new roving and thoughts about dye

I have been focusing my dye operations. Working almost solely with Blue Faced Leicester rovings and sabraset dyes, I have been delighting in this new medium.

wool roving

This process has been liberating, adding a new field of interest to my days. Since my move, I have been increasingly able to let go of ideas that are not going to be implemented in this life, and also of the great amount of stash that I have collected to support those unrealized ideas. I have become more selective. What is challenging for me is to sit still with the process, and understand that I am on a path that is leading me to a deeper degree of competence in my chosen field.

I’m leaving something out here. It relates to yesterday’s post about meaningful storytelling in my work. I am working with a flawed medium, in that these dyes are tested on animals, the wool is sourced from who knows where, that kind of thing. There are alternatives, and I will incorporate those alternatives as I learn. Through cosymakes, I learned that there exists a family of heavy metal free dyes that I plan on bringing into my studio.
Don’t mean to be heavy. How about a beautiful photo to lighten things up?

the x-ray botanical art of Hugh Turvey

a dye day

one dyebath, many shades

dyeing slips

One jar of RIT dark green dye can produce so many different effects.
Alice and I had a lovely time finding things to toss in the dye pot. I used the last of my white Targhee roving to exhaust the bath (dove gray!), then I sprinkled lemonade Kool Aid powder directly onto the roving in spots (chartreuse!) I had a hard time getting the green to come through in the photos.


For dinner I made my own dashi for the gyudon. Bonito flakes, some dulse, and dried shiitake and bolete mushrooms. Yum!

Not a bad day for one that started extremely late and mildly hungover.