Last Saturday 9 of the Piedmont Silk Painters got together for a silk painting play-date. It was my turn to do some instruction and I decided to demo 2 types of shibori - pleat and pole wrap, plus fold and clamp. We met at Marcia Ferris's studio as usual, and she was so busy taking photos and organizing things that she never got to do any painting herself! Thanks to her and Kathy Goodson for providing most of these photos.
First, we did the Pleat and Wrap, where we folded our scarves lengthwise several times (with the help of a steam iron) until we had about a 1" strip of pleats Sorry no photo). We then wrapped the folded scarves around PVC poles, secured them at either end with rubber bands and soaked them in a 50/50 vinegar/water solution. After blotting, they are ready to be painted.
Everyone collects their dyes... so many colors to choose from! Marcia's super-organized studio has drawers full of Dupont and MX dyes, all arranged by color and labeled with color name and number. You can just make out her color chart on the table, again all nicely organized and labeled. We used Dupont for our shibori.
Painting the dyes on
You could hear a pin drop!
No they're not UFO's! These are canning pot steamers with the painted silk, still on poles, inside. Steaming took about 20 minutes.
Testing with a Q-tip after 20 minutes to make sure the dyes are set.
Opening and unwrapping the scarves is like Christmas morning! Lovely surprises under the tree. Here are some of the happy campers.
Wearing our artwork
Time for a well deserved lunch break...
...and then on to the Fold and Clamp session...
Again we started with folding over the silk many times. This time ending up with either a triangle or a square, depending on how it was folded.
Pairs of wooden or metal blocks were then clamped to the folded scarf. Just as before, the clamped scarves were soaked in vinegar solution, blotted and painted with dye.
The painted silk was then steamed, and voilà... the exciting results!
Some demure ladies with their not-so-demure scarves!
Here's mine - the yellow parts were initially white (where my clamps were). I thought it looked a bit bland, so when I got home I added bright yellow - bland no more!
I hope you enjoyed this visit with the Piedmont Silk Painters! For more info on shibori, I recommend Shibori Designs and Techniques by Mandy Southan.