August 7, 2015

Hands-On Workshop

You can't beat a hands-on workshop! It wouldn't have taken me over five years to learn how to dye (Eco-dye) if I had taken one or two hands-on workshops from the experts. For some strange reason, I thrive on teaching myself and learning as I go. Trial and error teaches you where you go wrong and mistakes you make along the way. But it's not for everyone. It's sometimes good to jump in and take a hands-on workshop from an expert. You do appreciate what experts have to go through to get where they are and why they are experts. I don't call myself an expert by any means. Learning is life long. When you stop breathing is when you stop learning! 

Anyway, what I want to say in this post is, I ran another Eco-dye workshop a couple of weeks ago. It was very successful and I learned a lot from it, hehe! I got inspired by the workshop and I haven't stopped dyeing ever since! So here are photos of many hands in action I took on the day. Thanks to all workshop participants for a fun day. You ladies were very creative and inspiring!

Gentle hands revealing first bundle. I love this photo!

Dyed fabric strung up to add to the dyeing atmosphere 

First batch was ready to reveal. Can you see colour
seeping through? 

A great photo of such a simple process taken by Mary. 

Here are the sweet ladies in the workshop

Everyone of these ladies is on Instagram. Do look them up on IG and see what other creative stuff they are into! From left is Jenny koolungamama, Mary maryhandweaver, Vic vic_pemberton, Jacky jacky_wllms, Kay shocking_hocking and Mel msmtan 

Head down, ready steady go ladies!

Jacky unwrapping her bundle

Close inspection!

Wish you could hear the conversation that went on here!

Love the hands!

Too busy looking at the cloth to focus on the hands!

At least five hands here!

Purple carrot power! Can you see?

Almost can't wait to open it!

A great placement of leaves on this piece

Great colour combination!

This is the piece in the first photo

I got all inspired after the workshop. The next day and with all the dye stuff still on the table I bundled up using the leftover leaves from the workshop. Below are some great results I got from that day.

Eucalyptus leaves and seeds on Milky Merino Wool

Eucalyptus leaves and seeds on Milky Merino Wool

Beautiful texture made by eucalyptus seeds.

Double print from Eucalyptus leaves on cotton

So right and so red

This could be leopard prints! 

Another piece printed with Eucalyptus leaves and seeds

Sorry for a photo heavy post. There is so much I love sharing with you. I was happy that some lovely friends commented that my dye fabric has been colourful lately. I think it must be the winter leaves that I found all around my neighbourhood that have given me great colours!  

It has been cold and wet here these last two weeks. This coming weekend is the first weekend that we will have a bit of sunshine. Let's hope it happens! 

Until next time
Nat



8 comments:

Nat Palaskas said...

Sorry everyone. I've unlinked comment from Google+1 and I lost all the comments on this post.

neki desu said...

you make it seem so very easy.the outcome shows all the joy of the attendants.



the culprit speaking :(

MulticoloredPieces said...

Oh, Nat! The shibori creations on this post are fabulous...just mouth-watering. I found your thoughts on learning to be interesting--I'm of a similar mind. Part of the challenge is to figure it out yourself...although, I'm thinking that I would prefer a teacher for welding, for example. It's always a treat to stop by!

Best, nadia

Jillayne said...

I loved this - the fabric you dyed is stunning. I've just made my first foray into this, and as there is no opportunity to take a class, I'm figuring it out on my own. I had some good success with paper and am hopeful to try my hand at it again tomorrow - thanks for some wonderful inspiration!

baukje said...

I love the results, not only in this post but all the ecobundles on your blog.
I wonder how you succeed in getting such red prints with eucalyptus on different fabric. I am in France so too far away to come to you for a workshop. In the last post with the tutorial i found that you do not mordant the fabric but only use water with vinegar before starting the bundles. I tried the same i also have eucalyptus cinerea and nicholi and cooked the bundles in water ph4. But my prints are not as red as yours, on the cotton piece the are almost no prints at all. The best print is on a piece of wool/silk that i mordat with creme de tartre 6% and alun25% before and also used the water with vinegar.
I hope you could give me some tips......
Thanks in advance, Baukje

Jill Valenzuela said...

Where are you located? I am self taught and would love to take a workshop! Just wondering how you got the Eucalyptus to print so well on cotton? What did you use to do this?

Lay Hoon Chua said...

Such a cool one. I wish I can learn from you this.

Morgan said...

So how do I do this at home? :D

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