Approaching the botanical

December 14, 2016

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!

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Curious colour

October 3, 2016

 

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.

 

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November 15, 2015

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.  

Botanical dyed silk scarf.

Botanical dyed silk scarf.

One below shows a Shibori technique displaying sea-blues and leaf-greens with just a touch of earthy shades coming through.

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Hand dyed silk incorporating a botanical approach.

November 3, 2015

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Experimenting with dyes and resist whilst incorporating windblown leaves produced this silk scarf.  


Back to the dyepots!

August 6, 2015

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.

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Another technique on wool felt using shibori

May 22, 2015

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…..

Another piece of white felt was dyed using plastic & wood resists.

Another piece of white felt was dyed using plastic & wood resists.

The effect.

The effect.

More resistance!

More resistance!

This is the result of various dyes being applied with resists.

This is the result of various dyes being applied with resists.

The other side!

The other side!


Working more into previously dyed felt.

May 20, 2015

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?

Refolded, ready for second dye-bath.

Refolded, ready for second dye-bath.

Second piece of felt applied with resists and dyed in a dye-bath.

Second piece of felt applied with resists and dyed in a dye-bath.

With another dye colour added, this is the result.

With another dye colour added, this is the result.