Posts Tagged ‘natural dyes’

Indigo, Girls!

9 November, 2011

The first year students are exposed to the wonders (and aromas) of indigo dye vats!

Field trip to Wendy Van Riesen’s studio

5 November, 2011

Second year students had the opportunity to visit Wendy Van Riesen, a Capilano University Textile Art alumna and owner of Dahlia Drive.  Wendy’s collection is absolutely amazing and her creative energy is infectious! Here are just a few shots of transfer techniques Wendy uses with rusted iron gates! Be sure to check out Wendy’s website at http://www.dahliadrive.com/

 

Random Fact Oct. 15

16 October, 2011

Butternut leaves collected in the Fall will dye wool, cotton and linen to a strong red-brown without a mordant. Our recent experiment was done on yarn.

Tulip tree leaves, collected after they fall from the tree, were a favourite Medieval dye on wool yarn for flesh tone beiges in tapestries. Tulip tree leaves can be also be used without a mordant.

Weaving Studio

6 October, 2011

Here’s a peek inside the Weaving studio at Capilano University.

Students are hard at work creating a database of samples of several different types of weaving: shibori, ikat, collapse weave, double weave, and working with non-traditional materials.

As well as traditional weaving techniques, they’re using some of their precision dye knowledge and exploring some hand-painting and dyeing techniques.

Precision dyeing, precisely.

6 October, 2011

Here is a look at the world of Precision Dyeing at Capilano University.

Students dye a variety of fibres with natural dyes, like Buckthorn, Cochineal, Logwood and Madder in order to create a catalogue of samples for reference.

It takes patience and skill and a certain je ne sais quoi to become a good dyer and you can see it in every one of the faces pictured here!