Friday, February 3, 2017

The ever-experimenting Amy Grief!

Amy has branched out with her experiments using clay paste resist.  In the top photo, she has used the resist paste on two canvas covered boards which were dipped in indigo when dry.   The two small square pieces are actually canvas on magnets that were stenciled with resist paste then dyed in indigo.  The bottom two are clay clay paste resist stenciled onto stretched canvas on wood frames.  All accepted indigo differently, and all ended up a soft indigo blue after washing off the clay resist.


Amy's fascination with clay resist paste and stitching has helped her create some lovely fabrics for her quilting and sewing projects! 

Bonnie's Bounty of Prints!

Bonnie Rackliffe-Weisser created some beautiful prints on 90# card stock using fresh local leaves and in some cases,, the ever generous truck tire wires.

Rose and grape leaves rarely disappoint

A little blue indigo edge adds a subtle framework

Rose leaves and grape again with indigo, lovely!

Amazing how much color is still available this time of year, all fresh materials with a little scrap wire

Even with a good dose of iron from the scrap wire, the colors remained delicate and weren't lost to grays

Maggie is upcylling again!

Maggie did a splendid job on the crumple-dyed cotton shirt--Front view

Back view of the crumple-dyed shirt

The fold and clamp pattern is just beautiful on this thrift shop find

And of course the clay paste resist really brought out the  best of the cotton and spandex pullover

My Oh My, Maggie!

 Maggie Clark had a field day with eco prints on paper and also created a wonderful silk scarf by interweaving it through the stack of paper and plant materials before cooking.  She not only got lovely paper prints, but the scarf is uniquely beautiful!

Kay Tanno is playing with paper again!

 In our January workshop at the Pioneer Florida Museum, Kay had a grand time creating her new paper prints using local fresh leaves.  It was really surprising to see the number of colors that were still available at this time of year.  Using red camellia flowers gave some lovely blues, and even soft-tissue leaves like Coles actually gave some lovely pinks.  It just goes to prove that Nature is full of surprises.  These prints are all on 90# card stock.

Friday, December 23, 2016

I can't Resist Amy's Clay Paste Work!

Amy Grief has really gotten the technique of using clay paste rest on cotton down pat.  She is attempting to create her own cotton fabric dyed with indigo to use for other projects.  She has gotten the technique of working wet on wet down pretty well.  She has also experiment with new ways of creating texture designs. the first 7 photos are crumpled cotton fabric that was then tied into a ball inside of various types of plastic net bags like garlic tubes, onion bags and flat net fabric.  These created some lovely surface textures as the detail shots of the strips will show.

Crumpled cotton dyed in net fabric  see close ups.

two more strips of crumpled cotton dyed in net bags, see close ups.

click on close up to see the net printings in the dark areas of the design.

Plastic onion ag print design in the dark areas

plastic garlic tube print onin the dark areas

Plastic net fabric in dark areas of design.

Anotheer detail shot of the plastic onion bag.

Amy used clay paste resist with tencils to create thie fabric designs. The bottom two are the same stencil but used on the front and the rear of the same fabric.

Amy's collection of fabric made with clay paste resist.

More of Amy's clay paste resist fabrics.

Amy is learning to create quite clear designs on her fabrics.

A close up of one of Amy's clay paste resist pieces worked wet on wet.

Eco Print and Indigo!

Bonnie Rackliffe-Weiser is down from Maine for a while and dropped into our class to try her hand again at Eco Printing.  While there, she also tried her hand at some Shibori Techniques with indigo.

Eucalyptus, Liquidambar, Rose leaves, Wild Cherry and some small pieces of Truck tire wire printed on 90# card stock.

Wild Cherry, rose leaves, Water Oak  and some small maple leaves with iron in the water on 90# card stock.

Wild Cherry, rose leaves, maple and water oak leaves

Eco printing with Itajime clamped Shibori then edge dyed in indigo on 90# card stock.

Rose leaves eco printed in Itajime clamped Shibori then edge dyed on 90# card stock.

Rose leaves, eucalyptus and wild cherry and some oak leaf fragments itajime clamped Shibori then edge dyed on 90# card stock.

Same stencil used with two different resists.  The left is 1-2-3- resist with lime;  the right is 1-2-3 resist with bentonnite clay.

Accordion pleated cotton itajime Shibori while being eco printed with oak leav then bundle dyed in indigo.

Eco printing on 90# card stock that was cleaned of leaf material then edge dyed in indigo vat

Another eco print on 90 # card stock that was then edge dyed in indigo.

Bonnie tried her hand ast some twist and tied designs as well as clamped designs on this cotton bag, this is the front side after dyeing in indigo.

The back side of the clamped and dyed cotton bag.