Sunday, October 9, 2011

Resist Dyeing With Chad Alice Hagen

'Tools of the trade'.

 


A piece still showing fold lines from the dye bath.

 


Flattened out and drying.

 


The finished pieces...

 


...and here...

 


...and my favorite one. (Wonder why?) :)

 


At the Creative Felt Gathering in September...

...I was lucky enough to have two classes with the inimitable Chad Alice Hagen!

For our first one...

...we did resist dyeing using all manner of clamps, clips, pieces of rusty metal, heat-resistant plastic, and wood.

Chad is a remarkably orderly and efficient teacher...

...and you come away from each class with her...

...just filled with techniques and wonderful new possibilities for your own art!

Utilizing three different-colored dye baths...

...and re-folding and clipping (or not...as you choose) between colors...

...each of us made gloriously patterned felt pieces to use as we wish!

In a week or so...

...I will be showing you how I used one of these pieces in a very special way!

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17 comments:

vilterietje said...

oooooh great!!!! what beautiful results!!! i'm doing shibori at school at the moment so i'm very excited about your project:)

yvette said...

round and about 10 years ago I followed her workshop in England and she's still in my heart.
You made great work!

Patty Biermans said...

Ohhh, Heather!! These are really great pieces! Makes me want to go and make some too....hugzzz..peebee

Clasheen said...

Yet again Heather, FABULOUS work!!! Congratulations. XXX

Karen said...

Oh Wow they look amazing, seems like you had a really great time xo

Loco Lindy said...

I'm so glad you got to take Chad's resist dyeing class, I loved it, too! Can't wait to see what you made with your felt :)

WonderWhyGal said...

Wonder Why?
It can't be that's it is packed full of delicious Orange.

Beautiful colors and work. I love how you can use all of those objects to create images on the material.

Seriously, why isn't Fiber Arts part of school curriculum? Look how much better our world would be if we could apply Math and Science to Art.

FeltersJourney said...

Great patterns Heather they look fab! Bet that was a very interesting workshop too (you lucky thing you!) xx

Heather Woollove said...

Riet--What fun...lucky girl!! We did a shibori resist project with Chad at the CFG, too. I'll be blogging about it soon!
Yvette--Thanks! Yes...Chad has such a wonderful way of making learning fun, doesn't she?
Peebee--Yes...try some! Chad finds lots of her clamps and clips at the office supply store or the hair salon supply store!!
Nicola--Thanks! Across the board, everyone in class made beautiful pieces! She's an awesome teacher!!!
Karen--Thanks...and yes, it was SO much fun!
Lindy--Now I know what you were up to at FF!
Andrea---Yuppp...ding, ding, ding...a winner (orange!!) :) You're right...fiber arts should be a part of the school day for everyone!
Deborah--I know I'm lucky! I just want to take class after class after class.....! :)

Rachel said...

You have been having adventures, haven't you!

Kelly said...

What neat patterns you ended up with! I cannot wait to see your project!

AllyB said...

The red/black/white piece in the 4th pictures is more artistic than a lot of the "art" I saw during our ArtPrize competition the past couple of weeks. That is truly awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us.

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--Oh, yes! If I could take felting classes like this all the time, I would be in heaven!
Kelly--Thanks! I hope you will like what I did with one of these pieces!
Ally--How sweet of you to say so! Chad makes it easy to make beautiful things. She is an amazing teacher (and really funny, too!).

Marushka C. said...

When I saw your blog post come up in Gooogle Reader, I read it as a command, "Resist Dyeing!" (like, you must not dye things... resist at all costs!)

What a relief to know you're inspiring us to do more dyeing, not less :-) I have been reading about various methods of dyeing fabric and it's amazing what the possibilities are. I love seeing the felting possibilities, too.

Heather Woollove said...

Mary---Hahahaha! I can see that this title may have been a bit misleading! :)
I, too, love the possibilities of dyeing...but it seems like the more I learn how to do, the more time it takes from my 'first love', felting. Har.
Maybe it's like when you have that second (third or fourth) child! :) XXO-

Viltalakim said...

wow I am impressed wonderfull results, looking great!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Kim!! XXO-