I have been involved with some form of art or craft for most of my life. I employ numerous forms of printmaking, a medium which has held my interest now for about 15 years. Currently, I paint, print and dye primarily on textiles and often combine it with one of my old loves, photography, to create my art.
A few summer silks – a refreshing change from cotton!
And some wool gauze scrarves.
Next year’s cottons drying after a second soymilk soak.
Only 2 soaks this time. Then, I can decide what I want for the final mordant. Perhaps a third soy mordant for some of it, although I’m not sure I see a big difference between 2 and 3 soaks. It could be added calcium carbonnate to a final alum soak; never know till I get there!
I finally finished cleaning up and putting my outdoor studio to bed for the season yesterday. The main working table has a clean piece of cotton and a fresh plastic top stapled on and a new tablecloth covers that. One table was moved to make room for an outdoor Plastic “shed” that previoyusly held my gardening tools but mostly had a lot of junk in it. It’s now filled to protect powdered dyes, mordants, silk screens and various tools. Most of my pots and pans are in black plastic bags on a shelving unit that I brought inside as well. I left a couple large pots out so that I can make up a couple batches of tannins today with 2 good weather days forecast. I’ll keep them in jars in the fridge, ready for next year. I also have to make up a fresh pot of alum, then a batch of soymilk to mordant a bolt of fabric that will cure over the winter.
This week, I washed out the last of my cotton prints that were curing. Here’s the last batch of rusted prints: