Today I was doing a bit of indigo dyeing on scarves.
If I've eco printed a scarf and it looks like 'meh' then I over dye with indigo. Or if I've got an indigo vat going, I'll dye scarves first, then eco print later. In either case, all will have been eco printed at some point. The finished scarves will be sold at Susie Frazier's shop in Cleveland.
While I had the indigo vat going, thought I'd try some of the leaves I've stitched onto using a silk/cotton thread.
Then I dipped a preserved leaf in indigo. Not much happened. The leaf had been preserved in a mix of glycerin and water for a few days which may be why not much happened. See my post here about leaf preservation.
The leaf with the wool cross sewn onto it worked beautifully.
I few weeks ago, I dipped my hand made paper in a fresh indigo vat during Velma 's workshop in Cleveland. Jennfier has a photo of paper dipped in indigo. Then, last week I saw a video called MAKE featuring Atlanta indigo artist, Lynn Pollard. She was a weaver, and now dyes paper. She's got a beautiful way of dipping paper in the indigo vat and has spent hundreds of hours to learn how to work with indigo and paper.
I mean, REALLY, gosh, Lynn has got it going on. This is one of her works entitled Indigo 152, 2013.
She says it's her way of making poetry. Giving Lynn full credit for this inspired way of dipping. I tried my hand at it while the vat was almost expired.
Compared to Lynn, my samples look like the amateur experiment they are.
These three look like I dipped it as a full sheet, then cut them, but I didn't.
I used 300 lb watercolor paper. It's expensive and I wouldn't have it but for my husband who hands me off-cuts from his larger sheets.
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