10 June 2012
where i stand sunday - exploring indigo
I did something unusual yesterday - I took the day off to indulge in experimenting and just doing. Its been a long year and I needed the down time, so when Susie Krage (the Michigan rep for the Surface Design Association) decided to hold an indigo dyeing day at her house yesterday, I marked the date on my calendar and defended it with all my might.
Was a good thing too, it was a fascinating time. I had trouble getting photos because I was too busy shoving fabric in the vats. I so wanted to show you the way it came out alien green and rapidly changed to different shades of blues. Its magic, no other way to describe it.
Here are a few shots I did get of everyone's magic flapping on the clothes lines:
When I saw how rich and deep the color could get, I knew right away that I wanted some solid pieces to print on, here are two of them:
Imagine that loaded up with layers and stitching. (Kind of makes you swoon, doesn't it?)
Yesterday was the perfect picture of why I joined SDA in the first place. I wanted to be around other people who get it. I wanted to know other artists that hold their breath when the fabric comes out of the vat and turns colors and they get giddy over the possibilities.
I know that its unlikely I would know most of these women without the organization. Its also the reason I belong to Studio Art Quilt Associates - and why I decided to become a rep for them. Its all about camaraderie.
I got quite a few pieces dyed up. They haven't been washed out yet and kind of look stiff and a little unbecoming right now so I'll wait to show you them until they've been prettied up.
I will say that I'm probably going to set up a mini vat in my studio. I'd always been a little hesitant about indigo ever since I read that you have to feed the vat to keep it active. (Brought to mind this. I'll name the vat Audrey II.) Turns out it just wants a little taste of thiox now and again, I can handle that.
All in all, a happy day. It never ceases to amaze me just how much there is to learn with textiles. They are a never ending source of inspiration.