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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Close-up of the embroidered pieces…CarrieKnowles_7

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

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.

Come learn from me! It’ll be fun!!!

Just a reminder!!
Register asap!

March 21-22:  Batik 2-day workshop at Pullen Arts Center
Learn Batik from me in this 2-day workshop.
Loads of fun in a creative environment.  No experience necessary.
I will provide all the materials so you can make two 8″x54″ silk scarves of your very own!!
Three ways to register: 
http://www.raleighnc.gov/content/extra/Books/PRecRecreation/PreviousLeisureLedger/#3Find the listing on page 23 of the Leisure Ledger for details:
http://www.raleighnc.gov/content/extra/Books/PRecRecreation/PreviousLeisureLedger/#23

March 28:  Shibori workshop at Gather in Cary
Join me to learn Shibori techniques in this super fun, hands-on class!!!
Shibori is a Japanese technique of binding, stitching, and clamping fabric to create pattern when dye is applied. Loosely, you could call it “Japanese Tie-dye”.
Register here:
http://www.gathernc.com/web/?product=shibori-dyeingsaturday-march-28th1030-130pm

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Eat at Ruckus Pizza & help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!!

Dine in or take out from Ruckus Pizza Pasta & Spirits – Morrisville from THIS Monday, Oct 27 through Sunday, Nov 2!!
Mention you’re there in support of CFF or show this flyer, and they’ll donate 15% of your purchase to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!!

Soooo much good stuff going on….

Pop Up Shop at Ornamentea this Sunday!

This Sunday, the monthly Pop Up Sunday will be SUPER cool, with some fantastic new vendors who’ve traveled the world, and some wonderful vintage designers, too!!
ANNNND…. I will be there, too!!  Hospice of Wake County (now known as Transitions Life Care) is the recipient for the fundraiser this month.  I will be helping with that by having a dye project you can do for a small donation of $1 – $3 each!!  In addition to that, I will have my Leopold Designs scarves for sale there!  20% of all of my scarf sales will go to Transitions Life Care!!!
Please read my blog about why Hospice means so much to me (from last year’s Pop Up Sunday).

ALSO!!!
There is still space open to take my Intro to Batik class at Ornamentea!!!  We’ve been having a TON of fun in that class, and I would love to see you in there, too!
If anyone wants to write up a testimonial, I’d love and appreciate it!!  Email me!

The Pop Shop at North Hills

The Pop Shop at North Hills is open NOW, only until August 31!!
The hours are:
Wednesday-Friday from 11-6
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 12-5

The shop has a great location, directly to the left of Total Wine and the Frozen Yogurt shop!!

Please come out to support me and 11 other local NC, eco-friendly, ethically-made fashions!

Get local in City Market

This is going to be a great time!! Come out and see me & my silks at Leopold Designs!!
And I’m hoping to meet Downtown Dame in person!

Downtown Dame

This Friday all you have to do is show up. Give $10 to charity, and get a local beer sampler and access to shop your local makers. It promises to be a mysterious and down home kind of night!

I’ll be there. Come say hello!

hops and shops marketPlus… it’s First Friday August. Wrap up your 2014 summer with some fun with your neighbors and local cool kids.

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