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By SUZANNE WILSON
Friday, November 6, 2009
Dorian scarves [now and Zen]
That’s right folks .. there I am dumpster diving!! I have been experimenting with dyeing with rusty objects. It is sooo cool. You find a bunch of stuff that will rust and lay it on your silk, add a little vinegar and voila … beautious fabric. The reaction time is as little as 24 hours. I didn’t think this up myself. I had heard of it from reading about nuno felting with Polly Stirling. This process was used at one of her retreats. I can really see myself doing workshops on dyeing with found rusty objects. Stayed tuned for a workshop near you.
So anyway, I did a few tests to find out what I liked and didn’t like and then did a body of work that reflects what I came up with. Still not sure what these fine silks will become. Something flowy and layered no doubt.
Doing this has triggered a whole theme of dyeing silk with objects from the Mill River in Haydeville, MA. A dam broke up stream and washed away a brass foundry in 1874. I spent the better part of a day last summer collecting items from the river that are obviously from the ruins. But that’s a whole other blog post!
One of the most exciting thing to happen to me this year was having my work featured in Preview Massachusetts, a local magazine put out by the Valley Advocate. Every month they showcase local retail talent in the “window shopping” section and my work appeared in the October issue. The hand painted shibori dyed poncho and nuno felted string scarf are but two of the many items that emerged from the now & ZEN studio at eastworks this past year. It is in part due to the retail exposure there that has really helped my work take off. AND don’t forget to visit Snow Farm during the next 3 weekends in November to see my fiber art in person!
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