Saturday, May 28, 2011

In Pursuit of Complex Cloth:
Dyeing Approaches Workshop
Victorian Feltmakers Inc.

Tutor: Marie-Therese Wisniowski

Preamble
This blogspot exhibits many of my students outputs from a variety of workshops. There are one, two and five day workshops as well as workshops that have a different focus. Nevertheless, it always surprises me how much I learn from my students and how enthusiastic they are to learn and so for your convenience, I have listed the workshop posts below.

The University of Newcastle Multi-Media Course
The University of Newcastle (Newcastle and Ourimbah Campuses, NSW, Australia) 2008 to 2010.

One and Two Day Disperse Dye Workshops
Various Textile Groups (Australia) 2008 - 2011.

Five Day Workshop - In Pursuit of Complex Cloth
“Wrapt in Rocky” Textile Fibre Forum Conference (Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia) 29th June to 5th July 2008.

Five Day Workshop – In Pursuit of Complex Cloth
Orange Textile Fiber Forum (Orange, NSW, Australia) 19th to 25th April 2009.

5 Day Workshop – In Pursuit of Complex Cloth
Geelong Fiber Forum (Geelong, Victoria, Australia) 27th September to 3rd October 2009.

Two Day Workshop - Deconstructed and Polychromatic Screen Printing
Beautiful Silks (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) 20th to 21st March 2010.

Five Day Workshop – Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
“Wrapt in Rocky” Biennial Textile Forum/Conference Program (Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia) 25th June to 1st July 2010.

Two Day Workshop – In Pursuit of Complex Cloth
ATASDA (Sydney, NSW, Australia) 28th to 29th August 2010.

Two Day Workshop – In Pursuit of Complex Cloth (Day One)
”Stitching and Beyond” Textile Group (Woodbridge, Tasmania, Australia) 2nd to 3rd October 2010.

Two Day Workshop – In Pursuit of Complex Cloth (Day Two)
”Stitching and Beyond” Textile Group (Woodbridge, Tasmania, Australia) 2nd to 3rd October 2010.

Advance Silk Screen Printing
Redcliffe City Art Gallery Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia) 10th April 2011.

One Day Workshop - In Pursuit of Complex Cloth (Felted and Silk Fibers)
Victorian Feltmakers Inc (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) 15th May 2011.

Five Day Workshop – Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
SDA (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) 13th to 17th June 2011.

Five Day Disperse Dye Master Class – Barbara Scott
Art Quill Studio (Arcadia Vale, NSW, Australia) 15th to 19th August 2011.

Five Day Workshop – Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
Fiber Arts Australia (Sydney, NSW, Australia) 26th September to 1st October 2011.

One Day Workshop – Improvisational Screen Printing
Newcastle Printmakers Workshop Inc. (Newcastle, NSW, Australia) 5th November 2011.

One Day Workshops – Low Relief Screen Printing
Various classes within Australia.

Two Day Workshop – Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
ATASDA (Sydney, NSW, Australia) 23rd to 24th June 2012.

MSDS Demonstration at Zijdelings
(Tilburg, The Netherlands) October, 2012.

Five Day Workshop - Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
Fibre Arts@Ballarat (Ballarat, Victoria, Australia) 6th to 12th April 2013.

Two Day Workshop - Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
EFTAG (Tuross Head, NSW, Australia) 13th to 14th April 2013.

Two Day Workshop - Disperse Dye and Transfer Printing
Zijdelings Studio (Tilburg, The Netherlands) 9th to 10th October 2014.

PCA - Celebrating 50 Years in 2016
Art Quill Studio 2016 Workshop Program.

Image Dreamings: Basic Silk Screen Printing Workshop - Part I
2016 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).

Image Dreamings: Basic Silk Screen Printing Workshop - Part II
2016 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).

In Pursuit of: Improvisational Screen Printing Workshop
2016 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).

In Pursuit of: Low Relief Screen Printing (LRSP) Workshop
2016 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).

Art Quill Studio 2017 Workshop Program
2017 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).

In Pursuit of: Low Relief Screen Printing (LRSP)
2017 Art Quill Studio Workshop Program (Newcastle, Australia).


Introduction To “Complex Cloth” Dyeing Information
The first step in creating the deep and luscious surfaces that pre-empts the “complex cloth” surface design techniques of discharge (color removal), printing, painting and foiling, and retains the integrity of the “hand” of the fabric, is the initial phase of dyeing the cloth. Rich layers of multiple dyed color and patterning contribute to the underlying depth, richness and background design features of the finished piece.

This results in each piece being a unique and a one-of-a-kind dyed cloth, which can be further enhanced using “complex cloth” printing techniques or can be used in felted, quilted, painted or stitched works.


One Day Workshop Synopsis
The workshop was organized by workshop coordinator Narelle Higgins from the Victorian Feltmakers Inc. It was held at the Hartwell Church Hall, Hartwell on the 14th May 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. Workshop attendees were: Bronwyn Bell, Heather Hillman, Marg Hogan, Judith Latham, June Paterson, Gabrielle Pellissier and Christine Smith.

This one day “complex cloth” dyeing workshop was dedicated to exploring and mastering low water immersion dyeing, tray dyeing and special effects dyeing using fiber reactive MX dyes. Using a variety of techniques, which included unbound and bound fabrics, participants were introduced to the underlying principles of MX fiber reactive dye chemistry, color theory and color mixing. Participants worked on samples using a variety of fibers so that dye color comparisons using the different fibers could be made.

Future Workshops:  Surface Design Association's Confluence Conference, Minneapolis, USA, June 2011; Cloth Arts @ St. Joseph’s, Hunters Hill, Sydney, Sept-Oct 2011.

Group photograph at the Hartwell Church Hall, Hartwell.
From left to right: June Paterson, Judith Latham, Marg Hogan, Heather Hillman, Bronwyn Bell, Christine Smith and Gabrielle Pellissier.

Tray dyed fabrics sitting in soda ash solution.

Heather Hillman (a). Various low water immersion and tray dyed silks.

Heather Hillman (b). Various low water immersion, special effects and tray dyed silks.

Heather Hillman (c). Various low water immersion, special effects and tray dyed silks.

June Paterson (a). Various special effects dyed silks.

June Paterson (b). Special effects dyed silk.

June Paterson (c). Various special effects and tray dyed silks.

Judith Latham (a). Various low water immersion, special effects and tray dyed silks and cottons.

Judith Latham (b). Various special effects dyed silks.

Judith Latham (c). Various special effects and tray dyed silks.

Marg Hogan (a). Various special effects and tray dyed silks.

Marg Hogan (b). Detail of various special effects dyed silks.

Marg Hogan (c). Various low water immersion, special effects and tray dyed silks and cottons.

Gabrielle Pellissier (a). Special effects dyed silk.

Gabrielle Pellissier (b). Tray dyed cotton.

Gabrielle Pellissier (c). Special effects dyed silk.

Christine Smith (a). Various low water immersion, special effects and tray dyed silks and cottons.

Christine Smith (b). Various low water immersion, special effects and tray dyed silks and cottons.

Christine Smith (c). Low water immersion and special effects dyed silk and cotton.

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