I've been self-quarantined since the beginning of March, which has given me lots of time to do fabric work. My focus has been plant-dyeing cotton fabric to use in making quilted wall hangings.
Here are some of the dyed fabrics:
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How do I get these colors? It's a three part process:
1. I scour the cotton even if it's new. That means I remove anything that will prevent the dye from attaching to the fabric.
2. The dye needs a go-between so it will attach to the fabric, otherwise known as a mordant. The mordant (a tannin bath followed by an alum bath) is absorbed into the fabric. The dye attaches to the mordant.
3. I dye the fabric.
I dye in my basement laundry room:
And here's my sewing room/studio, also in the basement of my home:
I've screen printed some of the fabrics, using thermofax screens. Each piece has been printed multiple times.
The first two are my take on the Corona Virus itself, floating through the air.
More screen printed fabrics:
I've made two quilt tops from the fabrics so far. I'm still thinking about them:
Every textile artist is left with scraps, I've rummaged through my scrap bag to make these four quilts:
The quilt on the right is titled, "We're All One Family" and it's currently part of a "Colors of Pride" exhibition at the Eccles Community Art Center in Ogden, Utah.
And finally, face masks. 70 so far for family, friends and the local hospital. Here I am, no haircut for the last four months, wearing a mask from fabric I marbelized: