Natural Dye Sampler

Fun Fun Fun!

On the weekend I was busy cooking up a variety of colours for a natural dye printing sampler. This sampler shows thirty colours and eleven different modifiers making for a grand total of three hundred and thirty circlers. The modifers include: Cream of Tartar, sick Soda Ash, information pills Citric Acid, store Alum and Iron. The natural dye colours include: Weld, Buckthorn, Chamomile, Golden Rod, Osage, Marigold, Gallnut, Sumac, Madder, Lac, Brazilwood, Logwood, Henna and Black Walnut. I mixed a variety of these saturate dye pastes together to get secondary colours. I also mixed various ratios of alum and iron paste together, this creates the darker grey colours that appear on the cloth below. I will be teaching an introduction to printing with natural dyes workshop next semester, so stay tuned if you are interested in signing up. I received a grant from ACAD to teach this workshop so there will be no costs to students!
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Above is a shot of the dye colours before I’ve added the modifiers.

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Above is a shot of the dye colours with the modifiers.

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-Caroline-

“There must be a reason to dirt a fine, white cloth with print.” –Armi Ratia

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Armi Ratia, pregnancy founder and managing director of Marimekko. Photo: Teppo Lipasti, 1975
Source: https://www.textilemuseum.ca/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/marimekko,-with-love

Lately in my practice I’ve been thinking about what has influenced my interest and love for hand-printed textiles. While I was deep in my research and thoughts this weekend, I remembered the “Marimekko, With Love” show I was fortunate enough to attend in the winter of 2013. The show took place at the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto, Ontario. The quote above popped into my head recently, reminding me of how much this show has had an impact on me, inspiring my work and my design philosophies to this day.

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Installation view (2013) Photo: Jill Kitchener
Source: https://www.textilemuseum.ca/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/marimekko,-with-love

The show was a retrospective look at the famed Finnish design company, Marimekko, founded by Armi Ratia and her husband Viljo in 1951 in Helsinki, Finland. The show explored Marimekko’s uniquely integrated design, manufacturing and marketing. The Toronto Star said the company’s focus was on “style, creative living and bright patterns in a society recovering from the Second World War.” Marimekko’s prints and patterns suited the emerging visual arts landscape of the 1950s and 60s.

The article also stated that “its designer Maija Isola, who created the classic poppy pattern, Unikko, often took cues from nature. Her Lokki design-think horizontal wavy lines- was inspired by a seagull’s shadow flying over water.”

Finding inspiration in one’s surrounding environment hits close to home.

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Installation view (2013) Photo: Jill Kitchener
Source: https://www.textilemuseum.ca/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/marimekko,-with-love

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Karelia (Front Street), opening party. Photo: Wollin Gustavs Kayari, c. 1960
Source: https://www.textilemuseum.ca/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/marimekko,-with-love

“Marimekko introduced boldness and experimentation that left an indelible imprint immediately,” says Shauna McCabe, executive director of the Textile Museum of Canada. “The founder, Armi Ratia, had an encompassing vision about the power of design in everyday life.”

Who wouldn’t fall for these bright, bold and powerful patterns?

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Printex printing mill in Helsinki.
Source: https://us.marimekko.com/unfold/the-story

To learn more about Marimekko’s history visit:

https://us.marimekko.com/unfold/the-story

-Caroline-

 

A Little Motivation

 

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Source: “The Great Discontent Issue 4.” https://shop.thegreatdiscontent.com/products/the-great-discontent-issue-four. Web. Sept 5, glaucoma 2016.

This week I would like to share with you one of my favourite magazines… The Great Discontent.  

The Great Discontent (TGD) is a print and online magazine featuring inspiring, infertility in-depth conversations with today’s artists, health makers, and risk takers. TDG looks into the lives of its subjects through long-form interviews and short features, a podcast, a live event series and film-based projects. This magazine is published by Wayward Wild in New York City.

