Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sunflowers and Indigo ....

My friend Nat and I are soon to being a shibori dyeing workshop with Glennis Dolce (Shibori Girl)....in readiness we decided to have a dyeing day last Sunday.  Nat is a very proficient dyer...I am quite new to it, so it was lovely to have Nat teach me more about dyeing with colour (procion, rit etc.).  I have done a bit of eco dyeing using gumleaves,onion skins etc.  but LOVE indigo and especially shibori, so I'm very excited that our online workshop begins this week and I dont feel quite so intimidated after Nats help.!

 My fabrics all folded after their dye bath, rinse and dry.  I'm very happy with this little stash.

 My fabrics once dried....we used indigo and a leaf green.  We used cotton voile, calico, linen, silk, silk chiffon, silk noil...lots of different colour variations which I am looking forward to using in some of my Jude Hill style cloths.
 And now for the sunflower......  This is a WIP from my day at Megs.  At this point sketched in pencil with a touch of gouache.  I will add more gouache and some pen and ink.  I am enjoying sketching from nature and think I will do a little botanical journal.  My friend Coral and I have made some concertina style books using good quality watercolour paper for this next project.
And this little sketch I drew after visiting the Mirka Mora exhibition earlier this year .... I was inspired by the womens head dresses in a few of her sketches and I thought of the five girls in my art group all gathered around admiring Mirka's work....taking in every detail, discussing, enjoying being able to share the moment.

So......this week.  I am getting to the end of my online workshop with Jude Hill, will have some work to show soon and I begin my shibori workshop with Glennis.  Another full week!

"WE  CAN  LOVE  OURSELVES

THE WAY WE WISH TO BE LOVED"

Have a wonderful week!

Jacky  xox

21 comments:

Jenxo said...

oh Jacky there is nothing like handdyed cloths is there, it really adds another dimension to your work...love your sketches and the blue sunflower looks fabulous....
have wonderful creative week as im sure you will .....

grrl + dog said...

You are having a huge blue

moment, aren't you?

Glad to see Mirka still has a hold on you.

ArtPropelled said...

Allowing yourself to create art and learn with different mentors is certainly a wonderful way to love yourself, "the way we wish to be loved". The sketch of the art-girls at the exhibition makes me smile. Hope to see your Jude Hill inspired cloths soon.

Notjustnat said...

Jacky, the dyed fabric turned out great! I'm glad I could show you something. The sketch of Mirka Mora are fantastic. That something I can't do hehe - Hugs Nat

Marilyn Rock said...

All luscious and your sketch is so charming!

deanna7trees said...

your fabric dyeing turned out great. see you in a few days at glennis' place.

Catherine V. Bainbridge said...

Lucky you! You get to take Glennis' class. All of this looks amazing. But I have to say I especially like the sunflower sketch. Of course! :)
Hugs
Catherine

Storycloth said...

I like your comment about loving ourselves. Gilly

Hoola Tallulah said...

Wow, those hand dyed fabrics are just beautiful Jacky, I am itching to give this a try some time, will visit Shibori Girls website and have a read to see how it all works!
Your drawings are, as always, so inspiring, you are one creative lady!
Thank you for your sweet words and unending support, you are such a sweetheart <3

jennyflower said...

beautiful that blue is one of my 'soul' colours! I need to do some dying or my course- scares the life out of me. I love your quote for today- it has really given me something to think about. x

Herm said...

love the beautiful blue dyed fabrics, wish i lived close to you and Nat!

Robin Olsen said...

A lovely blue post! I'm eager to see what you do with all these fabric goodies that are in the making.

Philippa said...

Hey Jacky

That indigo dying is just fabulous! Well done. I have always steered away from dying for fear that I would make nothing but brown mush or that I would get so into it that I could never sew anything again. Mind you I'm not exactly sewing at the moment - so perhaps I have nothing to fear!

Looking forward to seeing what you have been making under the tutelage of Jude. Take care and happy creating. Philippa

jude said...

i started an indigo vat!

Nic Hohn said...

your blues are so intoxicatingly delicious Jacky... as is shibori!
xoxox

Elizabeth said...

I love your indigo shibori!!! I so want to do some indigo dyeing!! I love love your Sunflower sketch- anxious to see it evolve!!!

Gaye Todd said...

Love your dyed fabrics, they look sensational! xo

joe said...

your blues are beautiful jacky! i was hoping to take that shibori class, but work got in the way and was unable to sign up in time. i hope you both have a terrific time!!

Emma said...

These are just stunning, wish I could have come along! I'm glad I didn't completely miss this post as it went further & further down the blog roll list - I don't tend to use the dashboard thingy. I'd be proud of those cloths, too. I'm slowly collecting fabric together but I'm never sure qute what I'm getting from a charity shop. I might have to actually buy some, not alot of white silk noil about!

By the Bluegrass said...

Oooh, I'm crazy about those indigo fabrics! Very nice.
xo,
Sena

helen said...

Thank you for visiting my blog...and 'hellooo'. I love love love your blues, and your drawings are great.