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Tag: technique

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?

The two most commonly asked questions asked by interested individuals about my naturally dyed and eco printed fabrics are: “will the colour fade and/or wash out?” and “how do I care for the item”? In natural dye terminology this is

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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. This

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Block printed and dyed textiles in Jaipur

Spending some days viewing (and buying) 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 remarkable city is a textile

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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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Branding my business

Recently, I have branded my art business, which includes having a professional logo designed, one which reflects who I am as an artist. My art is intrinsically connected to who I am as a person. These days, when online marketing

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No name travel pouch- I need a name?

Since I haven’t really decided on a “name” (MaiTribe bag?) for my upcoming most frequent travel companion, I’ve decided to just call it “travel Pouch”. This Silk Noil travel pouch measures 23.5 cm x 20 cm and has 7 pockets! It is lined

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