I spent yesterday afternoon
puttering in my dye studio.
I was dyeing backing fabric
for several more pieces,
so while mixing and stirring dye pots,
I also played with one of my 'teacher' pieces.
Elin Noble introduced me to the term 'teacher'.
In my case, it is a piece of fabric upon which
I try out various techniques
before I work on the 'real thing'
(and hopefully NOT screw it up!).
I'm having fun with the above piece -
layers and layers of dye and wax
(I think four altogether...maybe five?)
and now I've added some Pro Chem textile paints
to jazz up the fern.
The golden yellow is a transparent paint,
and I was surprised at how well it stood its own.
I keep a large sketchbook on my dye studio worktable,
so I can document trials.
I screened the pine needles below:
the large orange one is with Pro Chem's
Golden Yellow Procion MX dye, thickened,
while the smaller one is with their
Golden Yellow textile paint.
Here is another section of my 'teacher' piece:
more textile paints,
Shiva Paint Sticks,
and a bit of cheesecloth
applied with Matte Medium and thickened dye.
I also spent a bit of time collaging
snippets from a diary I had kept when I was ten.
I copied the entries that I really liked;
cut them up;
collaged them on paper;
printed them out;
colored the paper with
FW acrylic inks, thickened dyes, and textile paints;
and cut them into leaf shapes:
then I laminated them to my little 'teacher'
with matte medium.
It's a very busy piece of silk,
but I've got a good bit of dialogue going on here!
thanks for dropping by
peace to you!