Pink sunrise and indigo crystals

Sunrise up my road
Sunrise up my road

Two smallish pieces are in the works, one of which I will submit to the annual BirdxBird benefit and silent auction here in Minneapolis. (This event is the hippest art event I have ever participated in!) My posts this week trace the progress of this work. Thankfully I’m closer to completing these pieces than the posts indicate. I get more focused as a deadline approaches. Yea for deadlines!

I dyed some linen/cotton blend with freeze dried indigo crystals. The indigo isn’t as deep a value as I desired. I used a bucket inside a dishpan, replacing the water in the dishpan frequently to keep the temperature up. Stitched resist creates the line design. I Pulled the threads on one piece, which made air pockets. These need to be squished out before slipping the wet fabric into the vat. I’m a beginner with indigo.

the one with pulled up threads
the one with pulled up threads

one with flat stitching
one with flat stitching

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Author: Kit

I use the materials and techniques of the Japanese art of katazome (paste resist stencil dyeing) to capture my experience of nature. My work celebrates daily meetings with the wild birds, plants, and lake breezes of my local urban surroundings.

2 thoughts on “Pink sunrise and indigo crystals”

  1. New header image! Is it also part of the indigo experiments, I wonder? I have never played with indigo although it is on my to do list, so it’s interesting to see how you are using it.

  2. Hi threadspider! I have very little experience with indigo but have been wanting to play more with natural dyes. It’s possible I’ll be going in that direction as the year progresses.

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