During textiles in practice I had a class with Sara Keith who showed us her amazing samples that she’s worked on over the years and uses in talks and classes. Shibori is one of Sara’s specialties and it was some of her samples which inspired me to create these – now I do realise that these are very simple in comparison to Saras’ but its a start and also a technique I want to look into further. These were done with habotai silk, they were pleated with a Princess Pleater, the stitches pulled up and then acid dyes were then sponged onto the cloth. I steamed these at home using a vegetable steamer for 40 mins and I think they worked out really well.
I left some of the stitching in the bottom one, just for the effect and to demonstrate how its done. I also heat set part of the fabric – where the crinkles are, these should be permanent.
Whilst researching I came across Michelle Griffiths a shibori artist, do have a look her creations they are beautiful, like pieces of sculpture – I now want to meet her, talk to her and take one of her classes, now!
Below – shibori I made whilst at Dundee College the first was created with thread stitched in a circle and then pulled tight, secured and then dip dyed in procion dye.
This one was created by wetting the fabric , folding and wrapping around a tube, threads were also wrapped around and then dye was sponged on,the piece was covered with cling film and left overnight.
Today was results day for the Textile Design students in 2nd year at DJCAD and I’m delighted to say that all the hard work was really worth it – I got excellent grades on all of the sections and really good constructive feedback.
All that leaves now for semester one is to complete assignment 4 for Design Studies.
Saw this tiny piece of colour coming through the snow today!
What a week in Scotland – snowed in all week and hand in due today thankfully I had everything at home to work on and even a flood in my house would not stop me getting everything finished. Repairs to sketchbook, samples rewashed and boards done – ready to go only to wake to another white out! Eventually after much will I ? wont I ? – Jim took me and we eventually arrived in Dundee! See below for studio space…………..
Here is what I’ve been working on since September, I was really scared of what I’d taken on at first but once I overcame that I have just loved every minute and to see it all pull together makes me really rather pleased with myself.
ok now I’ve just had enough of winter and all this white stuff! Time to inject a little colour into your day, my chosen subject to take further for my degree just has to be print! I love it I LOVE IT – really it is amazing – I walk past the print room and I just want to go in and make fabric, I’ve enjoyed knit and I really like mixed media and I can still carry on and do those in my own time but for my specialising it has to be PRINT. When I go to the dye lab with my mask and gloves I just get really excited to see what I can create with all the ingredients and then once you lay out the silk onto the print table I can’t wait to make marks with the dye, sponges and screen and then with the discharge paste – its exciting very very VERY!!!
I took a series of photos when I was doing my textiles in practice print week and thought I’d share them here with a little video …. let me know what you think 🙂
and below are some of the finished silk pieces now washed and ready to use