Sunday, August 13, 2017

Scarves - shibori, indigo and eco printed



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Similar but uniquely different - that's what these several OOAK scarves are about.  I dyed them in indigo using various shibori techniques.  After that, I eco printed them mainly using local eucalyptus which I foraged along with smoke bush which someone gave me.  I love the smoke bush because it adds little black lines and squiggles.



 Add soda ash and thiox to the warm indigo vat.  The PH should be about 10-11.

Here's an example of one of my shibori bundles ready for the indigo pot


Here are the scarves after they were shibori dyed in indigo but before they were eco-printed.  Hard decision to just leave them as is or proceed. 


I let the indigo pieces dry in the sun for several hours.  Then I dipped them in an iron/water solution for 10 seconds, placed the plant material on the scarves, wrapped each scarf in its own rusty iron pipe and tightly wrapped the pipes.

In to the roaster the pipes went to steam for 2.5 hours, turning them every half hour or so and wetting them with a vinegar/water solution.



And the biggest thrill of all is unwrapping the pipes to see what you got!  Like Christmas morning all over again!!!



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