Saturday, 22 February 2014

tickled pink


what a result! the coin-clamped cotton from the avocado/onion peel dye, no mordant - if I remember well it was in there since wednesday


another so-called 'itajime' or clamp resist from the same dye bath, but steeped for only 12 hours, resulting in a very delicate mother-of-pearl pink; the flowery clusters are from the first black-bean-dye last summer


 the bound fabric from the walnut dye: on the left a hint of pink/violet, browns of course and very subtle greens from the tulip leaves


gathered together



yet another block into the avocado/onion peel dye, the folded fabric square is too large for the wooden boards and the wrapped string will add markings to the end result



I love these colours, their modest natural presence





6 comments:

Nancy said...

There is something so magical about your work. In particular today, I am touched by how your dye work so closely resembles your softly colored world. Beautiful. And to see them all hanging out together, somehow expands the magic!

Julie S said...

Is this a canal that runs along side your house? Where does it go?

jan said...

You're getting such fabulous results from the dyeing! Love the overlays of colours coming through. The Netherlands have a landscape of sea and sky, don't they? Reflections and mirroring.

Debbie said...

What fantastic results love the pinks and Nancy is so right about the tones of the land picked up in your colours.

Valerianna said...

Restful colors.... I'm just catching up with your blog. Love the doll house. I had a bookcase house for my small bears when I was a child. I had root systems from the cedars that grew near the house, up on end they made great, magical trees.

saskia said...

Nancy, magic? yes the dyeing process does seem like magic to me, part of the fun; however the more I learn the more I will be able to direct the magic...that at least is the plan; I too love how the natural dyes echo the landscape, as I so love walking in the open spaces and try capturing some of it's beauty

hi Julie, well this canal, which we would call a 'vliet' (we have many names for so-called canals, mainly to do with width/depth etc) runs through the woods nearby, all these differing canals are connected and regulate the waterlevels, so they lead nowhere or everywhere; we don't have a canal running directly along our house, there is a shallow ditch on the southern end of the garden and on the other side of the street a proper 'sloot' = kind of a ditch that always has water running through; the northern end of the garden runs up into a dike, which is also a road, on the other side of the dike we have so-called 'uiterwaarden'= river forelands(?) and then a river; we live in a patchwork of plots of land with watery seams - which sums up a lovely image of where we live, I think (feel something happening in the brain now......must become visual in a cloth story)

right there Jan: very flat, so we enjoy huge skies and flat surfaces, with the occasional dike-bumps, all echoing each other, spectacular in a modest way; the avocado/onion peel pinks turned out quite well in this piece, I think the metal coins and clamps played are large part in the succesful outcome

I agree Debbie: beautiful pinks, and I am a not a pink fan!!

hello Valerianna: oh those memories of doll houses.....more and more is resurfacing; what a great use of cedar roots;-) I will keep this in mind on my walks