Sunday, November 30, 2014

Finishing out the year

My show season ended last weekend with the Mountain Campus Holiday Show,
 and I am busy working to finish up some custom orders:
This is a variation on my Autumn Leaves batik, but the buyer wanted greens instead of the traditional autumn colors.  I think I will need to make more of these!
This is an experiment I did on a Habotai silk scarf with an allover leaf pattern.  I won't go into all the complexities of the process I used, but it is the first batik I have successfully achieved on silk.
Next on my list is an order to dye 20 shirts for a local artist who will be screen printing an original design on them, then selling to a shop in nearby Williams... can't wait to see how they turn out!  
And I am hoping to sell some of my work to Flagstaff General Store, a new store that opened on Friday. 
I have lots of half-formed ideas stewing in my brain that I hope to hatch in the coming months... another winter of tinkering, imagining, experimenting... I love these months between shows when I get to play!  Then before I know it, another season will start and I'll be off and running again.  I hope to do a little better job of posting here... lately it has just been too hectic to even think!  So bear with me as I take a breath, stare off into space for a few moments, then get back on track!


Jeanne Aird said...

Beautiful green leaf t-shirt and lovely scarf. Do you do traditional batik with beeswax or soy wax?

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Thanks, Jeanne. I use soy wax. Years ago, I tried traditional waxes and hated the results... of course, it was my first attempt, but once I tried soy wax, I was hooked. It does present challenges when working on silk, but my solution on the scarf shown was to "overdye" using dye-na-flow instead of another layer of Procion MX dyes. I heat set the dye-na-flow and removed most of the wax with my iron and newspaper the way you would with traditional wax, then washed in hot water to remove any wax residue. Using dye-na-flow resolved an issue I had before with not being able to do multiple dye baths... silk is limited as to how much dye it can bond with, probably because it is such a tight weave.

Sherrie Spangler said...

That's a GORGEOUS scarf! Have fun with you free time.

Beth said...

Busy woman!! So glad your last show was a success and although the season is over, your work is not!! Wonderful!!!!