Natural dyes and shibori

I am pleased to present my work in natural dyes, shibori and stencil techniques. My work is created on mainly upcycled fabrics: damask linen and cotton. I also occasionally use silk.

I’m honing my shibori stitch resist and mordant stencil techniques

Older work

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!

For many years, my dedication was to printmaking: intaglio, silkscreen and lithography

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.

The printing on fabric was done with silkscreen technique, a natural for me

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!

A very intriguing shibori tying for me is Arashi, or storm

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:

Sumac, Goldenrod, Walnut Husks and Indigo Natural Dyes on Fabric

Natural Dye workshop with Michel Garcia at Maiwa

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!