Journal

Winter Ink Making

Winter Ink Making

Ink making is a great introduction to natural color sources, there are so many possibilities! I've been gathering materials each week to create monthly color wheels, as a way of grounding myself in an art-making routine as well as keeping up a connection to the landscape through the cold months. I talk a bit about ink making in general, and give some recipes for iron-tannin inks.

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The Chintz-Inspired Shirt

The Chintz-Inspired Shirt

Chintz might evoke visions of your grandma's wallpaper, but this fabric has a fascinating history and was once, as most things were, dyed with plants! I endeavored to channel 17th century Indian chintz in this madder-dyed and pigment-painted dress shirt project.

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Mordant Exploration

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Mordant Exploration

Mordants are substances, usually metallic salts, used to fix natural dyes and are key in textile printing and painting with natural dyes. Most natural dyers work with mordants, but what exactly is a mordant? Where do they come from? Are there alternatives to industrially produced mordants? I've been asking all of these questions...

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Process

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