Summer Sky Tea Towel by Elisabeth Bentz
Who: Designer Liane Tyrell of enhabiten
Redefine: "Hand Dyed"
Fabric that has been dyed by hand to create unique coloration often resulting in a more natural look.
Today, Liane shares her exploration into the art of hand dyeing: "First, I have to say that I have only been dyeing fabric by hand for about a year. But once I started I realized how well it complements my work and aesthetic. I work from my home studio under an overhang open to the outdoors. It's quiet where I am living now and there are woods all around..."
"...I've amassed a gaggle of large scavenged old pots and in each is a different dye brew. I have an old work table, a 2-burner hot plate, a pile of stained wooden spoons and a large basket of dried plant materials and the other powders and such used for fixing and dyeing. The process of creating the inky greens, blues, greys and blacks I'm working on takes a couple days time and multiple heatings and stirrings and wringings and switiching fabrics from one pot to another.
I work in small batches. I am currently using a variety of hemp and organic cotton fabrics of different weights, some silk and some organic cotton fleece. I also love to dye vintage materials from old canvas to fine lace and linens.
My choice of materials has always been informed by my desire to be environmentally responsible. I try to find dyestuffs which are grown and produced responsibly and with fair trade practices. I plan to experiment with local plants and other natural materials
But on a deeper and more personal level, the other constant in my work practice is my need to use materials which have depth and soul. I love that fabric dyeing is a very old and traditional art. As well, the process itself with it's many and varied slow steps has a deep appeal. And last, I am a huge fan of the imperfect and of variation of color and mark. So when I see the variety of shades of color and the different ways the fabric has taken up the dye in different areas of the material I am endlessly fascinated. I like to be surprised. I like the mystery of it all."
Liane's exploration in to hand dyeing is fascinating. Her appreciation for the creative process and brave ability to try a variety of new things is inspirational. She sets such a wonderful example of handmade. Her materials are well thought out and resourceful. You can really see the artist's hand in her work and that's a beautiful thing. Follow along with more of Liane's work on her blog.
Shown above the jump, from left to right:
1 Vespertine Hand Dyed Vintage Doily, $20.00 from Enhabiten
2 Woven Lace Vintage Placemat Set$19.00 from Enhabiten
3 Fisherman's Pillow, $42.00 from Enhabiten
4 Summer Sky Tea Towel, $14.00 from Elisabeth Bentz
5 Blue Shirt Pillows, $64.00 from Revisited
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About Redefine: Our new column Redefine asks artists to define one term involved in their process. Through this definition, we as buyers will learn a little bit more about the art from conception to realization. We'd like to not only increase awareness of what we are actually purchasing, but also increase appreciation for the process itself, thereby celebrating the handmade lifestyle.
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