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Snow dyeing “pashmina” shawls

I purchased two shawls this past weekend so I could continue to take advantage of the snow that was still accumulating. One was labelled 70% pashmina, 30% silk. It was had a nice shimmer and was soft. The other shawl was labelled 100% pashmina. At both locations I asked specifically if the fibre content was wool and was assured that it was.

Not wool scarves hand dyeing experiment dorislovadinalee.com

 

Both shawls were washed to remove any finish that might deter the dye from adhering to them. They were soaked in a vinegar, salt and water solution to prepare the wool for dyeing.

snow dyeing ice dyed pashmina scarves toronto ontario dorislovadinalee

One of the shawls was folded into thirds and wrapped around a PVC pipe, the other was rolled around a string. A combination of navy, turquoise and yellow dye powder was sprinkled on top of the snow.

shibori scarves in dye toronto ontario canada local dyer doris lovadina-lee

After the snow had melted, the shawls were steamed to set the dye. In the photo above they had just been removed from the steamer, the colours were vibrant!

snow dyed scarves pashmina washing synthropol doris lovadina-lee local hand dyer

The shawls were rinsed and washed with synthropol to remove all the excess dye.

hand dyed pashmina scarves hanging to dry basement doris lee toronto ontario

Here they are drying on the line after all of the dye was removed. I could see as soon as I began rinsing them out that there was a problem. In my experience pure wool absorbs dye beautifully resulting in deep, rich, strong colours. So, these two supposedly wool shawls don’t contain any wool at all!

Nui shibori snow dyed not wool scarf toronto ontario dorisleehand made pashmina not wool shibori scarf dyed with snow toronto ontario canada

This is the nui shibori shawl after its final wash. It’s a soft ethereal blue.

pleated arashi pashmina shibori hand dyed scarf not wool doris lee toronto artist
The arashi shibori shawl has a bit more colour, and the steaming has set the pleats! Although the colour differs quite dramatically from the shawls just out of the steamer, they are a still very pretty – an icy blue.

Arashi shibori blue snow dyed not wool scarf doris lovadina-lee toronto ontario

Well, this experience has taught me that not all labels are accurate! The results are not the rich deep colours I personally favour but the finished shawls are still lovely. I am still looking for 100% pure wool scarves. I have a lead that I plan on pursuing. Hoping they arrive before all the snow is gone!

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Encaustic Painting Workshop with Ann Shier

I spent a very happy weekend learning more encaustic painting techniques with artist Ann Shier. This was a two-day comprehensive encaustic painting workshop. I had taken an introductory encaustic painting workshop with Vashty Hawkins: Introduction to Encaustic Painting Image Transfer Workshop. This small taste, left me wanting to try more.

second door studio distillery district toronto ontario canada Ann Shier artist

Ann has a great studio space in the Historic Distillery District in Toronto called the Second Door Studio. Ann shares this space which is also a gallery and retail shop with artist Joya Paul. The studio is filled with beautiful pieces of encaustic and mixed media art.

2nd door studio distillery district toronto ontario art studio canada

There were three students attending the workshop the first day and we each had our own space set up with all the necessary equipment and supplies.

encaustic wax practice on watercolor paper ann shier workshop toronto ontario canada

We began the day with an overview of the different types of wax, how to mix colours, how to apply the wax medium and how to fuse the layers. We practiced on watercolour paper first. Ann is holding her paper where she demonstrated some of the techniques that can be used in encaustic painting.

Techniques: stencils, embellishments, incising and pastels


Encaustic wax and mixed media embellishments studio workshop toronto ontario canada

I’ve covered the wooden board with a few layers of encaustic medium I had mixed and am deciding what embellishments to use.

wax covered stencil in encaustic painting by doris lovadinalee toronto ontario canada second door studio

The stencil I chose is covered with a clear layer of wax medium.

texture stencils turquoise encaustic wax doris lovadina-lee toronto artist distillery district
This shows more stencils added to the right side of the painting before removal.

encaustic wax techniques with stencils doris lovadinalee toronto ontario canada
turquoise encaustic painting doris lovadina-lee with diamonds and silver toronto ontario canada
The finished piece!

Techniques: photo encaustic, wax medium, and pastels

flower photograph encaustic wax painting dorislovadinalee.com distillery district ann shier
Above, is my photograph of flowers with the colour enhanced and printed on heavier weight paper. This was glued on to a wooden board with archival rice paste and left to dry.
pink flowers green encaustic wax painting workshop doris lovadina-lee toronto distillery district canada
Wax medium is applied in layers to add texture. Pan pastels are added to create depth.

photo encaustic painting pink flowers green background doris lovadina-lee toronto ontario canada

The flower painting is completed!

wax scrapping ann shier art studio encaustic wax painting

Ann demonstrating how to scrape wax off a stencil. This is Michelle’s beautiful daisy painting. She incorporated photo image transfer, encaustic medium, stencils and pan pastels. This was her first ever attempt at encaustic painting! Michelle’s second painting began with her photograph of the tree.

