Notions-Drye Goods Studio Diary

Thanks for checking in. I am a fiber artist and designer. My currant emphasis is on eco printing and other wildcraft with a touch of up-cycling thrown in. You can also catch up with my wanderings on my Facebook page Drye Goods Studio.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gettin' Old Ain't For Sissies

Well, you are probably wondering what happen to this blog. This winter I have been dealing with some age related health crap, which has gone on forever. For the number of hospitals in our city, you would think I could have had it all dealt with instantaneously-but noooo. My mind has been elsewhere for the last few months and then with the elongated winter we have had it has been hard to get enthusiastic about anything-especially when your art is made with plants-and they are all asleep. Now, there is a plan of action on the health issues and spring is here, it will get better-I promise!

I am off tomorrow for Best of the Northwest at Magnuson park (hanger 30) in Seattle, you can check the details under its listing in the column on the right side of the blog. According to the NOAA it will be a good travel day so I hope to get an early start so I can haunt some of my favorite places in Seattle; Seattle Pottery Supply, Pacific Fabrics, and Third Place Books. Set up is on Friday and it is a two day show, Saturday and Sunday.

In the meantime it isn't like I have just been sitting on my duff.

I am in the spring issue of Haute Handbags-with two projects! Go check it out!

Keeping an eye on the flooding river-I love the changes in the river over the year.

Making new things, these are the beginnings of beaded infinity scarves, come to the show and see how they turned out.

Experimented with red wine as a dye, this was Chianti, no Hannibal Lector jokes please!

I can't remember if I mentioned this one before, but I am in the winter Altered Couture too-probably still out there and available from the Stampington and Company website, I am sure.
Waiting for spring.
Any-hoo; now that we have a plan of action I will be getting it together when I get back and putting out a class schedule and show calendar. Watch your email inbox! Send me your info through the contact box on the right side of the blog if you would like to stay informed, I will add you to my list. Thanks!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Water, Water Everywhere...

"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."
Martin Luther King Jr.




Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spring will come



"The mind is the mountains, rivers, trees, and the grass, and the mind is the the sun, the moon, and the stars." Dogen 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Passions

"Here is a judgement: Minimalism is boring. I want art to spill out from every corner of my house. I want art to feast my eyes, soothe my soul, inspire and excite me from the time I wake up, until I go to bed at night. I want to see it, touch it, and even wear it. No, I can't take it with me, but while I am here, I want to enjoy it." Michele Mokrey, Creative Director, The New Moon Gallery


Cotton big shirt with embroidery. Dry pressed leaves and tansy dye.





Friday, February 10, 2017

Ta-da!

And here they are! If you click on the pictures you can study each one up close. If you are just dropping in for the first time you can hit the label "technique" at the bottom of the post and see what has been going on all in a row.


This is before they were washed.


This is after washing, not too much difference! Yeah! I washed them by hand in cold water with a bit of shampoo.


This shirt was pretreated with alum and a bit of soda ash, applied in separate applications and allowed to dry in between. Normally one would let this sit around for a year or so before dyeing or printing, but I wanted to show the difference in the color tone from this method vs. using tannins. It will be interesting to see how long the color lasts since by most standards the mordant isn't "fixed".



This is the shirt that I applied the alum first and then the tannin solution. As you can see the prints are more defined and the color is a bit deeper.



The last shirt is the one that I applied the tannin solution to first, let it dry and then applied a light alum solution. If you remember from the previous post, this one was also a really lovely shade of mauve. The color of the frozen iris is much darker and the leaf prints are very clear. As a side note I really like the way the placement of the leaves came out, sometimes placing leaves on a finished garment is challenging, this worked really well.

Now to wear and wash them for the year and see what they do. Since I was using the same plant material from shirt to shirt in order to make side by side comparisons, I bought three different sizes in order to keep track of what I was doing with the mordants. I like the way all three fit-it may just be that I need different pants to make each one look right. Why is that everything I do these days seems to require a shopping trip?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Winter Continues

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-things I had no words for." Georgia O'Keeffe 




Thursday, January 26, 2017

Progress Report on the Acorn as Mordant

I did three long sleeve 100% cotton T-shirts. The lightest one is the one I did with protein and soda ash so I would have something to compare to. The next darkest one is the one that the alum was applied first and then the acorn "juice", the darkest one is the one that had the acorn mordant first and then an exposure to alum. I have to say, that dark one is a really pretty mauve. It does have some weird spots you can't see in the picture, they will become part of the eco print. Why I keep getting this pink, I am not sure. It may be our water quality here, or it could just be that I am too lazy to peel the acorns and the shells have some effect. At any rate, it is a pretty color when you can get it with out the funky brown spots.



The next thing I did I probably should not have done just for the sake of the experiment, but I happen to love the interplay of rust with various plants and so I laid out the shirts and let them set with some rusty nails on them over a couple of days.



I steamed them the other day, using my "go-to" leaves, the ones I use when I want a guaranteed print, no matter what other crazy thing I am doing. It is mostly a mixed bag of maple leaves and stuff from the box I marked "miscellaneous" which are from a lot of little scruffy trees that grow out by the river. I also used iris petals from the stash in the freezer. Tempting as it was to use all different stuff on all three shirts, I decided I would learn more if I just used all the same leaves and could compare them from one mordant to the next.



And now, we wait. I left them in plastic bags for several days to keep them wet, now I am leaving them out to dry.