Friday, January 20, 2006

Cloud Window

Cloud Window boldly uses the itajime shibori technique.
I plan to produce this style with indigo dyes.
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More Bambini

The Toddler dress is sewn by a Bolivian Coop. Buying from a worker owned coop helps families in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
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Calascio Bambini

Clothing for bambini uses the Japanese itajime shibori technique. The cloth is folded and shapes are clamped to form the resist. Posted by Picasa

Arashi Shibori

This shirt is wound on a pole, wrapped evenly with string and scrunched. It is ready for a second dye color. The first color is vat dyed with fiber reactive dyes in a pale blue. The string and scrunching will resist the second dye color. I love the physical activity of this process. Winding the string is very repetitive and meditative. Scrunching is very actively physical. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Colori Naturali

At Calascio Designs, I am working on the Colore Naturali series. In an effort to become even more environmentally friendly, I am adding natural dyes to the line. A renewed interest in healthy living and a long time respect for nature prompts this change. In the past, I created sculpture using elements nature. Now, on to collaborate with nature to produce colors.

The above tank is dyed with rust and ready for summer. After wrapping and scrunching the shirt on an arashi shibori pole, I applied a rust dye mixture and let it set for days. During the seven days it set, I applied more rust and vinegar mixtures.

Here is a detail of the arashi shibori patterning.