Sunday, November 15, 2015

Begin again

The next theme for High Fiber Diet is "green", which can be interpreted as we wish, however, it must be made using a certain percentage of recycled materials. For me nothing could be more "green" than my stash of recycled shirt fabrics. Even though I took a break from using the shirt fabrics, they re still exciting to me, so it seems like a good time to get back to them.

First I needed an idea and a sketch. I had a photo I took in Quito two years ago that really appealed to me, but would be a challenge to simplify in a way that could yield an interesting composition. This is where I love sketching on my iPad, which does not lend itself to fussy, detailed design, so it forces me to pare down the detail to a more essential form. Then, playing with color on the iPad is when it gets really fun.

 

I needed some purples, so I did a little over dyeing of blue fabrics to get some nice, rich purples.

 

What I love about over dyeing is that one dye bath will produce varied results, depending on the starting color of what you put in it.

I'm making a pile of fabrics that I think will work.

This might be my favorite part of the whole process...

 

4 comments:

  1. I agree. Nothing says recycled quite like your stash of shirt fabric. I love your sketch and can hardly wait to see where this goes.

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  2. Your colors are yummy gorgeous. Good start!!!!

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  3. Looks like fun....!

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  4. Actually, Terry, this is OUR favorite part of your process too! Love to see the preliminaries! Love the sketch,anxious to see the complete piece.

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