The pieces at right are some of my final ones. All used the rice paste resist to create pattern. Two show my attempt to copy Roland's gradiant techniques with one small circular resist.
This shows where we hung our pieces to dry after the final dip in the vat and an over-night soak to clean off unwanted plant material.
There is still much to do to render these useful.
|Roland, Alysha, rice balls are steaming.|
|Indigo leaves ready for the dye vat, from Roland's indigo crop in Indiana|
|Roland mixes the rice paste by hand.|
|Roland dips a piece of fabric in the prepared dye vat.|
|Part of our amazing studio space at Arrowmont|
|Rice paste ready to apply|
|Roland demonstrates application of the resist using a moiré stencil hand cut by Alysha|
|My first attempts to carve stencils|
|My most advanced carved stencil, originally intended to be free-floating circles but I liked the bridges and kept them.|
|Roland demonstrates matching stencil pattern on wet resist|
|Applying saw dust to aid in the drying of the resist|
|Roland's resist dries outdoors|
|Preparing to dip in the dye vat|
|Headed into the dye vat - timing was critical to keep resist from dissolving|
|My darkest piece - 13 dips. The piece underneath has been dipped 3 times.|
|Clever use of sticks to suspend pieces in the dye vat|
|Though I wore gloves for the most part, I did dip once without the gloves. All washed off except on my nails.|
|Roland's work - real art pieces - even more beautiful in real life.|
Ai = Indigo