Michelle Clark and Ann Shier teaching encaustic wax workshop 2nd door studio distillery district toronto

 

Encaustic wax workshop Ann Shier and Doris Lovadina-Lee toronto Distillery District

 

artist Ann shier second door studio distillery district toronto

Ann is offering workshops in her studio, visit her website for dates and times. While you are there have a look at more of her gorgeous artwork.

To see more encaustic artwork, visit Wax and Wane : Exploring Encaustic and Cold Wax Paintings at the Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Eleven local artist are exhibiting their work from Jan. 3-27, 2018.

I hope you are able to spend some time this year exploring some new techniques. Have fun and play!

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Our Baby Girl Forever memory quilt

I happily delivered a modern memory quilt commissioned as a Christmas gift. Mom had carefully stored a selection of baby clothes that she wanted me to incorporate into a lap sized quilt for her daughter.

baby clothing, onsies, knits for memory quilt baby quilt by doris lovadina-lee toronto

I separated the baby clothing into pastels and bright colours. It became obvious seeing the clothing that the quilt was going to be double sided.

bright t-shirt onsies and knits from baby clothes cut up for lap quilt

I cut the largest size squares or rectangle possible out of the clothing.

Baby's first christmas hat for memory quilt dorislovadinalee.com

Since most of the clothing was made out of stretchy knits, each piece was interfaced to stabilize it.

pastel pink knits from baby clothes repurposed in lap sized memory quilt by lovadina-lee toronto ontario canada

Pastel side of the quilt with embroidered collar, yoke and appliques, carefully cut out and positioned.

toronto maple leafs onsie for Our Baby Girl Forever Quilt by doris toronto ontario

Bright side with a note to myself pinned to the onesie, not to iron on top of it!

baby flannel for quilt binding Our Baby Girl Forever made by doris lovadina-lee toronto ontario canada

A flannelette baby blanket was put aside to make the binding.

modern memory quilt baby quilt doris lee toronto ontario canada

Mom’s side of the quilt featuring pinks and pastels.

detail of t-shirt quilt memory quilt baby clothing handmade doris lee toronto ontario

Detail of a beautiful embroidery.

back of marisa's memory modern quilt from baby clothing by doris lovadina-lee toronto canada

Dad’s side of the quilt featuring a Toronto Maple Leaf onesie, christmas hat and brights.

modern memory quilt first christmas baby quilt made toronto ontario canada dorislovadinalee.com

The idea for this quilt really came together after hearing the story behind the very diverse selection of baby clothes. When the baby was brought home from the hospital, they realized that most of the clothing was too large. So, the new mom asked the dad to go out shopping for some smaller sizes. You can see from clearly which ones were purchased by the dad! I am happy to have been able to make this memory quilt.

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Best artwork of 2017!

Nine of my best liked Instagram posts from 2017. These were automatically generated by logging into: https://2017bestnine.com/.

Best hand dyed scarves, best artwork, best quilts by doris lovadina-lee instagram best nine toronto ontario canada

An interesting way to see your work in relation to how others see it. I was surprised at a couple of inclusions.

Instagram is such a great platform for capturing snapshots of your work. I use Instagram quite a bit in my work to:

  • record works in progress
  • record finished pieces
  • to help me ‘see’ my work at a distance
  • create a visual list take when shopping for materials
  • send information to others

How do you use Instagram in your work?

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Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild Holiday Market 2017

Finish up, or start your Christmas shopping at the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild Festive Market!

A selection of beautiful hand crafted items will be available from our members.

Hand dyed scarves, pyjamas, knit clothing for American dolls, soaps, pillowcases, book covers, preserves, cat toys, knit socks, and Christmas ornaments are just a few of the handmade gifts available.

 

for sale hand dyed scarves Yorkshire Rose Quilters' guild of Toronto holiday market doris lovadina-lee

Admission and refreshments are free for everybody, so bring a friend or two. Enjoy delicious Christmas goodies provided by the Guild Executives. Pick up a complimentary ballot to win a door prize. Bring your cash, as most vendors won’t have machines to accept credit or debit.

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Location: Danforth Mennonite Church, 2174 Danforth Avenue

Hope to see you tonight!

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Vista artwork from the Fineline Series

This series of textile paintings are the first three I created and set on canvas. The canvas was originally painted medium blue. Once the pieces were attached, I found the background was too dark and the quilted artwork did not show well. So, I repainted the canvas white and I am much happier with how the quilted pieces look.

