I spent a week on Whidbey Island with Elin Noble and 14 other artists learning the art of shibori while discharging and dyeing fabrics. It was wonderful! We tried clamping, stitching, arashi (pole-wrapping) and masking a raft of different fabrics: silk dupion, cotton, rayon twill, etc.
Elin is very knowledgeable about the chemistry of the dyeing and discharging process. Armed with that knowledge, you can analyze what happened on a piece of fabric, and predict what will happen on another. How great is that!?
Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the week:
The setting was beautiful. This is not a postcard–it is an actual picture I took from the deck of the Cottage on the Cove:
Sometimes I think I am the luckiest person on Earth.
After a week on Whidbey Island, I spent a week in Seattle, and visited the Seattle Art Museum AND the La Conner Quilt Museum. More on those wonderful outings later….