And the dwarfs have been sent off to work.
*is all Gilmore-Girl-y with my references*
This is a very studio-heavy post ’cause I’ve been being all studio-productive-y this year! *\o/*
Part of that productivity has been playing with dye. I’m calling it Experiments in Dye Land.
Since I learned to spin in 2011 (Thanks, Miss Hel!), I am now trying my tentacles at acid dyeing wool. <–I'm experimenting with some wool that I purchased at the Farmer's Market this summer from the Embarrass Carding Mill.
Yes, there is a town not-too far from me called Embarrass, pronounced like “I’m embarrassed by.” <–I'm not kidding. Embarrass. Really.
So, acid dyeing protein fibers actually requires that the fiber and the dye be simmered for a bit of time in a set-up that I don't have (and don't have the money to supply), and I don't have a canning rig (yet!) to borrow from, so I kinda–improvised–it. <–From instructions similar to these instructions from Dharma Trading Company.
These are the results:
From left to right: Jet Black (which totally didn’t come out black; it came out grey and acid green, which is rather shiny), Black Cherry, and Turquoise.
From left to right: Turquoise (second hank of it), China Red, and Deep Orange.
I think that, for my first try, it didn’t came out too badly.
And, since I had the dyeing stuff out, I thought that I’d dye a bunch of white t-shirts that I had siting about.
Both of these shirts were dyed with a mixture of Kelly Green, Teal, and Turquoise.
The shirt on the top is Jet Black and Turquoise; on the bottom, Turquoise.
Both of these are dyed with China Red.
This one is dyed with Burgundy and Deep Orange.
Of course, I managed to injure myself while tyeing-up the shirts.
*eyeroll heard ’round the world*
What can I say? I’m accident prone.
*trips over a piece of paper*
*tra lala la la*
I’m currently wearing the Jet Black/Turquoise shirt. *twiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrls*
The key words/conceptual framework behind them is sorta looking like this: homonculus, daguerreotype, shimmer, echo, Book of Pressed Fairies, Platonic Ideal, shuggoths, Lovecraft, graffiti, Andy Warhol, pop art, unnamed friends, taxonomy, doodle, butterfly, and organic.
I also have a critter–unnamed friends: pop-tart Monday.
So, yeah, except for the two echo-spectre-owlet panels, all of this has been completed in 2012.
*is an awesome squid of awesomeness*
I’m going to posting my class schedule at the ARTgarage soon, though I’m teaching a Bookmaking class and a Storybead class this Saturday if y’all need something to do and are in the area.
*bounces off to clean the studio and do more work*