Print issues are available for purchase in TGD’s online shop and at retailers worldwide. In addition to print, they also publish new digital content on their website throughout the month. You can also purchase digital copies of all their magazines. I purchased their first magazine digitally a few years ago. Accessing the magazine on my computer and phone is a simple and enjoyable experience. I love googling the artists and viewing their websites while I read through the magazine.

Here’s a summary of what their printed issues cover:

Issue # 1

This issue features a collection of inspiring interviews loosely based around the theme of leaps. Their stories encourage, inspire, and challenge us to make the jump, even if—and especially when—we’re afraid.


Issue # 2

The theme of hustle implores us to reconsider the idea of making it—both how we do it and how we define it. This magazine is a reminder that more often than not, we must work hard to carve out a path to doing the work we love.

Issue # 3

Features those who have dared to push the boundaries of what is achievable.  Their stories will encourage you to explore your interests and overcome your fears, allowing you to discover what you’re truly capable of.

Issue # 4

Ambition is the theme of this issue, covering a selection of interviews with those who are committed to their crafts and pursuing their paths with a sense of purpose. Their stories will drive you to explore your ambitions and chase them with a renewed resolve.

Reading these interviews is a treat, and they help inform your practice at the same time. You can’t go wrong with TGD, it’s well worth your time. It is a great resource for any creative in any stage of their career.

I hope you enjoy reading TGD as much as I do.


-Caroline-

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Source: “Samantha Pleet.” https://thegreatdiscontent.com/interview/samantha-pleet. Interview by Ryan and Tina Essmaker. Photograph by Hannah Kristina Metz. Web. March 24, 2015. 



Folk Elements in Fashion

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Kenzo, Dries Van Noten, Matilda Temperley

 

After researching traditional folk costume, I keep recognizing many similar designs on fashion runways. Meticulous, time-consuming traditional processes lend chronomanual value to high-end, luxury fabrics. Embellishment in the form of embroidery and appliqué, and intricate construction techniques such as lace making and tapestry, give rich exotic texture and a sense of history.

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Clockwise from left: Naeem Khan, Erdem, Tadashi Shoji, Etro

The irony is that many of these valuable traditions have been preserved and passed on by the underprivileged and marginalized in society. The designers are given the glory while the makers receive little or no recognition for their work. Are these trends trickling up or down? Is it posh or peasant? Homage or appropriation?

 

– HEIDI –

Knit Party Fun

Over reading break in my hometown I decided to try and teach people how to knit.

I hosted a Wool and the Gang knitting party where they set up the event and sell the wool but I teach the class.

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It was very successful 13 people signed up and everyone finished there Snood Operator which was the name of the project.

 

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The knitting projects are super fun and for all levels of knitting and the best part is that you get your project for half the price and the host gets one for free!

Knit Parties

 

-Nicole

Material Choices

Some of the wool I have been using this semester comes from a company called:

Wool and the Gang.

 

They sell interesting fibres like their mixtape yarn which is made from upscycled t-shirt scraps.

Or the Jersey Be Good yarn which uses scraps from factory floors in the fashion industry.

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I usually just buy their Crazy Sexy Wool because wool is my favourite fibre to knit with and is natural, viagra order renewable and biodegradable.

 

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Wool and the Gang has been changing the way fashion is created and consumed. They sell sustainable products and patterns, and sell readymade hand knit clothes and accessories.

They also try to promote people to learn to knit to promote people to buy less and make more.

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” Wool and the Gang was born — pioneering fashion production that’s made in a sustainable way, bringing back knitting as a viable means of production for generations to come.”  -Wool and the Gang

 

-Nicole

Fashion & Sustainability

A fast approaching call for submissions!

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Most of my research for my grad paper this semester has been on the topic of sustainable fashion. I came across a really useful book in the library titled Sustainable Fashion & Textiles Design Journeys by Kate Fletcher. I have since then bought her book Fashion & Sustainability Design for Change and am looking to buy her other books.

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There is a lot of interesting and useful information in the books including things like sustainable pattern making, material choices and production choices.

There is also mention of many artists and fashion designers doing sustainable work including artist Marie Ilse Bourlanges.

