Author: Maija Zemitis

Local dye Goldenrod

As it turns out, the local dye Goldenrod (Solidago) in Ontario, has 30 different species! Who would’ve thought? Goldenrod is an invasive, natural plant in this province in Canada, one that is often mistakenly blamed to cause seasonal allergies. The

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Tibetan Panel coat

During my winter trip to Kerala, India, I undertook a challenge from one of my FB groups, which was to make a Tibetan Panel coat. Prior to leaving, I had dyed 3 lengths of up-cycled cotton fabric. I also did

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Dyeing with Lac resin

In the studio, I’m focusing on working with one dye only. In this case, it’s Lac resin. I am changing the colours using tannins and mordants. A pot of Lac dye was made using whole resin form; afterwards I ground

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Block printed textiles in Jaipur

Spending some days viewing (and buying) Block printed and dyed textiles in Jaipur and nearby Sanganer are like days full of sunshine! Many tours in Jaipur, the Pink City are organized specifically for textiles and shopping. A visit to this

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My cotton tunic

Here I am wearing my cotton tunic at Galta Ji Jaipur Monkey Temple. Over the past few years, this tunic has played a role, in my life. What began as a comfortable item of clothing developed into an inspiration. During

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Cotton fabric dyed with Sappanwood

Cotton fabric dyed with Sappanwood was my new project, after having completed 20 cotton tunics over  seven months. I have decided to spend the next period on dyeing lengths of cotton, linen and quite possibly silk fabrics. The intention is

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Photos of my little garden pond

After our first snow and freezing temperatures (early for November), I took these photos of my little garden pond. What remains in the pond are water lettuce, water hyacinth and some small algae type plants. I threw a piece of

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Finishing up my naturally dyed tunics

Finishing up my naturally dyed tunics. Only one more to go! I have a favourite, cotton tunic which I bought on my first trip to India. It came from a fair trade shop in Jodhpur, across the street from a

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Studio snapshots

As I work, I frequently take studio snapshots, with my iPad, of my process. This includes prepping my dyes, blossoms & leaves placed on fabric prior to eco printing, step by step shibori techniques, and the result after each dye

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Some of my favourite artists

Some of my favourite artists include David Hockney, Georgia O’Keefe, Max Escher. There are many others, including Christo and Pol Bury. However, these are the ones that I instantly think of, when someone asks me to name a favourite. In

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