Monday, February 16, 2009

Fabric on the line

I dyed this fabric for a quilt and I loved the pattern that happened when I draped it to hang it out to dry.

I've also been playing with some new patterns. I've used a lot of water-soluble resists with these new patterns, originally because the fabric would take less time to process than if I'd been using wax and I'd still be able to get a good idea about whether the pattern would work. When I hung this batch of fabric up to dry after painting thickened dye on it, I was so taken with the way the sun shone through it I had to take a few pictures.

The pattern is based on a wrought-iron design (I know it's a little hard to see here). I really like the way the water-soluble resist has some blurred edges and spottiness going on where they dye penetrated the resist a little bit. It seems more in keeping with ideas about weathering and age that I think of when I see wrought iron. I'm definitely going to work more with different kinds of
resists as I design new patterns. I love batik and shibori, but there's something about being able to breach the water-based resists (either accidentally or on purpose) that really interests me.

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