The idea of combining natural colours grown from the botanical world with my purchased dyes applied to show a botanical theme is displayed here. Three scarves with three different approaches have created a harmony of colour and imagery using pigments of the land and the shop!
Creating lovely silk scarves continues to be a passion of mine. Here I have worked intuitively allowing my hands to direct the paintbrush. Curiously, I always enjoy the outcomes that result from a freewheeling approach. I feel that the warmth of black (my colour mix) provides a moody contrast to the application of strong warm & cool colours. And the shapes seem to injection spontaneity.
Small time dyeing lately due to other diversions but …. playing with a mixture of pigments eventuated into what I call my stop & go scarves.
This one has tones of bark and red sap – very lovely.
One below shows a Shibori technique displaying sea-blues and leaf-greens with just a touch of earthy shades coming through.
Winter in Dungog this year is a little chilling. My dyeing dungeon (under the house) is not conducive to life! But a spot of sunshine led me downstairs to awaiting dye pots and silk.
Over the year I have dabbled in various techniques to experiment my heart out, and there’s still more to do. It’s now time to harness them in a book that I producing just for me. What can I call this little book of experiments, I am wondering? Your ideas are welcome!
Meantime here’s a few pics of my latest endeavours.
Following my two previous felt experiments, I made this felt piece much thicker.
Instead of using a dyebath I applied a range of different colours (by insertion) into the wool before steaming. This gave better colour management (in an ad hoc sort of way).
Hopefully these photos give you an idea of the process. Quite entranced with the result achieved. Love to hear your comments…..
Cutting off a piece from yesterday’s (blogged) felt, this was then applied with more shibori resists and plunged into a second dyebath. This added a further colour dimension to the previous golden yellow (as shown on yesterday’s entry).
Another exciting result, eh?