Developing design ideas – colour choices
Whilst developing my project design I’ve also worked further on my colours choices. In Stage 2 I chose my palette from a source photo, made some yarn wrappings and painted some swatches. I used these swatches and wrappings to extend the range and add some highlights.
I’ve now translated these colours into cloth samples using natural dyeing techniques. I considered screenprinting but as my final artwork is to be based around rocks, mosses, algae and the underwater world I feel that this more indistinct form of image transfer is more appropriate for my requirements. Natural dyeing produces a lot of partial prints, colour run and indeterminate but visible marks. The patterning feels much more part of the cloth than imagery applied to the surface of the cloth. Screenprinting, be it with paints or dyes, is going to give definite images with crisper edging and I’m not looking for this. I want a blended, somewhat indiscernible overall effect.
Below are some results:
Above: On the left is silk sateen, the right hand fabric is georgette. Both went into the same dye pot. The hibiscus gave the bright green marks on the left, whilst the orange on both samples came from cinerea (silver dollar).
So far, with the exception of the velvet, most of what I have used have been lightweight silk fabrics as I intend to tear up and layer in a similar manner to my previous work in Assignment 3 Stage 2 (seen here).
My next task is to explore natural dyeing effects on thicker silk noil.