Category Archives: dyeing

VISDA Exhibition ‘Garden Tapestry’ at Portals, Duncan

Louise Slodoban, ‘In An Artist’s Garden’  Photo transfer, procion dyed cloth, mono printing, screen printing, sun prints, machine & hand stitched. Louise was inspired by a visit to Grant Leier and Nixie Barton’s Studio Garden at Yellow Point. The Vancouver Island Surface Design Association has an exhibition in the Portals gallery in the CVAC Centre of […]

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Studio Footwear and Laundry Centre

I received lots of comments and questions about my choice of Studio Footwear, as seen in this previous blog post.To answer you all, here are the details. Outside: (Left) Suede, Danish-style clog. Brand – ‘Simple’. The best feature is when I step in soft soil the heel print says ‘past’ while the toe part has […]

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Studio Design: Porch, Electrical Centre, Tea Centre

Continuing with a diary about how I use spaces in my new studio, as requested, I have used the crawl space. During the Green Shed Open House, a friend offered me some of her Japanese indigo harvest. How wonderful. I visited her and came back with many large bundles of freshly cut indigo. I couldn’t deal […]

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Kim Eichler-Messmer Dye Workshop

For a couple of years now I had been wanting to attend Kim Eichler-Messmer ‘s Percentage Dyeing Workshop so I signed up straight away when I saw she was coming to the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville, Washington. (Check out  their just published 2016 calendar) Kim practices and teaches a percentage system that makes it possible […]

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Studio Construction: Fixtures and Fittings

The hot water tank is installed in the crawlspace below the tub. This energy efficient placement means little heat is lost between the hot water tank and where I need the hot water. South Shore Cabinetry made and installed the cabinets and some of the furniture. Here are my drawing and design desk areas… …backed by […]

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Jane Dunnewold Workshop

I attended Jane Dunnewold’s Dye workshop at the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville. Jane took us through many different dyeing techniques. I picked up lots of valuable tips to fine tune my dyeing practice and I was able to correct the bad habits I had developed over the years. The first exercise was to dye […]

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New Work – ‘Forest Flowers’

I am working on a new work for a Surface Design Association exhibition. It involves a number of different steps and techniques. Random dyeing the ground cloth. All of the fabric is worn bed sheets. Dyeing for an all-over mottled colour. Another sheet dyed to get a more randomly patterned effect. Sampling different fabric paints to […]

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Morocco – Dyeing and Leather in the Fez Medina

The tourist brochures talk of being in the Fez medina as stepping back into the Middle Ages. Many traditional skills are still practiced and old-world services still offered. This likely to be one of the reasons why it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want a worn article of clothing freshened up, visit […]

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