I have been relaxing into doing some new paintings recently, being lead by my own inspirations, applying paint to the canvas and seeing what happens next.
This painting is not finished so I’ll just show you sections 🙂 As you can see there is collage and drawing involved as well. Those of you who were following my still life progress, don’t worry, it is still on the easel! 🙂
I’ve had a commission for a textile piece and I’m using this opportunity to experiment for natural dyeing as my client is eager to have the piece as natural as possible. First the fabric has to be made ready to receive the dye (I’m using strips of vintage bed sheet); with turmeric it is prepared with a salt water solution. The recipe I used was 4 cups of water and 1/4 cup salt. I made the relevant quantity for the amount of fabric I wanted to dye. Simmer in the solution for 1 hour. I think the dye bath is very different and you cannot really specify quantities of water to turmeric. I added 2 large tablespoons to my preserving pan which was 2/3rds full and simmered the pan for 10 minutes. I then took it from the heat and added more boiling water so there was enough to cover my fabric. The length of time you leave it in the dye is up to you, just take the fabric out when you are happy with the colour.
My fabric was only in the dye for a couple of minutes, isn’t it gorgeous!I will show you what I do with it soon 🙂
Now the garden is not in such great need for attention, I’m able to spend more time in my studio. I’m having lots of fun experimenting with design Ideas for fabric and art pieces at the same time. Here’s a sneaky peak into what has been happening in my studio today.
Running out of space at the end of the day, full table top and floor with prints drying because my drying rack I’ve ordered hasn’t arrived yet.
There are more colours to be added to this fabric which I’m in the middle of printing.
I’m very excited about my new projects and I’m looking forward to spending a lot more time in my studio.