Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Dyeing Paper

Several weeks ago (where have the weeks gone)  I did a natural dyeing of paper, bookmaking and Shifu workshop with Velma Bolyard at Beautiful Silks.  There were 7 of us in the class.
First we wrote/drew on Lokta paper for the Shifu.


Then we drew maps on the Lokta.

Next we used the  Arches text wove paper  and stitched silk or organza on it and scribbled with a graphite pencil.  It was then folded with various leaves, flowers etc and secured with string and large paper clips before putting them into the dye pot.  Here they are being fished out.

Next we unfolded them carefully as paper is liable to tear.

Next the various papers, silk and dyed fabric were made into registers - 

to be sewn together to make a book.


Mary said...

It looks amazing. What is Arches text wove paper? I really liked the map drawing idea, I have seen a book of using maps to make art quilts and they look great. It is an interesting way to reflect on you location, life, etc. Thanks for sharing.

Glennis said...

Hi Mary
Arches text wove paper is a heavy gauge(?) paper that I bought from Neals art store in Greeves St. Fitzroy. It is a treasure trove of art stuff; a place to be avoided with a credit card. The map is supposed to be a fold out in book.