Category Archives: Techniques

Eco printing

Eco printing is a process of wrapping dyestuff in damp mordanted fabric, wrapping it up, and either leaving it to “cure” in a warm dry place, or steaming it to extract and fix the colour. Last year’s attempts gave mixed … Continue reading

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A solar surprise

Well, everyone says that the problem with natural dyes is that you cannot repeat colours exactly. With any dyeing process, there is scope for variation due to slight differences in quantities, moisture content etc. With natural dye stuff there will … Continue reading

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Solar dyeing

Where is this year going? I have been so busy with my editing work that I haven’t had as much time as I would like for getting on in the studio. One thing I keep reading about on the net … Continue reading

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An experiment with flour paste

This experiment is about a very simple concept. If you cover a surface with something impenetrable, like a stencil, and paint over the top, the paint doesn’t get to the whole surface, causing a pattern to form. In this case, … Continue reading

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Experiments with cyanotype

The idea of cyanotype is very simple. First soak the fabric in light sensitive chemicals, then dry it in a dark place. If you arrange shapes on the resulting fabric and expose it to daylight, the chemicals react and darken … Continue reading

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