Sketchbook and recorded recipes from foraged flower tops found in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Swatches of silk and cotton were dyed with pre-mordanted alum and iron.
Examples of various tones created using handmade, natural dyes foraged from plants found throughout London, Ontario, Canada.
sketchbook, recorded recipes using madder from two different suppliers
The process of making handmade dyes from various natural ingredients is a labour of love. It takes hours to foraging the plants, fungi, and lichens; and an entire year of fermenting, boiling and simmering the dye bath to create each colour.
Dyes are available for purchase, and can be used for various surface techniques including, textiles, calligraphy, painting, and sketching.
Bottles are available in:
2oz for $15
4oz for $25
Beginning of the dyeing process.
Interested in learning more? Attend a workshop teaching various dyeing, sewing, and foraging techniques.
The textile can be prepared in many ways before the dye is administered. An ancient Japenese dyeing technique called Shibori is showcased here, where one wraps, folds, and binds the textile to create one-of-a-kind patterns and textures.
Emerging the material in the dye bath for different durations determines the intensity of the colour. Different natural fibres - such as silk, cotton or bamboo - also take on different levels of colour. A traditional Indian dye bath of indigo is shown here.
The final step of the dyeing process involves unravelling and rinsing the fabric. Here we have an example of an indigo dye bath with patterns created by the Shibori technique.
The final products ready for wear.