Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tarble Arts Center Textile Art Workshop

Winsor Jr - Sr High School Loft
The core group project was textile arts, focusing on batik, fabric painting, and quilt making, incorporating individual works. The course was offered to school-aged children in grades 6-12 and adult community members, allowing for intergenerational exchanges and providing meaningful interaction with the artist for a variety of populations.

 Indigo Fabric folding
Before oxidation

 Cobalt Blue and Bees Wax Batik
set-up materials and equipment

Often referred to as plangi, tie-dyeing is a method of decorating cloth by isolating areas so that they resist the dye. Instead of coating sections of the fabric with a “resist” substance, such as wax, in order to isolate them, areas are bound with thread so that when the fabric is immersed in the dyebath the tightness of the yarn acts as a barrier to the dye and prevents it from penetrating to the tied areas. Other methods of tie-dyeing include folding, sewing or binding small objects such as seeds, pebbles or dried peas into the cloth.

 Tie-dyeing is practiced in many countries of the world, although the best examples can be found in India, Africa and Japan. The reason why the art of dyeing, and especially tie-dyeing, originated in countries with hot climates is because those are the areas where the best dye-plants can be found. For example, in Africa there is an abundance of wild plants which contain the colouring indigo, the traditional hue used in West African tie-tye. Another reason why dyeing is a native craft in hot regions is because the cloth can be easily laid out to dry in the sun once dyeing is complete

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