I spent a whole week dyeing and over-dyeing yards of fabric for some upcoming pieces. Fortunately, I got some yardage I am pretty happy with. The first set of fabrics is in the blue-green and red-orange complementary palette. I over-dyed two versions of red-orange with blue-green (the center large piece on the right) and got strikingly different results, based on the amount of dye absorbed in the first dyebath of each fabric….I am finding that the yellow ‘strikes’ in large pieces of rayon before the blue when I dye blue-green, so I adjusted my dye recipe accordingly. These fabrics coordinate beautifully for a piece I plan soon.
The next set of fabrics is one of the dreaded tetradic color schemes: blue-violet/blue-green/orange-yellow/red-orange. Individually, these are some of my favorite colors. I say ‘dreaded’ because tetrads are so complicated (I don’t often see them in museums–this Picasso with its green-red-violet-yellow scheme at the Guggenheim is an exception). I guess when they are all together that they get overwhelming!
I am working with a chaos theme, and thought a tetrad would be pretty appropriate for that. I knew I had to be careful with over-dyeing tetradic colors because you are likely to get a lot of ‘mud’ -colored fabrics. The central piece is blue-violet over-dyed with blue-green and I really liked the results–it is gorgeous up close. Over-dying that with red-orange and orange-yellow gets you some of the muddy colors you see in smaller swatches on the left. Note to self: over-dying red-orange and yellow-orange pretty much gets you: orange. Go figure.
I have got my compositions worked out for these fabrics as well as the paint palette. I will keep you posted….
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