Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Painted Quilt

At the moment I am reading "The Painted Quilt" by Linda and Laura Kemshall. I bought this book some time ago so its now time to use it. This is one of the exercises I have  tried  out in my sketch book. Using paper on the right I have tried to create the image on the left. This was good fun and although I did not have a lot of paper to hand I used whatever I could find.
This book covers a lot of different technics that I intend to use on my hand dyed fabrics. I would definitely recommend this book and also visit their web site to see Design Matters TV.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dyeing Workshop

Here are my fabrics laid out in colour  value.

This is the piece I used to mop up all the spills and clean the jars with. I think it turned out very interesting. and the lightest as it was not saturated with dye.

This is the darkest fabric. We used the plastic bag method, which is probably the best for a workshop situation.
This peice was folded and as you can see I achieved a move controlled design.

The next piece was also twisted to obtain a tie dyed effect.

This is a medium fabric, you can
 see here how the colours (yellow and blue) to create flashes of green.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dyeing Workshop

On Saturday I took part in the Dyeing workshop in Galway at the IPS. Nikki Foley showed us how to dye our fabric with the use of plastic bags. We took our fabric home to wash and dry the next day. Here is my collection. I really liked the pieces that I folded or twisted and tied. I'm looking forward to using the fabric in my next project.