Diaphanous Foxglove Spring Dye Session

Posted on March 17, 2016 by Cory Gunter Brown | 2 Comments

)))o((( Spring is here friends! )))o(((
The Vernal Equinox occurred this weekend signaling the first day of Spring! Many of us Animals (and Plants) in the bay area were already feeling it and we here at The Moon are too! We spent the first week of March out at the dye studio folding, clamping, and bundling skirts, tanks, and scarves into itajime shibori patterns and dipping them into vibrant vats of living plant color. Cass and I love working outside surrounded by the trills, squeaks, whirs, and calls of horny hummingbirds and hawks lustily chasing after each other! 
In spite of all the beauty, it was a tough dye week with much uncertainty, but in the end we came away with colors we're very excited about. I think all that sexy animal energy found it's way into the dye pots ;) 

 Many of the different colors in this dye session were achieved with Madder Root Extract. The earliest evidence of plant dyeing dates back 5,000 years to an ancient scrap of cotton dyed with Madder found at Mohenjo-daro archaeological site in India. We hope enjoy this visual tale illuminating the techniques we used to bring our Diaphanous Scarf and Geode Skirt to life!

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Silk habotai cloud bundle ready for the cauldron

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Madder root extract

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Cloud bundles become the color of sunset

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Silk strips used to tie up cloud bundles are twisted into cordage for necklaces

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Itajime clamp resist sandwiches on the Geode Skirt

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Onion Skins are an excellent dye material. This bath smelled like a giant vat of french onion soup!

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To see the full spectrum of colors achieved with madder in this dye session check out these pieces:

Diaphanous Scarf in Dusk

Diaphanous Scarf in Solar

Geode Skirt in Redbud

Geode Skirt in Foxglove

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January 22, 2017

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Williamweex
Williamweex

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