Dyed Fabrics

My dyed art cloth and art quilts start with white fabric which is first manipulated by folding into a square or triangular shape.  The fabric is then sandwiched between a resist of some type.  This prevents certain ares of the fabric from accepting dye.  This clamped bundle of fabric is dyed with a permanent dye, creating exciting visual texture. The fabric may then be manipulated again and more color added or removed.

The black discharged art starts with a black cotton fabric which is treated with a discharge agent that removes color. Where the fabric is clamped or tied, the original black color remains. After the discharge process I will then add new color with a permanent dye.

From there I let the fabric speak to me, telling me what it wants to be.