Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dye table family


Dye table family
Originally uploaded by colormuse

Just a quick post before the day takes me away. Silks pinned to padded table top in the morning light, waiting to be unpinned and stored away for the steaming. The table top has picked up a lot of dye from previous dyed silks so there is much transference of color. I use an algae thickener to block some of transference and dye run. Experimentation and learning forever. All the red is pick up from undercloth. Always exciting to see the silks after steaming, wash out, and ironing when they show their true colors.

5 comments:

Altoon Sultan said...

Gorgeous pieces, so dynamic!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I'm baffled by this view...not sure what I'm seeing...are these shapes remaining from other dye attempts? Your recent paintings in the sidebar have similar and beautiful shapes!

Maggie Neale said...

Thanks Altoon, yes, pieces need to get more dynamic and with contrast as the table darkens with dye: otherwise too dark and "muddy".

Maggie Neale said...

Hi Mary Ann, there are 5 scarf blanks pinned to 4x8 table top. What you are seeing are the actual scarves, but change will happen as they are steamed, washed out, and dried. Some of the darkness picked up will lighten, but the shapes are purposeful and yes, my paintings and the silks mimic each other.

Jeane said...

beautiful Maggie! I better start saving my money!