Saturday, June 16, 2012

Shibori Workshop with Barbara and Michael Pickett

The Contemporary Fiber Arts Guild hosted a Shibori Indigo Dye Workshop on June 2, 2012.
Our instructors were Barbara and Michael Pickett from Eugene.

Ten members had a great time dyeing with indigo and Colorhue dyes. Projects included a circle scarf in cotton jersey using a tie dye technique, a rayon/bamboo scarf using a choice of one of the various shibori techniques presented by Barbara, and a silk habatai scarf done with Colorhue dyes and a choice of clamping techniques.

The most fascinating aspect for me, an indigo novice, was pulling the dyed piece from the indigo vat and watching it "bloom" from pale green when removed from the dye bath to dark blue after exposure to oxygen. Wow.
Our tied scarves are submerged in the indigo dye bath. Let no oxygen into the dye bath!

Out of the dye bath, the scarves are pale green at this point.

After blooming the scarves are dark blue!

And Voila, Virginia's finished scarf,

Arashi wrapping a scarf onto a PVC pipe

And some finished results,

 Barbara shows us some finished scarves made using wine bottles or PVC pipe for Bomaki wrapping.

Some Bomaki wrapped results,

We could use the pleater to create a resist for the dye. Libby gave this device a try.

Barbara shows us a sample scarf made with a fold and clamp resist technique.

And Virginia's finished Colorhue scarf (while wet it doesn't have the full visual impact),

We made quite a disarray out of the beautiful Mihara Scarves during our shopping frenzy. Michael ponders the pile of scarves, reflected in the mirror.

Thank you Barbara and Michael for a wonderful workshop, and to our photographers Heather Hodney and Barbara Gordon who had to stop what they were working on to take photos.

We  shared some of our results at the June CFA guild meeting.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Colorhue Workshop

Saturday's workshop was held at the Corvallis Arts Center. Our CFA meeting room was used for the "dry" area and the small art classroom was our wet room. Everyone did an amazing job of bringing the equipment we needed and setting everything up efficiently so we could begin at 9 am. In the wet room, our instructor, Barbara Pickett, demonstrates correct measuring procedures for our first project in the photo below.

There were 10 participants, and, coincidentally, 10 colors in the Colorhue palette. For our first group project, each of us was assigned a color.

We were each given a set of swatches to dye our assigned color. We stirred our swatches in our assigned Colorhue color for 5 minutes.

After rinsing, blotting and ironing, we set the dyed swatches out. Each participant received one swatch of each of the 10 colors and stapled them onto a page for our notebooks. Voila, instant color set for future reference. Below is the group of dyed swatches.

Next we were given a swatch set of 6 different silk weave structures to dye. We each created our own dye mixture, dyed our swatches, and stapled them onto a page for our notebooks. Below are some of the silk swatch sets after dyeing.

Another individual project was next on the schedule. We were each given 18 swatches of silk organza to custom dye. The goal was to dye 6 swatches one custom dyed color, 6 swatches another custom dyed color, and 6 swatches a third custom dyed color. Once dyed, rinsed, blotted, and ironed, the swatches were layered in create 6 combinations of optically-mixed color blends. The results were astounding to compare the varying optical effects depending on the layering of colors. We talked about using triadic color schemes and split complementary colors schemes as possible combinations. Below is one participant's swatch set.

Our next group project was to create a tri-axial color scale using 3 Colorhue colors - canary, rose and turquoise. There are 21 colors in this color scale. Barbara's son, Michael, dyed one color, leaving each of the 10 of us to dye two colors in the scale. We were each given 15 silk swatches to dye for each of two assigned colors. Below are the 21 cups that hold the dye baths to create the 21 hues of the color scale.

Below is a close up of the triangular layout of the dye bath cups to create the color scale .

After dyeing, rinsing, blotting and ironing, we returned the dyed swatches to their labeled baggies so that we could place them in order on the table, below. Each of us removed one swatch from each of the 21 baggies, to create our own tri-axial color scale for our notebooks. Imagine how long it would take us to do all the mixing and dyeing ourselves to create the 21 colors. This is where a group dye day is a really valuable time saver.

Mariana works on composing her tri-axial color scale below.

Below, Monine works on composing her tri-axial color scheme for her notebook. In the foreground is Monine's recently dyed Colorhue color set.

Time for a lunch break, and .... SHOPPING! Barbara and Michael brought some of their Mihara Shibori scarves for a trunk show and sale.

