Yesterday,I spent most of the day indigo dyeing –   some for bluer blues, and some to overdye various yellows for some greener greens than I could get using a copper mordant. I do love the seafoam green that copper produces but I’m aiming for a more natural green. Fresh out of the pot, it’s oxidized in the air.

 

It’ll take another overdye of yellow. I used turmeric, weld and orange osage and all are varied strengths, so it’s hard to tell what you’re getting with the indigo because it ‘s green until it oxidizes and then shifts to blue and it’s darker when it’s wet. So, you have to dye indigo incrementally in order to not overdye it.

Well, it’s a potpourri of blues at this point and I’ve run out of time as well as silk -these are mostly cotton – so I’m sure  that on another day at another time will my efforts will prove to be more consistent and perhaps yield the colors I’m after.

After a late afternoon shift at The Gallery I’ll do more packing for 5 days in Gloucester at a workshop with Jane Davies – a shift from textiles to monoprinting on paper will be a nice break. At some point in the future, I’m sure that what I learn will find its way into the realm of textiles.

Posted by:turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

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