Notions-Drye Goods Studio Diary

Thanks for checking in. I work with the alchemy between cloth and plants when exposed to water and time. You can also catch up with my wanderings on my Facebook page Drye Goods Studio.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Where did June go?

When I go to art fairs that are far afield I like to try to see what is at the museums in the area. On the way to the Edmond's Arts Festival I went to the Mood Indigo show at the Asian Arts Museum in Seattle. I spotted this sleepy little family on my way back to my car.

I stayed with a friend in Portland to do Lake Oswego Art in the Park. Every time she left the house her cat tried to convince me he was hungry. Notice the curling of the tail around my toes-Bo is a shameless flirt.

I won Honorable Mention at Lake Oswego! Both shows were really good, well run and lots of great customers!

But now I am home and in my studio, I love traveling, but working in the studio is best. There were so many things waiting in the garden it was hard to figure out what to use first.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Blue Monday

After a busy weekend (some of it good busy, some of it the bad type) not to mention that catastrophe in Florida, I was out of sorts today while trying to get normal stuff done around the house and get ready to leave for the Edmonds Arts Festival. I got the suitcases packed; heaven only knows what is in them-it is probably worth stopping by the show just to see if I am wearing pajamas out in public. Then I decided maybe what was needed was to go out for a bit. I hit the post office, the bank, the drug store and was about to go to the grocery store when the phone rang. It was my friend Juaquetta, who owns Garden Party Fibers and she said " I was going to call you earlier, but I wasn't sure this was going to work, its old dye, but it is and I wondered if you wanted to come see it-I mean come see the indigo happen!?!!" Not an exact quote but if you read it really fast and out of breath you will get the idea. Who needs groceries?

The fiber goes in white

It looks all swampy and green

Expose it to air and the magic starts to happen! From green to blue!

Woo-hoo Blue!

It lays out in the shade to dry

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Saturday Night

" It is so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show happiness. We learn so little from peace."
Chuck Palahniuk

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Spring Eco Prints

Looking back on this blog, I see that it has been a while since I posted pictures of botanical prints. So since this is a blog about eco printing, here you go:
Asian Maple
Black locust, eucalyptus and rusted nails
Maple and knapweed

I will be at Art Fest in Coeur d'Alene Park in Browne's Addition, Spokane this weekend, June 3rd, 4th and 5th-Booth number lucky R13.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ivy Dye

When she planted it, it sounded like a good idea. A friend called the other day and asked if English Ivy made a dye and would I like some before she either A. Hosed it with a certain weed killer much in the news and not to be mentioned here-or B. Set it ablaze.

I went over armed with scissors and a laundry basket. I also took a mayonnaise jar in the event it had berries as according to Jenny Dean's Wild Color you can get color from the leaves and the berries. We spent about an hour hacking away at it and of course when we were done it looked like it was growing back as fast as we could cut it down.  

The berries needed to be mashed and soak overnight so I did the leaves first. I used one piece of fabric that I had already experimented on with roots from Hound's Tongue (not exciting, just several shades of beige) and one that had an alum pre-mordant. The bright green-yellow is the alum, the duller color of green is the one that had been dyed before.

The next day I looked in on the berry mash. Hard to tell what was going to happen in there, it looked very swamp like.

Well, it got interesting. I put in one piece with an alum pre-mordant and one plain piece. According to Dye Plants and Dyeing by John and Margaret Cannon, the alum treated one should have been a deep olive and the plain one should be a mauve. The berries can't be overly ripe for this apparently and these seemed pretty ripe. I did turn my back on the pot at one point and had a boil over. Temperature can be really important in natural dyeing, so this could explain the alum one being a very attractive shade of gray-blue and the plain one was pink, but very pale.

Next winter or early spring I will search for the berries when green and keep an eye on the temperature of the pot. It would also be interesting to do a post iron pot boil to see how it affects the colors, but that will have to wait for another time. I have a freezer full of ivy leaves, so I can do that anytime. Wow! All these colors from one plant!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Weeds and Such

"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them."
A.A. Mine

Knapweed dye on silk

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Burglary During the Night

We experienced a burglary and a bit of vandalism overnight. An intruder pried the lid off the compost bucket and removed the contents, spreading fermented vegetables hither and yon. The suspect is short, furry and believed to be wearing a mask. His feet are apparently covered in salad dressing.