading Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Resists – Cochineal Bath – Preparations…
We have the running stitch (Moku-me), Concertina folds, Bound Objects (Nemaki), Whip-stitch (Maki-nui), Pole-wrapping (Arashi), Clamping, Taping, & glue resist. I'm far from certain of all of this and I think it all falls under what the teacher called Shibori dying techniques. My research will be more complete when I publish the full results. Stay … Continue reading Fabrics Challenge Number Two – Resists – Different methods