Tuesday, December 06, 2005


I've been taking a great Fiber class from Bonnie Britton, out at Cabrillo College. By the way, Bonnie teaches a number of fabulous classes there, including her Artist's Books Class, and Paper Decoration (this coming Wintersession 2006). The are both very addictive. Anyway, this semester we've been working with making paper, and Shibori Dyeing with Indigo. Here are a few pieces I've done, encorporating the dyed pieces with encaustic. This one is 24 inches square, and has a lot of layers of dyed fabrics, including many layers of gauzy fabrics. Below is a detail of the gauzy layered part.

The following one is a twelve inch square, and has some threads embedded in the wax, which were tied up in the shibori process. The threads form the grid.

Another fun project we did yesterday, was Discharge Dyeing. This is where you take the color out of the fabric with bleach in a ratio of 1 to 5. The original fabric was black! Front and back.

I've been working with embedding fabric into encaustic pieces. Here is a piece of silk embedded with wax. Not quite finished.... a 24 inch square.

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