3.28.2011

process: dyeing sample fabric

dyeing

dyeing

dyeing

dyeing

These photos are from back in the fall when Sarkilahti and I did our necklace collaboration.  We're tie-dyeing the drawstring pouches.  Shortly after this project I started working on dyeing some silk for my summer collection.  I was looking for a specific hue that I couldn't find, so with my guidance, Lissa played mad scientist and experimented with mixing colors.  Eventually she came up with a lovely dye and wrote up the formula for me.  It came out completely different on the silk swatch than we were expecting but was a nice surprise nonetheless.  

After Lissa's internship ended I dyed the yardage myself and a few months later sewed up a sample (after several muslin prototypes).   It's my favorite piece so far from my summer collection, and it only took like five months.  Ha.  I've never really worked that way before, slowly letting an idea take shape over the course of time.  I like it.  Usually I spend an intense week or two at a time with each design until I'm so burned out on it that I never want to see it again (which explains why I don't wear my own pieces that often).

I don't have any pics of the new designs yet, but the collection is starting to come together and should be ready in May.  I'm excited.  It's been so long since I've been able to do anything new.

20 comments:

jennifer said...

How exciting! I can't wait to see the new designs! I like letting ideas slowly develop, at least when it comes to my own work...it's time-consuming and often times frustrating, but often times very rewarding.

andothersuchthings said...

ooh these glimpses are gorgeous. Can't wait to see your new collection!
~Gaia

máni said...

i've been experimenting with dye a lot lately, too. i am still in the trial and error stage and almost never get exactly what i wanted but occasionally some unexpected nice surprises. i like working that way and i can usually be very impatient and wanna see instant results. so congrats on working on a piece for five months! i know what it means! :)

kristina said...

I'm looking forward to your new collection :-)

nicole said...

Can't wait to see more!

homeseed said...

hello there! just wanted to finally say "hi". i've been stopping through ever since a joanna posted your sweet little felt heart headbands. i think that your work is beautiful and i am always inspired and intrigued by your communal work too! you seem to be collaborating or doing things with your studio-mates often. it's all lovely. thank you for sharing!!

Kate said...

Ha, I work exactly the same way. I made a necklace for myself on Saturday after realizing I do not own one of my own handwoven ones. What?

Jennifer said...

Love my necklace (& pouch) even more after seeing this.
Like everybody else, can't wait to see what you are working on.

leFiligree said...

i love what happened on the paper towels! cant wait to see the new collection :)

Jaclyn said...

I love how the fabric looks, so light and irregular. Such a pretty technique.

cdeemurphy said...

looks like so much fun!
can't wait to see the end results :)

Lizzie said...

This is soooo cool!!!

Rosalinda Tjioe said...

I once dyed a tshirt during art class and it turned out LOL! Can't wait for the collection!

xx
http://rosalindatj.blogspot.com

Tracey said...

How wonderful! Like you I tend to throw myself in to ideas too quickly rather than let them just brew for a while ... like a good cup of coffee, the brewing process can make all the difference! :)


PS. I can't wait to see the new designs!! :D

Catherine said...

That sounds really cool! The pictures are interesting, too. I've only tyedied once, and my t-shirt turned out orange.

janul said...

Looking forward to your dress, I hope we´ll get to see it soon! :)

hibou said...

What a cool little peek into your process!

Elissa said...

can't wait to see how it turns out. it sounds like quite the labor of love, like any good project should be!

bigBANG studio said...

can't wait to see the new project unveiled in may! i'm working on some vegetable- and mineral-dyed textile projects in rural rajasthan right now and your nice clean comfortable studio has me seriously pining for home! so crazy about your work and hoping to reward myself with one of your pieces when i finally get back to the states in may. perfect timing, right?

hazel and hunter said...

just found your blog - your work is really awesome...can't wait to see your new designs.