Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Spray dyeing inside my studio

Sun dyeing is now over for another year.  The frost has come and taken away the plants I need for my sun dyeing and the sun itself is no longer strong enough to transform the white silk into colourful creations. 

I have returned to my indoor studio where I have spent countless hours misting dyes onto plain white scarves and creating one of a kind patterns and colour themes.  This process is very different from sun dyeing and requires a much longer time to achieve vibrant, permanent scarves, 48 hours to be precise. 
Blank Scarf

I start by preparing the fabric with chemicals that open up the fibers and allow for deep penetration of the dyes.  Shades of colour are custom mixed by me right before application.  I mist many layers of colour onto the scarf and manipulate the colours together with gloved hands.  This latter step is probably the most important stage as it allows new colours to develop when the fabric is rubbed repeatedly. 
Spraying and manipulating the dyes

The fabric is then covered and kept wet for 48 hours and during this time I will often go back and mist on more colours to change the hues or intensity.  After 2 days, the excess dye is rinsed off and the end product is set using another chemical, which makes the artwork permanent and lasting. 
Under plastic for 48 hours

I will be showing a wide assortment of my work at the Nepean Sportsplex Christmas Show on November 5,6,7 and 8th.  Visit my booth early for best selection. Please see my show listings for address and show times.


Spray dyeing

Spray Dyeing

Spray Dyeing

Spray Dyeing

Spray Dyeing

Spray Dyeing

Spray Dyeing

Sun Dyed with Salt

Sun Dyed with plants

Sun Dyed with plants

Sun Dyed with plants

Sun Dyed Canadiana Scarf

Sun Dyed with plants

Sun Dyed with plants