Saturday, 1 September 2012

the first day of spring


on thursday, my students had their first of many classes with local melbourne artist helen peake.  helen is one of those people who truly lives and breathes her artwork.  we went to her home, which also doubles as her studio, and were introduced to her world of fiber arts and fabric dyeing.  the students made their own shibori scarf using indigo dye and a created some interesting pattern designs on cotton using a bleach discharge method.

indigo dyed shibori scarves, drying in the wind

for me, this was a lovely re-introduction to the methods of dyeing that i used in my textile design studies, and i came home with a head full of inspiration.  i've ordered a new book - Wild Color: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes', and today being the 1st day of spring i've decided that i'll be planting some suitable vegetables and flowers in our garden that i can use to dye my own fabrics.

surprisingly, to me at least, this ties together some of the things that have been on my radar for a while now.  most of the below images are hand dyed, but some are digital prints that mimic the hand dying process, or begin as a hand drawn artwork.  i love that by documenting these things on this blog, i am able to bring a focus to my many points of inspiration, and the tangle of ideas in my head.