Day 3 of the workshop and the paste was dry so dyeing could commence! We used Remazol dyes which are meant to better for use with resist techniques. Application of the dyes was by using small flat bristled dyeing brushes called Suri-komi brushes.

Jane 1’s first layer of dye
Jane 2’s negative image – first application of dye
Jane 2’s positive image, applying first layer of dye to exposed fabric
Emma testing colours
Emma’s very methodical approach, with a grid format
Ele applying her background colour

Once everyone had applied 2 layers of dye, we applied a chemical fixative (sodium silicate) to the fabric, rolled it up it plastic and left it aside for 2 hours to allow the fixative to ‘adhere’ the dye to the fabric.

Jane rinsing her piece

..and how it turned out.
Jane 2’s positive image print. Came out with very subtle beautiful colouring
One of Ele’s tea towels.
With very beautiful fine details
Tanya’s Alpine inspired design
detail of Tanya’s tea towel.

Hopefully everyone felt like they got something out of the workshop and I was able to impart some new knowledge about this textile technique. I’m sure it was mind-boggling at first, to try and digest the way that the process works, as it is so foreign to the ways of working in screenprinting or traditional printing methods. It was great to see everyone so enthusiastic and approaching the technique in their own unique ways.