Thursday, April 20, 2006

veil workshop musings

I've been asked to do a short (1.5 hr) veil dying workshop.

On the one hand, yay!
On the other hand: uhhhh...

I have to figure out how much to charge per person for this. I would be supplying all the stuff, from silk to vinegar to dye to a microwave, plus all the plastic doodads one needs to mix, zap, and protect oneself from the dye.

Should I go through and add up all my costs for these items, then add some mysterious percentage for myself? Or..?

The timing is a little tricky as well... in 90 minutes, how many students
--set up a draped space to work
--listen to 10 minutes of lecture about fiber reactive dye
--soak their silk in vinegar
--mix their dye
--dye the silk for (say) 15 minutes
--line up to zap their items in the microwave
--rinse and rinse and rinse their items in the nearest sink? (And will the
location go ballistic over that?)


Thursday, April 6, 2006

dye happy

Since things went so well yesterday I actually got a little dye work in. I dyed one of the cotton rib knit shoulder shrugs from Dharma with a shade called "black cherry" -- I'm pretty happy with the color, but not so happy that the shirt did shrink a good bit. Dang! I'm not sure it's still wearable. Well, if it's no good, I'll dye up the others as well and try to sell them to classmates.

I also started my series of veils that I think of as my "elementals" -- I want to make veils that evoke the feeling of earth, air, fire, and water. Last night I did "fire" with red, orange, and yellow dyes -- it's pretty nice! I'll try to have a picture on flickr soon. That darn red dye, though -- you rinse and rinse and rinse and rinse and there is still dye coming off. Arg.

For "water" I want to try to create something with pretty blues and either a "foam" feeling or "bubbles". Air will have pale lavenders and pale blues. Earth... I am still conflicted. Browns? Greens? Hmm.