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.