Wax, dye & silk

September 15, 2017

Spring sunshine in Dungog beckons me into my cool downstairs wet-room … hooray!

It’s a good time now to wax lyrical …. get out my copper Printing tools and experiment with my range of dyes.

Here, silk has been printed with wax (to act as a resist) before dyes are painted on, to then be batched.  An update showing the result is coming shortly.




Shibori dyeing day

May 18, 2017

A playday with two friends, using Procion MX cold water dyes produced many delights for each of us.  Here are two that came from my folding and twisting.


Working with tjaps

January 27, 2016

You may be thinking, what are tjaps!  At a 2015 workshop by Els Van Baarle I too wondered.  I became intrigued by the imagery these beautiful tools create.


My tjaps are vintage copper blocks made in Jarva for batik printing on fabric.  When they no longer are needed they are sold to artists.

This is is my latest addition to my collection.

And this is what emerged from dyeing at my home workspace.


Printing & DSP

January 10, 2016

Two deconstructed screen prints made yesterday were overprinted today.  Using an antique wooden printing block with textile paint I aimed at observing how these two processes gelled.

The last two photos show another DSP created today using bananas for texture.  The first print is darker than the second.  Both show interesting texture.

Simply click on photos to enlarge them.



Deconstructed screen printing

January 9, 2016

image image image image image image imageA dedicated day was spent in the wet room, creating ( hopefully) background pieces for art textiles.

Some may be used in creations for an exhibition later this year at Dungog, NSW.

My preference leans heavily to saturated colour, but I need neutrals for contrast.  So Here you can see my preparation of procion mx dye – black – that was added to manutex  thickener.

This was applied to the back of silk screens in varying ways to create visual texture.

i want to compare the results of dye with textile painted imagery.  This is my challenge for this week.

More about Dyeing Silk

November 22, 2015


A flowering gum tree growing in our garden produces absolutely huge leaves& beautiful flowers.

Fortunately the windfalls leaves produce wonderful prints on silk and paper.

More experimenting combining natural dyes with my more traditional pigments, has produced some delightful results.

Here’s one example on a silk scarfe for you to enjoy;  also photos taken recently when visiting lovely Melbourne.

Melbourne’s street art is amazing.



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.