Patterns in Color & Patterns in Textures

By studying the possibilities within the materials I use, I now and then try to put a new focus or perspective in my art. Bringing in new materials or introducing new colors to your work can be quite useful in getting you started on experimenting.
Experimentation means incorporating what you know onto new situations and to try and learn from the process.
I started with my trusted medium silk. This medium catches the color so beautifully intense that just working with this is an adventure in discovering an insane amount of variations.

Silk works particulary well with all dyeing techniques

Combining old and new techniques together can also lead to surprisingly new and inspiring aspirations.

These are my results of applying the Shibori technique on cotton, using synthetic dye in combination with my own familiar hemp.

It’s always a challenge to try something new and try to make it your own. My attempts to practice the Shibori process on customary materials such as hemp or jute and using familiar colors produced surprising results. These pieces were made by placing several layers on top of each other.

When you are studying you are often working on new things but it also pays off to revisit past Artworks after having learned a thing or two.

Sometimes I just rework existing Artworks with the materials I presently use and sometimes I deepen the connection to works I’ve made by creating branching Artworks that preserve the same basic idea behind it.

50 Shades of Red

As a Textile and fiber artist, colour is an essential ingredient in my work. This post is about dyeing your own materials, specifically exploring dyeing by hand. Even though natural dyeing with onion skins, walnuts or even avocado skins can bring plenty of color range, I mostly choose for synthetic coloring which covers plant and animal fibers equally well. I used to always get my dyes directly from a factory in Łódź (a Walhalla for the polish textile industry) nowadays there are multiple online webshops offering good dyes for your textiles.

The basis of my artworks is all about building forms and shapes, which combined, create larger installations. Therefor before I even begin building, the first thing I do is create the first test swatches.
I always strive to achieve a natural and full color substance for my fibers that can vary from gentle watercolours to the more extreme maximum rough and saturated ones.

Even the variations one can achieve within a single colour are worth the extra labor of dyeing by hand, not to mention you can achieve various results or batches from a single bath. You will also need to experiment with making multiple batches as the results can be unpredictable at times.

Lastly, dyeing by hand not only allows you to achieve these effects with an impressive range in colour variations, nearly every creative textile artist I’ve met finds this the most fascinating way of dyeing one's’ own fabrics.