Saturday, December 29, 2012
Indigo on Linen. Perfection
There has been too many mediocre pieces of cloth going into the indigo vats. It is time to start policing as it seems students cannot police themselves. Grrrr. It is depressing to see mass-produced machine woven boring junk soaking up precious indigo. It is better to dye a small scrap of good stuff than ten meters of stuff that will be much closer to the garbage bin a year down the road.
What is good stuff?
This linen came from an old noren curtain with an obnoxiously simplified rabbit-in-the-waves motif dyed with chemical red from the 60's. It was hidden in a drawer in the new knit studio. Boiling it in some bleach with some slaked lime pretty much erased the rabbit. This stitching to create accordion folds is a useful shibori technique to master and expand on. It built on Serge's last piece's technique.
Here he is proud of his most recent masterpiece. Serge also wants to become an indigo master. I am thinking of taking him on for a few years. From indigo seed to a perfectly crafted work.
Kamei san was busy finishing up year end projects. She Persian knot wove/tied this small carpet to use as a pillow on the loom bench. It is so plush. Warp is camel and weft is naturally coloured wool.
There is plenty of warp left and she wove up a cool small leg warmer blanket.
She also spent a long time laboriously shibori stitching and tying round motifs on this Indian hand woven cotton material. Wonderful that she finished these up as the year comes to a close. I am sure she will have some beautiful projects finished in 2013 as well. Good work Kamei chan!