In the meantime, I thought I would share some of the dyeing process with you all. By the way, I was privileged to be taught by India Flint, during a summer artist intensive at Whitireia. I also have her book (my textbook) to help guide me, which discusses the process India has developed and her motivation for what she does. These are my takes on her processes.
Below is my little pot from Trash Palace, $2. It is the perfect size to stick a linen shirt into. This one is marinating in cold flax juice and some iron links from the railway tracks.
My Eucalyptus Cinerea bucket.
Taking the lid off the pot, one can see the flax flowers and juice all up in there. These were left for at least 48 hours.
Here is my linen dress all rolled up awaiting to be unravelled and exclaimed over.
This dress has a long piece of rusted metal inside it. Below, this is what was in the little pot.
Here is my healing cloth. I came to call it that because I am in a healing time due to RSI.
Open up the shirt and see those dyed parts as well as the undyed lighter parts.
The healing blanket unrolled and investigated. After two and a half days, that seaweed is starting to get high. I just love my bolts.
Great iron metal bolts, screws, and giant nails.
I am happy with this old quilt.
This particular black seaweed left a distinctive black mark on the silk.
Part of my elaborate and highly sophisticated set up. Just need some buckets, metal findings (old cans, bottle tops, to act as the mordant or 'fixative."
Late to the hub craft group but I am determind to prepare two more linen shirts.
And this is how I do it .. Found objects , onion skins, metal bolts ...
Two new bundles ready for the pot.
I will post some photos soon of finished work.