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It all started with a class... I stumbled upon this class advertised on the Ace Hotel website. Cara Marie Piazza, an amazing artist, (yes, look her up!) was teaching a bundle dying class at the roof top bar of the Los Angeles Ace Hotel. Interesting idea.... click, enrolled...
That action is so "me". I love learning new methods of expressing myself with art and crafts. I love the unknown and new in art. And I love creating with the intention of being open to new discoveries hoping to enhance what I already know.
At the class I learned bundle dyeing with flowers onto silk. I love the fact that there’s no set formula for bundle dyeing, just guidelines and suggestions. No mistakes... just opportunity for new ideas and results. Then I discovered India Flint who created the ecoprint concept and named it. (Look her up too!! She’s such an amazing soul)
I searched and absorbed dyeing techniques... It quickly became my new thing.
The simple process starts with fabric, of plant or protein origin, and plant pigment materials. The two are rolled, wrapped and bundled together. A steaming or simmering process is then applied to bind the fabric with pigments.
Every bundle is different, and the anticipation of the reveal is the best part. I'm hooked again and again and again.
It's truly an Art that cannot be duplicated. I love that it can never be mass produced. Even if you use the same process or dye pot or leaves each scarf will be different.
Please check out my creations, reach out, and connect if you like. I would love to hear your inspirations.
A naturally dyed bundle ready to reveal - bundle dyed to create beautiful naturally dyed eco prints.
Check out this video of me explaining how it all started and how I was inspired
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