Monthly Archives: September 2016

Parfait dyeing

In the book Color by accident by Ann Johnston, she describes a process of layering fabric and dyes to create gradations of colour. Instead of using 3 separate pieces of fabric, I folded a one and a half metre length of cotton.

parfait-khaki

The result is on piece with three colours and more. Unexpected and unusual colour combinations occur. I never plan my dyeing sessions scientifically and don’t expect to recreate the same design again.

parfait-blue

I like the spontaneity of combining leftover dyes and seeing the results.

parfait-mauve

I am still ironing the rest of the cotton fabric that I dyed. More photos will be coming soon, if the ironing fairy comes to visit!

 

Labour day dyeing results

A couple of weekends ago I overdyed some fabric that I didn’t like. It was a yellow and black batik fabric with ghostly white flowers. The price was right and I brought it home, knowing that a dip in the dye bath could only improve it.

labour 2016 overdyeing

I cut this yardage into two pieces and dyed one in blue and the other in red.

overdyed-fabrics

I like the results above much better than the original colour.

I also dyed my husband’s t-shirt which had gotten stained.

labour 2016 tiedyetshirt

tiedyetshirt_front

My husband was very happy with the colours and pattern on the t-shirt. My son liked the t-shirt so much he wants me to make him one too!

tiedyetshirt_backThe rest of the fabrics I dyed are still in a heap on my ironing board! I will be tackling the pile soon.

Fibre Content 2016 – a Canadian fibre art exhibition

If you have love art and textiles, make your way to the Art Gallery of Burlington for the third biennial fibre art show: Fibre Content 2016. The juried exhibit is on from September 8-18, 2016 and showcases outstanding Canadian artists.

Royal Thistle by Helena Scheffer and Marion Perrault, Montreal, QC

Royal Thistle by Helena Scheffer and Marion Perrault, Montreal, QC

l attended the opening reception on Sunday, September 11th with my friend Helen (@piece_by_piece) and her proud mother Barbara. Helen’s piece: Seaton Trail was hung in the gallery space where it could be seen from the entrance.

Seaton Trail by Helen Garland, Toronto, ON

Seaton Trail by Helen Garland, Toronto, ON

Yesterday's News by Dianne Gibson, Fonthill, ON

Yesterday’s News by Dianne Gibson, Fonthill, ON

Falling Leaves by Anne Solomon, Etobicoke, ON

Falling Leaves by Anne Solomon, Etobicoke, ON

Off the Rails by Valerie Prideaux, Toronto, ON

Off the Rails by Valerie Prideaux, Toronto, ON

Maid of the Mist by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON

Maid of the Mist by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON

I met and spoke to  Jennifer Earle who wove, embroidered and beaded the beautiful shawl above. The details are stunning!

Maid of the Mist (Detail) by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON

Maid of the Mist (Detail) by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON

Jennifer also created the hanger out of copper tubing to display her entry.

Refuge by Bethany E. Garner, Elinburg ON

Refuge by Bethany E. Garner, Elinburg ON

The Way I See Myself by Sharon Deacon Begg, Guelph, ON

The Way I See Myself by Sharon Deacon Begg, Guelph, ON

This was the first time I had ever attended and so happy to see the amazing works on display. There were 125 pieces on display in 2 gallery rooms. The three jurors chose these from the 218 submissions from 102 artists.

Sunrise at Plum by Micaela Fitzsimmons, Mitchell, ON

Sunrise at Plum by Micaela Fitzsimmons, Mitchell, ON

Ocean by Pat Hertzberg, Caledon, ON

Ocean by Pat Hertzberg, Caledon, ON

I spoke to Pat Hertzberg, a textile and mixed-media artist who recently moved and how this change has influenced her artwork. Her artwork conveys a lightness and transparency that is beautiful.

Stitch Meanderings by Linda Kittmer, Rockwood, ON

Stitch Meanderings by Linda Kittmer, Rockwood, ON

Out of the Shadows by Helen Hughes, Guelph, ON

Out of the Shadows by Helen Hughes, Guelph, ON

The Gingko Tree by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON

The Gingko Tree by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON

The Gingko Tree (detail) by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON

The Gingko Tree (detail) by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON

Floating in Blue - Triptych by Gunnel Hag, Toronto, ON

Floating in Blue – Triptych by Gunnel Hag, Toronto, ON

This triptych of floating feathers made by Gunnel Hag captured their effortless flight. She had originally displayed it horizontally, but after seeing it hung vertically, Gunnel thought it might even flow better.

Poppies Aglow II by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON

Poppies Aglow II by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON

A Green Thought in a Green Shade by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON

A Green Thought in a Green Shade by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON

Mita Giacomini co-ordinator of the Interactive Display Area

Mita Giacomini co-ordinator of the Interactive Display Area

Mita Giacomini was one of the very talented fibre artist who had 2 pieces in the show as well as coordinating the interactive exhibit. Here she is in front of the board that shows how she creates her work.

Cross Road by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON

Cross Road by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON

She calls the technique she developed “surface weaving.” She described the process and had the sample to illustrate the steps involved. Mita also has information on her website as well as photographs of her other pieces in this series: Overhead Underfoot.

Brighter Path by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON

Brighter Path by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON

A feature of the show is the series of Artist Talks given by three fibre artists. These one hour talks are free of charge and open to everyone. The first talk was given by Dianne Gibson on Saturday, but you still have time to hear: Maggie Vanderweit on Wed. Sept. 14th from 10 -11 am and Mita Giacomini on Sun Sep 18th from 1-2  pm.

Camden Town #2 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC

Camden Town #2 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC

Port Clyde 3 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC

Port Clyde 3 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC

Rue du Buade #1 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC

Rue du Buade #1 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC

The photographs I took are just a small sampling of the beautiful work presented in the Fibre Content show. I hope you have the opportunity to see the outstanding art in person. Fibrations is the not-for-profit organization that organizes Fibre Content. All of the artwork in this show will be featured on the Web gallery, where information for the past two shows: 2012 and 2014  can be found.

Labour Day 2016 – Hand dyeing

I have been waiting all summer for the opportunity to do some hand dyeing. The weather has been ideal, with hot sunny days and nights. Yesterday I started to dye 30 metres of pfd fabric.

labour 2016 dye bucket1

I wanted larger pieces and decided to dye 2 meter lengths. First I dyed red, fuchsia, bright yellow, golden yellow, black, turquoise, cerulean blue, and royal blue.

labour 2016 4colours

Next I mixed orange, purple, and green.

labour 2016 dye buckets

I also experimented with dyeing layers – parfait layers is how Ann Johnston describes layering 3 fabrics one on top of the other each with its own colour. The results are always fun to see.

labour 2016 yellow parfait

My husband brought me his new t-shirt that was stained and asked if I could dye it. I am curious to see the results of this tiedyeing experiment.

labour 2016 tiedyetshirt

I purchased this batik from the discount table even though I didn’t really like it. I thought it was really ugly actually, but I knew that I could improve it by overdyeing it. I split the piece into 2 long lengths (there was lots left on the bolt – no one else liked it!) and overdyed one piece with red and another piece blue. Worse case, it gets used for backing.

labour 2016 overdyeing

I will be rinsing and ironing these out over the next week. I am looking forward to seeing how these overdyed pieces and the t-shirt turned out!

Hope your Labour Day was fun!