Tag: technique

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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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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Block printed textiles in Jaipur

Spending some days viewing (and buying) Block printed and dyed 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

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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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Three natural dyes

Three natural dyes, using locally sourced raw materials, that’s what I will be using to dye the next few cotton tunics. https://maijazemitis.com/finishing-up-my-naturally-dyed-tunics/ Over the past three days, I have prepared sumac berry, acorn and walnut dyes. I have also made a

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