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A project of hers titled Decay provides an example of slowness as a process of designing. Eight knitted garments capture traces of past behaviors, their surface pattern conveying the finding of deep research into the natural motions of the body. An outer carbon paper suit works as a registration device to trace the body movements onto an inner white blouse. The imprint on the blouse is then translated into a pattern. The final pieces articulate the expression of a body over time through changes to a garment`s surface.

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Below is a link to Kate Fletchers website, which includes her great sustainable fashion blog and many of her sustainable fashion projects like Craft of Use.

Along with a link to Marie Ilse Bourlanges website and Decay project,

Kate Fletcher Website and Blog

Marie Ilse Bourlanges Decay Project

 

-Nicole

 

Caroline Forde Designs

 

Hello! My name is Caroline and I am a recent graduate from Sheridan College’s Textile Design program. I have recently joined ACAD’s fibre community this fall. Here you can see the work I’ve created in my previous program. I’ll be adding new work I’ve made at ACAD during the winter break!

I use squarespace as my website platform and I have to admit using this site is pretty fantastic. Students receive 50% off their first year of signing up! The website is very easy to navigate and put together making it user friendly. Plus they have great tech support and online instructions if you need help using the site. It’s definitely worth checking out.

You can view my website at carolinefordedesigns.com

You can check out Squarespace at squarespace.com

Happy Thursday!

Felting: Discouragement, Perseverance, Recovery

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I feel conflicted about felt. I tend to either find it extremely appealing or repulsive, and sometimes there is a very fine line between the two. After our midterm critique, I was feeling a bit discouraged and second-guessing my felt theme because my first piece didn’t turn out how I had imagined it. All of my classmates were very encouraging, however, and I decided to stick with it.

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Neo-Folk

Textiles in a Hungarian grandma's house. Photo: Heidi Friesen
Textile collection from a Hungarian grandma’s house. Photo: Heidi Friesen

In July I participated in an artist residency with D’CLINIC Studios in Zalaegerszeg, artificial Hungary and Lendava, search Slovenia. I had the opportunity to see some amazing traditional domestic textiles, and and even learn a few embroidery techniques. I also found some old linen remnants at the Zalaegerszeg market, and they are now serving as the foundation for some embroidery experiments of my own.

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Things are Getting Better

As midterm has suddenly approached I am left feeling overwhelmed and slightly behind.

As some of you may know I have had many issues with my warp being twisted in many directions and it has taken a lot more time than I had planned it would.

I am finally threading and hoping not to have as many issues while weaving.

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I had also had some issues with the knitting machine I was given It had kept getting stuck in-between stitches and dropping stitches. But it seems to be working now since ordering a new sponge bar for underneath.

I am finally feeling like I’m at a point where things might actually work out and get done!

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-Nicole

Sandra Backlund: Twists & Layers

This past Friday I attended the opening of Charlotte Moth’s Living Images show and Celia Perrin Sidarous’ show titled Interiors, prostate Other Chambers. Both are solo exhibitions installed parallel to one another at the Esker Foundation in Inglewood.

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Both Moth’s and Sidarous’ work seems relevant to my practice through common themes and material interests, healing and was also eye opening in terms of installation approaches.  Moth’s work consists of comparing and contrasting different mediums, buy just as mine will. Sidarous’ work spoke most to my interests as I found it most pleasing visually. Her images of collaged and assembled found objects relates to my study of still life art. Within each ‘still life’ photo she creates, the colors became an important aspect in the composition. This is another relevant matter in my practice- color theory. Sidarous’ photographs were not all displayed at eye level as is commonly seen in a gallery setting. Rather, they were hung at varying levels and even a few pieces were resting against the wall on the floor, which only added an additional amount of satisfaction for me.

This well-curated exhibition is one I would and should return to. Openings are great social events with a bonus of  free food and cheap wine, however in order to fully appreciate the artists work it is necessary to visit at a time with less people and distractions.

