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.

Christmas Greetings!

Our last workshop turn out more beautiful works in indigo on fabric and paper.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  The first group were done by Maggie Clark.  She never fails to amaze me with the things she comes up with.
Maggie used clay paste resist to print a set of 4 napkins, each with a little embroidered green frog on them

2nd of the set of 4 napkins

3rd of the set of 4 npkins

4th of the set of 4 napkins.  Great job, Maggie!
An up-cycled cotton dress shirt done in Arashi Shibori style on a 21/4" pvc pipe, front view.
Back view of the shirt.  I'd wear this myself!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Workshop coming up!

For all of my dye students, don't forget that the next workshop at the Pioneer Florida Museum is this Sunday, December 18th.  We will be working with Indigo again.  Hope to see you there!

Clay paste resist on cotton, dyed in Indigo

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Clay Paste Resist and Crackle Shibori!

Amy Grief did some really nice prints in Sunday's class using a couple of techniques on cotton.  First, she created a horse print fabric using stencil and clay paste then dyeing in indigo.  Next she created what I can only call crackle resist Shibori (for want of a better name right now) on cotton cloth that was crumpled into a ball, tied with string and then dyed in indigo.  No two pieces are alike, and some of the patterns are really remarkable!

These four are all crackled Shibori created by Amy Grief by 

Crumpling cotton fabric and tying it

before dyeing in indigo.

Great job, Amy!

Of course, because I listed this first, blogger decided to show off and put it at the bottom.  Amy used Clay paste resist and stencil to create this horse fabric for an acquaintance in Kentucky.

Maggie Clark combines Eco Printing, Clay Paste Resist and Indigo on cloth and paper!

Maggie had a lot of fun Sunday using various techniques.  She created some new clothing items as well as some new paper prints.  One silk scarf was created using a couple of techniques while in the same bundle:

Front view of the white cotton Tee that Maggie printed using leaves and some iron and a copper bar.  Nice print, Maggie!

Rear view of the same White cotton Tee

This white knit blouse was stenciled with clay paste resist then indigo dyed.  I like the combination of designs!

This silk habotai scarf was bundled between 90# card stock pages with leaves and some iron wire, then edge dipped in indigo.

This silk habotai scarf was bundled around a pipe with leaves then edge dyed in indigo after cooking

90# card stock prints bundled inside the silk scarf with leaves and edge dyed in indigo after cooking.

Beautiful grid pattern created by the back of the clay tile used to bundle the card stock, leaves and iron wire, thn edge dipped indigo.

More prints from the leaf, iron and indigo bundle

The last 2 of Maggie's prints on cardstock using leaves and other plant material as well as iron wires and indigo.

A little paper, a little paste...!

In last Sunday's workshop Kay Tanno, my 90 year old student, decided to try her hand at clay paste resist for the first time, and also to use the last of her fresh plant materials to make some prints for Christmas gifts.  She has such fun discovering new techniques and pattern, and the joy in her results is infectious.

Clay paste resist through stencils on cotton fabric and dyed in indigo 

Kay's fresh plant material prints on 90# card stock

More from the fresh plant material bundle on 90# card stock

These prints are made using fresh plant material with some fine steel wires from truck tires.  Note the size of the wire in the lower left corner and the size of the line print from it in the right hand print.

These prints are from the same bundle of truck tire wires and fresh plant materials.