Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Natural Dyes- Amazing!

Red cabbage and avocados!

To start with, I boiled red cabbage. The results were incredible. The water turned first blue, and then, after further boiling, a deep purple.

The fabrics are much brighter than the picture shows.

The avocado was interesting. I boiled the skins in one pot, and the avocado pits in another.
The dye front he pits is a tangerine color! The skins, as I have seen before, developed a more delicate peach color.

All in all, a productive day!


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013


I had a productive day in the studio today. The first piece I am posting about is a second bird skin study with embellishments. Watercolor on silk, which is then layered onto wool Melton and linen.

The second piece is a bit dark in the photos, but I am really excited about this one. It is another watercolor, but this time I layered it on top of some silk jacquard fabric from India. The stitches are more like crosses than "x"'s. I think I am happy with the start of this piece.

Once again, thanks for following!


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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Making dye with Nuts!

I am excited to experiment with walnut dye, but first I have to make the dye!

Since I have little patience, and couldn't find a black walnut tree, I did what all impatient Americans do and ordered them online!

So, as exciting as it is to get the black walnuts, the package made it even more fun- and here are some pictures to show how a shipment of nuts could be fun-

How cute is this!?

Ok- I will now make dye, and post updates later.



Monday, November 4, 2013

Masters weekend

I am just returning from a weekend with 5 amazing women- 3 students who will be traveling this journey with me, and the two directors of the program. It was a very full weekend of taking, crits, and exploration. I can't wait to do it again!
I am posting more of the alphabet project here to try and catch up on all of the work I have been producing.