Major doodle

Continuing the minnows and mussels design from the previous post, I created a half-drop repeat from my favorite variation (item C). This means the 2 units on the right side are offset on the vertical dimension by 50%. I doodled with my black marker to define the positive and negative parts of the basic unit. Next, to see how the shapes play out on a larger field before fixing the details, I arranged a series of 4-unit half-drop repeat blocks in a new image. At scale, the pattern below would cover a piece of fabric 24″ wide by 36″ long, requiring me to paste (print) my stencil 6 times. The black areas will become the colors I choose. The white areas represent the ground of the fabric — they will be protected by the rice paste resist during the dyeing process.

The shapes, lights and darks have a pleasing flow, so I’ll continue to refine this design. The vertical and horizontal lines that are so apparent now will disappear when I fix the areas where the forms are cut off by edges.

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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.

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