I am pleased to present my new work in natural dyes and shibori. My studio focus over the past year has been on using Natural Dyes. I’m dyeing on Silk and cotton. Now, my art work has come full circle.
The results are very organic and I’m trying out various shapes, placements and stitches. Recently, I have started using natural dye and mordant paste resists with stencils. These are producing very interesting results!
I studied at Montreal Museum of Fine Art, School of Art & Design and later went on to study Fine Art and Art Education, at University. My main interest, at the time was silkscreen printing. This was done on paper, in very small runs of 25 prints.
After my University studies, I returned to Ontario. There, I took a course in Surface Design at OCA, in Toronto.
However, at the time I didn’t pursue this direction. Instead, I switched to Airbrush, using water based paint. Eventually, I began painting on fabric and loved it.
During my student years, I worked part time and most summers as a Window Dresser, primarily in womens’ fashion. Funny how all things are connected eventually!
It is also known as pole-wrapping. Shibori is a Japanese tying and dyeing technique. The diagonal stripes in the finished product bring to mind a rain storm. Other techniques which I am exploring are Kumo and Nui stitching.
Some of my experiments with these techniques are described in the following, short articles:
Some of the dyes I have bought already prepared and ready to use. Yet others, I have made myself. Of local plants, I have used sumac berries, walnut husks, acorns, goldenrod, avocado skins and pits, onion skins, beets to name a few. Results have varied.
But what a wonderful learning experience it continues to be!
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