The camp experience at Zephyr Point located at the literal edge of beautiful Lake Tahoe, CA included instruction in creating art through wax resist, dyeing on paper and fabric, meeting other artists from around the world, sharing creation stories and spending time with friends. Our instructor, Isl van Baale, is a long honored textile artist and teacher from the Netherlands. The students she drew together was a rich community of ten talented artists of varying media backgrounds. I was in workshop heaven !!!
Inspiration from Zephyr Point Conference Center:
|View from Dobbins Hall where class was held.|
|Fall Color which inspired values of Flower Organics design|
|Wax being applied to pre-dyed fabric|
|Color added with dye ~ detail|
As you can see, the color of the changing fall leaves definitely inspired dye choices of the Flower with Progressive Organics. The techniques used were simple: pre-dye the fabric to create a background color using warm yellows and oranges, incorporate the random dye patterns on the fabric into the design which is established with a tjanting tool to apply the hot soy wax, and finish by painting the second layer of dye onto the design. The process took two days of concentrated effort which was more meditative than anything else I had experienced previously.
And There's More:
|Dyed silk, cotton, paper, and canvas|
|Stair color and pattern inspiration|
|Stamped, painted and dyed|
|I hope you enjoyed viewing the vignettes of my art camp experience as much as I did in creating them.|