25 June 2013

Pulp Painting

For my Papermaking class at KCAI, this week we experimented with pulp paintings. I'll post some of the results when they are dry. 




21 June 2013

Coil Baskets

In the Natural Dyes class I took earlier this month, the teach briefly went over how to make coil baskets with our dyed yarns. I was hooked! I made two baskets this week, and I'm seeing gifting possibilities in the future....



18 June 2013

Vegetable Papyrus

I'm currently teaching a 6 week Papermaking class for adults through the Kansas City Art Institute. I have 6 wonderfully interested students!

We experimented last week with vegetable papyrus. We par-boiled zucchini, yellow squash, carrots and onions for about 5 minutes, then sliced on the thinnest setting on a fancy mandolin. Then we laid the slices out onto some dirty pellons and lots of felts/towels,  and pressed them in the hydraulic press, slowly adding more pressure. We exchanged the wet towels dry ones, and pressed again, about 5 times. By the end, they were super flat, and just slightly damp. We left them on to dry flat on the pelons. In a couple of days, this was the result!






The pieces are very translucent and delicate. I have a feeling they will loose their color over time, and become more brittle. But for now, how stunning!



17 June 2013

Natural Dyes Binder

The first time I took a fiber department class in college, the teacher really stressed the importance of keeping a binder with samples and detailed notes on processes. So now, whenever I take a workshop, I'm sure to get everything organized and labeled. Here are some of the pages from the natural dyes class I took last week.




and here are my abbreviated notes.

Natural Dyes Class 

Mordant 10% alum & 5% potassium bitartrate

Fabrics: Silk Habotai 10mm, Raw silk/Silk Noil, and Unbleached dyers cotton muslin

Red Onion Skin - M
simmered with water, fabric pre-mordanted

Red Onion Skin
simmered with water

Yellow Onion Skin - M
simmered with water, fabric pre-mordanted

Yellow Onion Skin
simmered with water

Turmeric Powder
simmered with water, fugitive

Red Cabbage
simmered in water, color can be modified with acids and bases

Black Bean
soaked in cold water overnight, pre-mordanted, color can be modified with acids/bases

Black Walnut
dried, crushed, simmered in water, fabric pre-mordanted

Avocado Skins
dried, fermented for one week by alternatively heating and cooling, heat to dye

Mint
simmered in water, rust water added

Logwood
Simmered in water, fabric pre-mordanted

Madder
Simmered in water, fabric pre-mordanted

Osage Orange
Simmered in water, fabric pre-mordanted

Mulberry
Simmered in water


11 June 2013

Natural Dyes Class

This week I'm taking a class in Natural Dyes from Erika Hanson at the Kansas City Art Institute.