Dying to Dye
I spent a wonderful weekend up to my elbows in fabric dye, print paste, screens, stencils and other surface design fun. It’s been a long time since I have had an entire weekend just to play like this.
Everything is still a work in progress so no photos yet. I have a couple different surface design projects going on now. One is working through the exercises in Jane Dunnewold’s Complex Cloth. Second is resurrecting some of the really ugly fabrics that I have dyed and overdyed and still they are just ewwwwww.
I’m working through the Jane Dunnewold exercises because it has been so long since I have done any surface design that this kind of structured play is a good review and gives me some structure to work within. Because trying to rescue some of these overdyed uglies is exactly the opposite — anything goes here cuz it can’t get any worse!
Activities for this weekend included immersion dying, which I have done very little of anyway. I typically dye smaller lengths (1 yd or less) using a very different technique. Lots of screenprinting, which I love! I did some deconstructed screenprinting a la Kerr Grabowski and Rayna Gilman. And more traditional printing with paint and thickened dyes. I have a lot of thermofax screens from Marcy Tilton and I was using those like crazy! And a little stenciling and a little stamping too.
This week it’s back to my regularly scheduled sewing projects, with a little bit of surface design too!