Shibori Workshop, July 2014

Our July workshop was so much fun. Folks brought everything from hats to sheets to fabric to shoes. I’m doing another one on September 27th. If you’re interested, please email me at jenny(at)reluxia(dot)com.

Shibori Group Shot
Great group shot of almost everyone.
Thinking
Shibori takes a lot of planning and visualizing. Sometimes you have to sit and think for a bit….
Talking Shibori
…other times it’s easier to talk it through.
Resist Shibori
Once the ideas start flowing, there’s no stopping!
Part of the fun is dipping your pieces to get a dark color. Hanging it up and watching it oxidize is cool.
Part of the fun is dipping your pieces to get a dark color. Hanging it up and watching it oxidize is part of the wait.
But the most rewarding is seeing the final reveal of your design.
But the most rewarding is seeing the final reveal of your design.
LeaSheet
No idea is too big or small.
The grand finale! Check out all the designs everyone came up with. So many beautiful shades of indigo
The grand finale! Check out all the designs everyone came up with. So many beautiful shades of indigo

I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos. I’ve held a couple more workshops this summer and will post those photos soon.

Shibori on!

 

Jenny

 

Inspiration: Dyeing with Oak Galls

 

Tinctory's Oak Galls Dye

tinctory: Oak Galls Dye.

I’ve been increasingly interested in Natural Dyes these days. This week, I ran across this beautiful website called tinctory. Eva, a woman from the UK has a beautiful aesthetic with Natural Dyes.  In the photo above, she’s dyed silks, cottons and wools. The grey fabric has been mordanted later with iron.

She uses her dyed  fabric to create jewelry by smocking her swatches into little organic looking pendants.

Today I’m going on a hike, picnic and will hopefully  harvest some Oak Galls. It’s gall hunting season! Stay tuned to see what I find.

 

Floral wrapping paper from my backyard

A quick easy way to create floral wrapping paper. Click the photo to zoom

In my previous post, I gathered some flowers from my backyard. Using a hammer, and spraying the paper with a soda ash mixture, I pounded the flowers until pigment started to leach into the paper.

I let it dry for about 4 hours and the floral paper was ready to use. You can use this technique on silk cotton and wool too!

Upcycled Fashion for a Cause 10/10/10

10/10/10 is the perfect ground zero date to start a journey in a new direction…I’ve finally settled into life here in the East Bay. It’s been the endless summer as we moved from Brooklyn to Oakland over the months of April to July. And now Indian summer’s hit in the middle of October. That’s 8 months of sunshine and warm weather.

Now that the dust has settled, I can start to post about an idea that’s been bubbling up for a while. I’ve been thinking about the ever changing role of fashion and what inspires me these days. I love new ideas I’ve found around upcycled fashion when paired with a non-profit cause. I’ve noticed several Australian designers who are donating their time and talent to raise money for non-profits. I think it’s fantastic.

I’m really curious to see how fashion for a cause + social media creates viral marketing and $$ for non-profits….stay tuned as Reluxia starts a journey in a new direction!!