theresa mARTin

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More Dyeing in the summertime

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I use the book Color by Accident as a guide for dyeing in mason jars in the summer time. I was introduced to this by Judy Gula at Artistic Artifacts who regularly has Dye Days at her place.  I prefer to dye at her warehouse (big space!) but sometimes I dye at home on my own. Taking advantage of the heat we’re having, which helps set the color, I have dyed some fabrics and tea bag papers. Like the name of the book implies, the results one gets are not repeatable because it doesn’t require a scientific, exact approach. It’s just right for me, and I always get results that are varied and pretty. Different textures and fabric types make for some neat surprises.

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The photos give you an idea but this piece needs to be seen in person.  Please come to my show at the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery in Rockville, MD, Opening November 6th, 2016.

The felted background is made from Tibetan Yak Roving which is incredibly soft.  The girl’s image was transferred onto a light green felt. The beads are Gold Delica and Christmas beads. Added to the felt are ribbons plus some of my hand dyed organza silk and cottons.  The piece is approximately 10″ x 15″; it widens towards the bottom.

Please come to my show at the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery in Rockville, MD, Opening November 6th, 2016 to see this piece and others in person. Follow this blog for more details and photos as the time approaches.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers…or just pretty pods

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These are not quite the pods from the old movie, but they do remind me of pods or leaves. They are made from roving which I turn into felt, then shape and embroider.  They are about 4 inches wide and range in length from 7 – 9 inches long. theresamARTinPod4

 

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Dye Day at Artistic Artifacts

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A couple of times a year Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria VA holds a Dye Day Class. It’s 3 hours of fun. For a small fee for the class, Judy provides a great space to work, the dye and chemicals AND she mixes the dye for you.  I highly recommend it.  Her shop is special too, and she carries a wide selection of gorgeous wooden printing blocks that are also available online.  I’m not affiliated with the shop in any way other than to be a big fan of Judy and Sharon who run the place with heart.

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For now, the dyed fabric is percolating in the warm sun for a day or two. I’ll show you the results when it’s all done.

 

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