Vista 1

Indigo textile painting on white canvas by doris lovadina-lee for sale, vista

Vista 1
2017 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
12 x 12 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas

fineline series textile painting vista 1 detail doris lovadina-lee artist
Vista 1 detail

 

Vista 2

indigo textile on painted canvas by dorislovadinalee.com artwork for sale
Vista 2
2017 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
12 x 12 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas

Vista 2 detail
Vista 2 detail

 

Vista 3

Vista 3 textile art from fineline series artwork for sale by doris lovadina-lee toronto canada
Vista 3
2017 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
12 x 16 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas

close-up textile painting Vista 3 on 12 x 16 inches indigo for sale by doris lovadina-lee toronto
Vista 3 detail

 

detail of vista 3 fineline series artwork by canadian dorislovadinalee
Vista 3 detail

 

detail of Vista 3 fineline series artwork by doris lovadinalee indigo blue and pale blue
Vista 3 detail

 

Fineline Series

The Fineline series of quilted textiles was an attempt to incorporate some new ideas and techniques. I had:

  • read Gwen Marston’s book: Minimal Quiltmaking
  • dyed some beautiful indigo cotton
  • read Jean Wells book: Intuitive Color & Design
  • attended a quilt retreat with a very small amount of my hand dyed fabrics
  • used canvas to frame quilted pieces

The quilt retreat was the perfect time to play with the ideas of minimalism and experiment with the technique of inserting narrow strips. There was no pressure to create a finished piece. But, I was so happy with the works I created, that I did finish all three!

Inserting very narrow strips of colour into the pieces was very satisfying. Continuing my experiments with this technique, I created tiny pieces of quilted art: Fineline Brooches and recently made: Lipstick and Mascara. I am not finished with the Fineline Series of textile paintings, there is still so much more to explore.

 

Vistas on blue canvas textile paintings by toronto artist doris lee
These are the Vista textile paintings before the change of colour in the background. What do you think of the colour change?

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Introduction to Encaustic Painting Image Transfer Workshop

I have been intrigued by encaustic wax paintings. This is a very old art form that used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. The Yellow House Gallery in Toronto offered a class on this art form as well as photo image transfer. I signed up to take this afternoon workshop and had so much fun!

Photo Image Transfer

Encaustic painting workshop yellowhouse gallery toronto ontario

A mixture of beeswax and damar resin are melted together and applied to cradled birch panels.

Yellow house gallery workshop toronto ontario encaustic wax painting

Two coats of wax applied to the wooden board. Both processes begin with this step. For the photo image transfer, a photocopy is placed right side onto the wax and pressed into the wax with a smooth object. The ink transfers into the wax and then the paper is removed by carefully washing it off.Photo image transfer of stone wall photograph taken in italy by doris lovadina-lee

This photograph was taken in Italy of a stone house. I love the texture and colours. The paper film is not completely removed yet.

image transfer of italian stone wall with arched windows taken by doris lovadina lee toronto

At this stage of the photo transfer there are still bits of paper left to be removed, but I can see the what the finished piece looks like and am so happy with it.

Encaustic Wax Painting

wax and heat gun for the encaustic wax workshop at the yellowhouse gallery toronto kingston road

The second piece involved painting with coloured wax. I also wanted to incorporate some textiles into the artwork. I brought a small amount of embellishments that I thought might work, including silk fabric, beads, bark, shells and beaded embroidery floss.

first layer melted wax for encaustic painting by doris lovadinal-lee

Two layers of clear wax are applied to the cradled board first and then the coloured wax. Here I’ve added my first layer of colour by mixing black and white wax.

second layer of wax for encaustic painting workshop dorislovadinalee.com

Second layer of colour is a beautiful shade of red, thinned by clear wax.

silk, seashells encaustic wax painting by doris lovadina-lee made in toronto canada

Stripes of silk and embellishments were positioned and a layer of wax applied.

beads, silk and sea shells in encaustic wax art work by doris lovadina-lee

A beautiful pearlescent powder was used to highlight certain areas. After a few days of curing, the wax will dry clear.

close-up detail of encaustic wax artwork by doris lovadina-lee

Close-up of the embellishments, texture and colour.

vashty and christina a the yellow house gallery kingston road toronto ontario canada

Christina Kostoff owner and director of the Yellow House Gallery and Vashty Hawkins artist and teacher holding my first encaustic painting. Vashty will be teaching more encaustic and photo image transfer classes this winter at the Yellow House Gallery, visit the website for more information.

 

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Shop the SLC 2017 – Ryerson Holiday Market

No, I am not redecorating! I am preparing a display for the holiday market: Shop the SLC. This event takes place at Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre at 341 Yonge Street in the first floor Amphitheatre during November 20th-24th from 10am-4pm.

Shop the SLC brings Ryerson students, alumni, staff and faculty together to showcase their home-grown talent and entrepreneurial spirit through a handmade craft market. Have a look at the list of vendors, showcasing their unique, one-of-a-kind products, perfect gifts for those hard to shop for people on your holiday list.

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I will be selling my hand dyed scarves, placemats, napkins, and handmade cards. In order to display my scarves, I’ve taken an idea from Amy of Amy’s Place Handmade, and repurposed an old lampshade. By removing the fabric cover and leaving the wire, I will be able to display a selection of my hand dyed shibori scarves next week.

 

wire lampshade
This shade is attached to an old surveyor’s stand that my husband purchased. It had been converted into a light fixture. I think it makes a great display stand!

hand dyed scarves on wire lampshade doris lovadina-lee
Testing out the display with some of my scarves. I have many new shibori scarves in silk, cotton gauze, and a wool/silk blend. I will be bringing mixed media greeting cards, small zippered pouches, indigo napkins, placemats and more. There will be lots to see!

poster shop the slc holiday market poster

Come out and find a unique gift or treat yourself to one-of-a-kind items; from fashion and food to handmade crafts and custom artwork, there is something for everyone. Each day will feature different Ryerson vendors, including me!

Hope to see you next Wednesday November 22, 2017 from 10-4. Drop by and say hello!

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Hand made fabric greeting cards

I have created a series of blank greeting cards using some of my hand dyed fabrics, and embellishments collected over the years.

indigo linen embellished handmade card created by dorislovadinalee.com

The note cards are a fun way to use some of my precious fabric pieces that are too small to stitch with (although some of my friends would not agree!)

mixed media bespoke greeting card with seashells, ribbon created by dorislovadinalee.com

Shells were collected from beach vacations. I purposely chose only shells that had a small hole, with the idea that I would stitch them onto some artwork in the future.

hand made cards by doris lovadina-lee in toronto, ontario, canada

I love the beautiful and nuanced look of Oakshott Cottons. The warp and weft are woven with two different colours, you can see the turquoise and blue in the piece above. So much more interesting than just a solid!

twisted heart greeting card by doris lovadina-lee in toronto ontario canada

A vintage linen napkin with a lovely finished edge in fuchsia is combined with cheesecloth and a heart. I call this one Twisted Heart!indigo cotton fabric, silk ribbon and glass flower bead embellished handmade greeting card by doris lovadina-lee

Indigo paired with glass beads and ribbon to celebrate your accomplishments.

hand made greeting cars embellished with fabric and shells and sayings

These blank mixed media note cards will be available soon in an upcoming holiday market.

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Lipstick and Mascara: textile paintings

I have recently completed four new textile paintings. This series called: Lipstick & Mascara are a part of the Precious Snowflakes Holiday Art Sale and Festival. The Yellow House Gallery on Kingston Road in Toronto with the Cobalt Gallery and Clay Studio are hosting this event. Small pieces of original art  will be on display at these two venues and available for sale from November 17, 2017 to January 20, 2018.

original textile painting made by doris lovadina-lee with hand dyed fabric

Lipstick and Mascara 1
©2017 Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 8 inches
hand dyed cottons, commercial fabric, thread over canvas
$96.00

Lipstick and mascara2 an original textile painting by dorislovadinalee.com available at yellow house gallery toronto

Lipstick and Mascara 2
©2017 Doris Lovadina-Lee
8 x 6 inches
hand dyed cottons, commercial fabric, thread over canvas
$96.00

lipstick and mascara detail of quilting and fineline piecing of quilting cottons for the Precious Snowflake art show and sale toronto

Lipstick and Mascara 2 – detail
©2017 Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 8 inches
hand dyed cottons, commercial fabric, thread over canvas
$96.00

pink and black small artwork by dorislovadinalee.com called Lipstick and mascara made with hand dyed fabrics for the 2017 christmas art show

Lipstick and Mascara 3
©2017 Doris Lovadina-Lee
8 x 6 inches
hand dyed cottons, commercial fabric, thread over canvas
$96.00

Yellow House Gallery on Kingston Road Toronto hosting a holiday art show and sale with Doris lovadina-lee's piece: Lipstick and Mascara

Lipstick and Mascara 4
©2017 Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 8 inches
hand dyed cottons, commercial fabric, thread over canvas
$96.00

detail of lipstick and mascara4 with hand dyed cotton and velvet made by doris lovadina-lee

Lipstick and Mascara – 4 detail
©2017 Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 8 inches
hand dyed cottons, commercial fabric, thread over canvas
$96.00

This is a great opportunity to purchase original works of art from local artists.