Considering a New Dye Brush

I need to purchase another jizomebake brush, used to brush dyes (or soy sizing) on larger areas of the cloth. I own one, but it would be helpful to have a somewhat smaller one to use only for colors. John Marshall is the only USA source for this as far as I can tell. Yesterday I came across a wonderful article, Painting with Indigo by John Marshall, published in the Turkey Red Journal last spring. The article shows wonderful examples of John’s expertise and unique style, and describes the uses of soy milk as a pigment binder for painting on textiles, specifically with indigo. In 2006, John sent out a small New Year’s gift to his students (image below). This is one of a series of small pieces he created based upon the symbols of the Japanese zodiac. The work is about letter paper size, natural dyes on a slubby-textured silk, more like broadcloth than raw silk. 2006 was the year of the dog. I love the sweet, slightly mischievous expression on this dog’s face!

Year of the Dog – Katazome on slubby silk by John Marshall

Author: Kit

I’m a St. Paul MN visual artist, working in drawing, printmaking, and textile art.

9 thoughts on “Considering a New Dye Brush”

  1. Kit,
    Your blog is a work of art, living art. I love reading it. It makes me feel like you’re talking. It’s fun to hear your thoughts and problem solving.
    a fan

  2. Hi Mary – Thanks for visiting! It is rewarding to share my process through this blog…another way to build connections and community!

  3. Will you be able to get the brush you need all right? I can check and see if there is an online place where you can order them in Japan, if you’d like! I’d really ike to say “leave it to me!” but I probably would have no idea what to buy! lol

  4. Kit! Sorry my name came out as obake 1 (my wordpress name) …confusion…This is Tulsa here, just in case you were wondering!
    I am obviously a Neil Gaiman fan and since I translate a Japanese website for NG fans….
    Glad to hear your supplier is stocked! Looking forward to seeing what you are working on!

  5. Hi Tulsa! I thought that was you…but wasn’t sure. These online identities can be confusing! We are Flickr contacts too so I recognized the icon that came along w/your comment! 🙂

  6. Kit, a warm EDM welcome to you. Looking forward to seeing your drawings. Your fabric art is wonderful.

  7. I am still finding this whole process fascinating and intend to spend some time exploring the John Marshall links tomorrow. I am starting a 6 week course with a textile artist too, so I hope to take some ideas with me and learn a whole heap of new ones. Good to catch up with you Kit.

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