Tag: photo documentation

Natural dye processes

My natural dye processes learning curve began in 2016, after my first visit to Gujarat India. I had already been working on fabric using stencils and airbrush. At the time, I was using acrylic airbrush paint. https://maijazemitis.com/silk-scarves-and-the-bhuj-inspiration/ Since this is

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Shadows and Lighting

Lighting is incredibly important for photographing all types of artwork. In the case of my pleated fabrics, lighting is of utmost concern, as the shadows created by the pleats are an integral part of the final piece! They give the

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Turkey Red Oil method using Madder powdered dye

Cotton samples were dyed with Turkey Red Oil method using Madder powdered dye from Maiwa, in Vancouver. This is a long drawn out process that produces incredible pure Reds! The samples were over dyed with various mordants including iron and

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World of Threads exhibition

Recently, I attended the World of Threads exhibition in Oakville, Ontario. This was a fibre arts exhibition showcasing the works of 115 artists from 16 countries. There were an astounding 426 pieces on display. My friend and I visited one

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Cochineal bugs in natural dyeing

Cochineal bugs in natural dyeing have been used for centuries, in countries such as Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina and the Canary Islands. Currently, the largest producer of Cochineal for natural dyeing is Peru. Cochineal coloring agent is obtained from the parasitic

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Beautiful! But will the colour last?

Wash fastness and lightfastness of natural dyes- the two most commonly asked questions asked by interested individuals about my naturally dyed and eco printed fabrics is will the colour last. The main considerations which directly affect the longevity of natural

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My Textile design path

My textile design path was influenced by a variety of things and situations. These include my Latvian heritage, printmaking, my love for colour and patterns, and textile designer, Zandra Rhodes. Early days in my textile design path Growing up in

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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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