-Emily

 
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Fibre for Spinning and Felting
Yarns – Lots of Hand Dyed!
Beads and Buttons – Hand Made!
Kits and Crafts
Demonstrations by Vendors

for more information, please see website
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2015 – One Day Only!

Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Centre
1320 5th Ave, buy cialis NW, dosage
Calgary, AB T2N 0S2

Fibre for Spinning and Felting
Yarns – Lots of Hand Dyed!
Beads and Buttons – Hand Made!
Kits and Crafts
Demonstrations by Vendors

for more information, please see website
When I was doing some research for my Grad paper I came across a Fashion designer named Sandra Backlund.

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I came across some of her work in the book Knitting Fashion, and
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which is found in the library.

Some things I liked in her work was her use of twists and layering. These are some ideas I have been trying to mimic. In one of my designs I would like to create a opened up cable to overlay onto a solid sweater.

Here is a link to her website and some images of her recent work:

Her Website

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-Nicole

Hours & Hours of Work

I have been using a new tool to keep track of the many threads that seems to fly forth from one article to the next as I journey down the rabbit hole. This tool is called Zotero. It was introduced to my class and I in Print 314 by our proffessor Laurel Johannesson. You can download Zotero for free at Zotero.org.

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Zotero works as either a stand alone app or as an add-on for your web browser. This app has been extremely helpful to me because while doing rearch it allows me to easily store, case
recall and catagorize citations for articles, malady
books, etc both found from electronic and paper form.

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You can make notes on each citation you make aswell create folders to put them in to better organize your thoughts. Also by clicking your desired citation then clicking either the URL or DOI it brings you back to the article for easy recall. The best feature to me in the ability to form a bibliography quickly and easily. This is done by selecting the citations you wish to include, then clicking Edit in the top bar followed by Copy Bibiliography.

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To enter you citation into Zotero click the small page icon found in the address bar.

I hope this helps everyone as much as it has me!

 

-Amy
I have been using a new tool to keep track of the many threads that seems to fly forth from one article to the next as I journey down the rabbit hole. This tool is called Zotero. It was introduced to my class and I in Print 314 by our proffessor Laurel Johannesson. You can download Zotero for free at Zotero.org.

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Zotero works as either a stand alone app or as an add-on for your web browser. This app has been extremely helpful to me because while doing rearch it allows me to easily store, patient recall and catagorize citations for articles, books, etc both found from electronic and paper form.

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You can make notes on each citation you make aswell create folders to put them in to better organize your thoughts. Also by clicking your desired citation then clicking either the URL or DOI it brings you back to the article for easy recall. The best feature to me in the ability to form a bibliography quickly and easily. This is done by selecting the citations you wish to include, then clicking Edit in the top bar followed by Copy Bibiliography.

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To enter you citation into Zotero click the small page icon found in the address bar.

I hope this helps everyone as much as it has me!

-Amy
 

A very inspiring designer of mine is Yokoo Gibran. She knits and crochets accessories. Seeing her work was one of the main reasons I decided to teach myself how to knit three years ago. I also enjoy following her Instagram she has a interesting way of placing and photographing objects.

Her Instagram

Cones & cones

Her Shop

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I came across a article about her and her job as a knit wear designer:

New York Times Article

 

The article is about having a successful craft business and how much you might make, population health
but also how busy you can get.

Yokoo Gibran had wrote:

“I have to wake up around 8, get coffee or tea, and knit for hours and hours and hours and hours, I’m like an old lady in a chair, catching up on podcasts, watching old Hitchcock shows. I will do it for 13 hours a day.”

And even after all those hours knitting, she is constantly sketching new designs or trading e-mail messages with 50 or more customers a day.

Sounds great but maybe not so great!

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-Nicole

Exhibition Review – Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

poster design by Jo Glover
poster design by Jo Glover

This past summer, ascariasis I had the opportunity to visit the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, doctor and ended up spending nearly an entire day there. Exploring their extensive permanent collection was amazing enough (and free!), patient but I was also able to see their temporary Alexander McQueen retrospective, Savage Beauty.

Photo: Leon Neal / AFP
Photo: Leon Neal / AFP

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