Friday, April 20, 2012

Surface Explorations

Although I have been dyeing fabric with Procion MX dyes for more years than I care to remember, I was always plagued by niggling little unanswered questions about the process. People kept asking me to teach dyeing workshops, but I knew that I had a lot of research and experimentation before I felt capable of proceeding.
Fabrics dyed in the same dye pot: cotton on top and silk on the bottom.
 I realized that sometimes you really do just have to do the work before you can move forward. Well, I did the work, and I figured out the answer to my biggest problem; why did I achieve such different results between the silk and the cotton that I dyed?
I was so pleased with my results that I wanted for others to benefit from my findings as well, so I was absolutely thrilled when Jane Davila contacted me about writing an article for the premier issue of the new E-Mag Surface Explorations. Jane and her staff have done a magnificent job with this publication, and I am especially impressed with the high quality photography and the zoom capability that allows you to see every single thread in clear detail. Hats off to Jane and her staff!

Bonus Project! In my article I included complete instructions on dying a 12 step color wheel in cotton and silk along with many extras. So please have fun with this, and I sincerely hope that the information is as helpful to you as it has been to me.

  Several of the authors are doing a blog tour, so please check out the links below. The links don't show up very well, but click on the dark area to the right of the name and they will work.
Mon 4/16 Lindsey Murray
Wed 4/18 Jackie Lams

Thu 4/19 Lyric Kinard
Fri 4/20 April Sproule
Tues 4/24 Jane Davila

1 comment:

Judy Ferguson said...

Thank you for the great comment you left on my blog. I value your opinions and am aware that you do a lot of installations of your work. I know that you are aware of the problems of exhibiting fiber art in galleries. I do follow your blog and have been inspired by your work.