Collaboration with Carrie Knowles : “The Inevitable Past”

Carrie is a dear friend and a VERY talented writer and artist! I was really honored that she asked me to collaborate with her on creating a large-scale piece of artwork. This particular piece will be presented at a special exhibition at the Brisbane Institute of Art in Brisbane, Australia, November 11th – 24th.

That means I’ll have my work internationally viewed!! Ha!!

The exhibition pairs her writing with our visual art piece. I would never be able to do justice in describing her story, and recommend you read her synopsis of the story and the accompanying art in her own well-written words.  🙂

To summarize, the piece is to represent the DNA double helix, drifting as if in a breeze. The piece is a continuous 6.4 meter-long (~7 yards) piece of linen, that we worked on in my home studio. Dyeing a piece that large meant getting really creative in utilizing the limited space in my studio. We wound up dyeing 7-foot portions of the linen (the size of my work table), and then shifting the entire fabric over. It took several passes, and 2 days!

We first put soy wax down to represent a double helix image. I have never done batik on linen, and it was a fun experience, since it absorbs wax very differently than silk! Same thing goes for the hand brushed dye that we subsequently applied in shades of red, orange, and yellow.

I rolled the fabric up at the end of each day, and let it “steep” in its dampness. Working with linen meant I needed to use soda ash to activate the fiber-reactive dye, and keep it damp for 12-24 hours. It fortunately requires that I don’t steam it. Apparently, the steam would be bad for the linen. When I dye silk, I don’t use soda ash to activate the dye… as I found out in 2012, before my first fashion show ever, when the soda ash pretty much ATE some of my fabric; so as I took the fabric out of the washer, it literally fell apart in my hands!!!! Instead now, I steam the silk fabric to activate and set the fiber-reactive dye.  It works fabulously, and also removes most of the wax in the process!  Double awesome!

Well, I was super happy with the results of working with linen.  It has such a fantastic, heavy, earthy, but soft hand, and of course the soy wax left no stiff residue!!

If you happen to be in Brisbane, swing by the Brisbane Institute of Arts, and check out this exhibit!! Oh, and send me photos!!

P.S. Carrie has a new book, A Garden Wall in Provence. I certainly recommend reading this!

Work in progress shots…

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Shibori in Indigo workshop at my house!

A couple weekends ago, I had a workshop teaching some Shibori in an Indigo dye vat. Honestly, we ALL had more fun than any of us thought we would!!! I’m so grateful for eager participants!!  😀

We had it on our back patio, with a couple fans for a breeze. It wasn’t too bad, actually!!!

I’m planning another on August 5th.
I’d love to open it up to the public, and I LOVE to get to know new people….   But since it’s at my home, I would prefer to keep it to people I already know, and their friends.  I really appreciate the understanding… If you’re a customer I know, a friend, or a friend of a friend, here’s the sign up link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shibori-in-indigo-dye-workshop-saturday-fun-tickets-36379533163

Trampled Mud… my most recent material in Substance Designer

Created in Substance Designer, rendered in Marmoset Toolbag 3.
This trampled mud material, has a trampled field look, complete with puddles, pebbles, and light twigs.
Go see it in Marmoset Viewer at https://www.artstation.com/artwork/Dyb4o

 

Photos from the Raleigh Food & Wine Festival, May 21, 2017

I have always loved taking photos.  Recently, I’ve reached out, and have done some event photography!
Raleighwood Media Group invited me to take photos of their annual Raleigh Food & Wine Festival Sunday Tasting Event, that was held on May 21st at the beautiful and historic Melrose Knitting Mill.

Please follow the link for all of the photos.  Below are some previews.

What a wonderful event!!

Couture for a Cause 2015 was a smashing success, in so many ways!

The event was fun and vibrant, brought in record-breaking funds for Activate Good! and I’m really thrilled with the two pieces I made for the show!!!

I hope that I did a good job highlighting and celebrating the LGBT Center of Raleigh with my two gorgeous kimonos…

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Left Model: Diana Cameron McQueen
Right Model: AnneMarie Brown

Photography: J Clark Images Photography
Hair: TONE Hair Salon
Makeup: Front Row Cosmetics

 

Thank you!! Let’s do even more, and I’ll show you my appreciation!!!

Thank you all so much for your generosity in helping me raise MORE than the required $200 for Activate Good’s Couture for a Cause!

This year, I am designing two looks for the runway that represent and are inspired by the LGBT Center of Raleigh this year.  I truly love the work they do to support the LGBT population in my area of North Carolina, many of whom are dear friends of mine (and yours!!)

As you may know, I design under the name Leopold Designs, and hand-dye the silk fabric that goes into making my garments for the runway.

What I’d like to do is up the ante…. and I want to show you my appreciation for helping me get to a new goal of $1000.  If you help me reach this new fundraising goal, I will raffle off 5 (yes, FIVE) of my hand-dyed Leopold Designs silk scarves to 5 of you!

CLICK HERE for the link to the fundraiser!

Here is a sneak peek at the Couture look’s fabric…
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Source: Thank you!! Let’s do even more, and I’ll show you my appreciation!!!

Couture for a Cause 2015: the MOST fun one ever

Now look here……… Activate Good’s Couture for a Cause is going to be a flipping BLAST this year!
There are musicians, a dj, this POETRY FOX, amazing silent auction items, and OH YEAH…. FASHION!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am designing to highlight the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

Check out the photo below to see my work in progress!
Seriously….You should do the following (in either order):
a.) Chip in to help me win the PRIZE for raising the most funds for the cause at : http://coutureforacause2015.causevox.com/kimkirchstein
and
2.) Buy TICKETS for this amazing fun night!!

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