Fabric Sample #1 from Surface Design class at KC Art Institute

dying technique of Japanese shibori on rayon

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Some of you may or may not know, I am taking a 6-wk surface design course at the Art Institute. The class focuses on dying techniques for cellulose fibers, which opens up new techniques and processes for me as thus far, I’ve only dyed protein fibers (i.e. wool). The sample here was my first attempt at a certain type of Japanese shibori using a nylon rope to resist the dye. The result was not what I was going for, but I still like the landscape effect it produced. Sometimes, you just don’t know what you’re going to get. Fun stuff! I’ll be posting more samples…

Work in Progress – Berry Pods on Branch

felt balls!
that's a lot of felt balls

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Step 1: Spend way too much time making felt balls. — Oddly enough, it’s a soothing exercise. When I was too tired to do anything, let alone think, I could still make felt balls (which involves a very sharp instrument, so don’t discount it completely).

berries in their pods

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Step 2: Make pod shells   Рsadly, I have a disgraceful camera, so these are more dark reddish purple than what you see here.

Step 3: Sew felt balls into pods.

Step 4: Realize it needs something more.

Step 5 (WILL BE) to create an approx. 5′ abstracted branch form from cherry ply, so the composition you see here will not be the final layout. It will be much more stretched out. Or so I think…
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