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.
Using Nature’s bounty
On occasion, I also do some eco printing. This is usually done after I have dyed the fabric, as I find that the results are more sharp. Depending on the plant, various colours are achieved, once the fabric has been bundled and steamed. At times, the results are quite disappointing due to the lack of a print or a weak colour. The vividness of the leaves and flower petals are very muted and at times downright drab. But each time, it’s a new surprise!
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. My plan, next spring, is to start a Natural dye garden, outside on the deck, outside of my studio.
Some of my studio pics