Gasali Adeyemo taught a Yoruba Adire workshop May 15 – 17 at The Recycled Lamb (www.recycledlamb.com). Yoruba adire are indigo resist dyed cotton fabrics using techniques of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. We focused on two different resist approaches: batik (wax resist) and tie dye.
We used paraffin and pieces of foam cut in the shape of a wide pencil to apply the wax resist. Because the paraffin is stiff, it can crack during the process and leave beautiful fine indigo veins in resist areas. Paraffin is very temperature sensitive and must be kept between 200 and 220°F. Too hot, the wax runs everywhere. Too cool and the wax coats the fabric surface but doesn’t penetrate (indigo wicks up from the back and defeats the resist).
For tie dye, we used a variety of different resist materials: raffia, plastic packing string, dental floss and rug warp string. Raffia must be moist when wrapping. As it dries, it becomes brittle and breaks easily. Plastic packing string from an Oriental market worked really well. It was able to be pulled and stretched without breaking so the tie dye had beautiful resist areas. Waxed dental floss was good for stitching but had mixed results depending on whether the floss was easy glide or not. Easy glide floss slipped in the fabric making it difficult to pull tight. Rug warp string did well in most cases but had a tendency to break if pulled too much.
Indigo dyeing was amazing. Gasali brought Nigerian indigo balls made with indigo leaves and wood ash which he used for the dye pot. After dyeing and drying, the batik fabric was soaked in very hot water and powdered detergent to remove the wax. The resist materials for the tie dyed fabric were not removed until after the fabric was completely dried. Gasali does a final rinse with either a salt or vinegar solution to set the dye. One item to note, the type of cotton fabric made a difference. High thread count PFD fabric dyed better than other cottons. The resultant color was a richer deeper indigo.
The workshop was incredible and I would highly recommend it. I now have several new pieces of fabric for my next project!
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If anyone would like to share about themselves and their art, please send me photographs (you and a representative piece of your work) and a brief description of one of your surface design techniques. This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other better.
Giant new and used craft book sale covering knitting, quilting, crochet, weaving, spinning, beading and more. Sale includes a liquidation sale of the Interweave library, a collection compiled over more than 30 years. Sale will take place at:
Historic First National Bank Building
Former home of Interweave Press
201 E. 4th Street
All proceeds will be donated to help support indigenous textile artisans and their families. For more information, please contact Karen Brock 970-391-9711.
Fiber Celebration 2015: Tointon Gallery, Union Colony Civic Center, 651 10th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631. Opening May 1, 5:30-8:00p. Show Dates: May 1 – June 6, 2015. This an annual show sponsored by Northern Colorado Weavers Guild and moves around to different art centers each year. The show includes all types of fiber art. Shelly DeChantal has two pieces in this show: a hand embroidered marbled fabric wallpiece and a handmade paper sculpture.
32nd Annual All Colorado Art Show: sponsored by the Curtis Arts & Humanities Center, 2349 E. Orchard Rd., Greenwood Village, CO 80121. You can check out more information on their website: www.greenwoodvillage.com or call them at (303) 797-1779. Google: Curtis Art and Humanities Center to locate prospectus. Entries are due June 1. Juror: Sally Perisho
Gay Lasher is our featured artist this month. Thank you for sharing with us, Gay! See more of Gay’s work at: www.gayelasher.com.
I do all of my “surface design” on the computer. I like working that way because of the surprising effects I can get altering my own photographs with Adobe Photoshop and also because I can move elements around and manipulate or change the colors. My compositions are printed out on paper-backed cotton sheeting as 16” wide panels (on a 17” wide Epson 3800 printer) and then sewn together to get the final size for my quilt top. I stitch primarily with black thread to further heighten the saturated colors. Occasionally I use monofilament thread in light areas where I want stitch but not additional color.
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Our new member, Billie Geist, hosts Sunday afternoon events for local fiber artists at the Denver Art Museum. It is a casual, bring a project to work on and socialize activity. The event is always by invitation/RSVP due to space limitations. If anyone is interested in being added to the weekly invitation/RSVP list, please send your name and email address to Billie at Rowena_80233@yahoo.com.
Marie Risbeck was the focus in the Designer Profile of Spring 2015 Interweave Crochet. She does wire crochet jewelry and sculptures. Her current focus has been on floral representations. Marie engages in making art every day, no matter where she is. She finds inspiration in the world around her, as well as in books and magazines. Find out more in the latest Interweave Crochet! Congratulations, Marie!
Gay E. Lasher will be showing work from her Transformations and Playing In Traffic series at National Center For Atmospheric Research March 30-May 30th, 2015. The opening reception is April 3 from 6-8PM. Gay’s work uses computer altered photographic elements from digital photographs to create abstract compositions of deeply saturated colors. Her work is inkjet printed on cotton and stitched.
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