Sunday, August 11, 2013

Bundle Dyed Silk

Steamed the bundle made at the Textile Arts Center's sewing seeds garden in Brooklyn. Used chamomile, hollyhock, mint and marigolds.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Natural Dye Mural

I created this cotton clothmural with toddlers and pre-k children using natural dyes from flowers and vegetable discards, including redcabbage, marigolds, leaves, pansies, beet greens, red spinach and ramps. Children pressed the colors from the plants using their wooden play doughhammers and rolling pins. The mural is collaboration with the Angelfish classwho also extracted dye by pounding leaves and flowers. I used alum to mordant the fabric. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Finishing the Hat

I used purl soho super soft merino wool to make these cozy, warm yet lightweight hats. Found the grey hat pattern on the purl bee and made up a pattern for the white cap.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Dye date with Naomi Hudson-Knapp

Dream play date with a nursery school studio teacher. We used onion skins, hibiscus, turmeric, beet, red cabbage, mint, rust and more to create play dough and play scarves and clothes for little ones at riverside and Williamsburg Northside schools.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Atlantic ocean water mordant

Tried Atlantic ocean water, flowers, purple and yellow onion skins and blackberries for this bundle dyed shibori silk scarf. 

Knitted Balaclava

Extremely warm helmet/hood made with a combo of malibriga, baby alpaca, a thread of alpaca and wool blend and a thin thread of grey wool.
Protection from the elements!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Recent Work

Here is recent work I would like to share. I participated in a Creatively Green Family Festival presented through Young Audiences of New Jersey through a generous grant from NRG. What a nite, 300 folks in Hamilton, New Jersey created green crafts. My contribution was silk hankies dyed with natural materials: turmeric, hollyhock, red cabbage, hibiscus tea and yellow onion skins. Children and their families tie dyed the silk scarves with gorgeous results.

While planning the workshop I experimented with adding the natural dye to play dough. I used beet, paprika, turmeric and other dyes to make a palette of pastel play doughs-