I am a textile artist living in central Ontario, Canada. My home and studio are on the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay. We live in the tiny hamlet of Big Bay. Full time residents count only about 25 families. These numbers swell significantly in the summer, when cottagers and visitors come from Ontario, Quebec and Europe to enjoy nature at it’s finest!

After many years of airbrushing, on canvas, paper and fabric, I have now been working on textile design for the past few years.

My Fine Arts education focus was primarily on Printmaking. So, many of the tools and techniques I am now using on textiles are directly linked to this background.

I work with a variety of Natural Dyes, some of which I source and process locally and others I buy during my travels or from online shops.

http://maijazemitis.com/three-natural-dyes/

Different textile design techniques that I use include shibori, resist pastes and botanical printing. Often I incorporate all three in a single piece of fabric.

Items that result from my dyeing process are Tunics, Daypacks, Scarves,  Table Napkins and lengths of fabric.

The seed for tying and dyeing with Natural dyes was planted during a visit to the state of Gujarat, in India. There, I met several textile artists, whom have practiced this craft for many generations.

Since that visit, I have twice been a student of Michel Garcia, at Maiwa School of Textiles.

http://maijazemitis.com/natural-dye-workshop/

I use natural fibres including cotton, linen and silk in my dyeing process. Due to my desire to help preserve the environment, I have been upcycling fabrics, which I find in local thrift shops.

It’s always magical to remove the threads or the resists from a fabric, after it has been immersed in a dye pot. Equally enthralling is the sometimes surprising colour result. It’s all about experimentation (and chemistry).

My art influences, in recent years have been inspired by my travels, to countries such as Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Bali and India.

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