Summer Studio

For the past few years, I've packed up a carload of screens, inks, fabrics, and all sorts of ideas, and headed North. I'm fortunate to live in a place with four distinct seasons, and I want to pack all the outdoors I can into the 3 months of summer.

My summer studio is one stall of our garage and I can open the door wide, and feel as though I'm outside while working. And much of the time I am outside! I run over to the hose to get water, dry the cloth on the trees, and allow the bugs to keep me company in the studio (ticks excepted).

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5 best natural dye books

Last month I wrote about the 5 best natural dyes that were identified at the 10ISS conference in Oaxaca. Here's the five best natural dye books that address the chemistry, sustainability, and beauty of plant and insect dyes, suggested at a panel discussion of experienced dyers:

1. Jim Liles, the Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing, Traditional Recipes for Modern Use.

2. Jenny Dean, Wild Color.

3. Jo Kirby, Natural Dyes

4. Diane Epp, The Chemistry of Natural Dyes.

5. Dominique Cardon, Natural Dyes

*Note that this list does not include any references to Eco-printing, a technique that infuses materials with pigments from plant materials. The above list refers to natural dyes that are used for coloring yarns and yardage.

In addition, I'd like to add here some other resources for anyone interested in natural dyes:

1. Catharine Ellis' blog. She is our guru of North American natural dyes. Catharine teaches and travels internationally in order to gather as much information as she can, and is eager to share.

2. Michel Garcia'sworkshops and instructional videos

3. Turkey Red Journal