What a delicious way to spend our lunch break!

Below, Cheryl ponders which scarf (scarves) to buy...

After lunch, we did an individual dye project - each of us dyed a silk habotai scarf using the "scrunch and dip" method. Michael demonstrated dyeing a scarf for us. These dyes are fantastic, in that you can dip the scrunched scarf in one dye bath, squeeze excess dye out, and immediately move to another dye bath without contaminating that dye bath or affecting the wet, freshly dyed color on the silk. Below is Michale's finished scarf just out of the last dye bath. Numerous different colored dye baths are used to create the iridescent marbled effect.

Ironing the finished scarves brings out the colors. Monine is ironing her scarf below.

Liz works on hers below.
Barbara demonstrated surface design applications using Colorhue dyes next. We tried screening, stenciling and stamping using shaving cream as the carrier for the Colorhue dyes. Several drops of dye were added to shaving cream in a very small cup, shown below.

The mixture is stirred well to evenly distribute the color.

We did some silk screening using Barbara's thermofax screens.

Next we cut stencils from freezer paper and used a foam brush to apply the thickened dye. Below Barbara demonstrates with a freezer paper stencil.

The freezer paper is removed, revealing the finished stencil.

The remainder of the afternoon was spent playing with the Colorhue dyes in whatever way we chose. Clean up was fast and efficient, both because we have a GREAT GROUP and because these dyes can be washed down the sink for disposal. the Arts Center classrooms worked well for this workshop. Barbara enjoyed our group, and would be happy to return with Michael for a shibori dye workshop in the future. Let Nancy know if you are interested!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Family Heirloom Textiles and Apparel

The October 5, 2010 CFA program featured members' family heirloom textile and apparel treasures. Many of us were surprised (or shocked) that we could not find the treasures we sought. More later about this discovery.

Each presenter related stories to accompany the artifact.

Nancy Bryant showed an apron made by her maternal grandmother in the 1950s. Her grandmother made a set of 3: one for Nancy's mother, one for Nancy (approximately age 8) and one for nancy's doll. Nancy thinks the doll apron is in a storable box. The third apron in lost.

Nancy also brought her mother's leather button baby shoes, mounted in a shadow box with a photo of her mother as an infant. Her third artifacts was a doll wearing a dress made by her best friend's mother. The dress matches the first dress Nancy made at age 9, assisted by her friend's mother. Sadly, Nancy's dress was given to younger cousins who lived back east.

Mariana Mace shared her great grandfather's christening dress.

Shirley Strub brought a doll wearing a dress she made from heirloom fabrics and a dresser scarf.

Heather Hodney showed us a baby bonnet made for her grandfather.

Heather also brought the brim and crown of a large hat made of Battenberg lace, mounted on a display board. Both of Heather's heirloom pieces were made by her great grandmother and earned an Honorable Mention at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exhibition in Portland.

Karen Tornow brought one of her father's baby shoes, preserved in a bronze coating. She also brought a brass bell in the shape of a vantage dress. Her mother used to call the children into the house for dinner.

Virginia Gregory brought her father's felt baby shoes.

Below is Virginia's father's baby sweater, crocheted by her father's mother.

Ginny Morgan brought a blanket made in the 1840s, woven by hand from fibers spun by hand.

Susan Clarke brought a crocheted vase cover and a box filled with pieces of her grandmother's lace.

Barbara Gordon shared a photo of a lace tablecloth crocheted by her then-teenage grandmother. It is currently mounted over the fireplace in her parents' home. She also showed two hand-embroidered handkerchiefs made by her other grandmother.

Monine Stebbins brought a silk dress given to her by a friend who used to wear it for dancing in Hawaii in the 1930s and 1940s.

During our conversation, questions arose about care and storage. Thus, we decided that we will dedicate the February program to care and storage and a reprieve of family heirlooms. If you could not find the treasures you sought, weren't able to attend, or remembered other artifacts you would like to share, start looking for them NOW.

If you would like to purchase acid free storage boxes and acid free tissue paper, three web sites are listed below. Perhaps several members would like to share an order to reduce shipping costs and take advantage of pricing for multiple boxes.

Gaylord archival boxes:

Light Impressions archival boxes:

University products archival storage products:

The following books may be of interest:
Your Vintage Keepsake by Margaret T. Ordonez

Preserving Textiles: A Guide for the Nonspecialist by Harold F. Maitland

Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions by Don Williams