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 bath.

I also take many pics of my incredible view, of Georgian Bay, my studio space and the materials that I work with to create my art.

Here are some of my studio snapshots

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Using Nature’s bounty

I work with several techniques in my surface design journey. One process is eco printing (also known as botanical printing). This is usually done after I have dyed the fabric, as I find that the results are more sharp. Depending on the plant, the mordants used, even the type of cotton can make a difference various colours are achieved. In my process, I bundle and steam the fabric. Another option is to boil the bundle. At times, the results are quite disappointing due to the lack of a print or a weak colour. Sometimes, the vividness of the leaves and flower petals are very muted, even downright drab. But each time, it’s a new surprise!

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During the warm months, I’m able to gather dye material from my own surroundings. Some of the plants I make dye from are Sumac, Walnut, Acorn, Reeds, Goldenrod.

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Hi. I'm Maija.

Producer of one of a kind fabrics, I am a Visual/Textile Artist at MaiTribe Studio Gallery, in central Ontario, Canada.

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

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