Living in Sedona opened me to a wonderful new world of color. As a self-taught artist, I developed a process of dying silk based on the traditional Japanese craft form called Arashi Shibori. Arashi in Japanese means “storm”. Shifting diagonal patterns evoking rain or water are characteristic of Arashi Shibori. This hand dyed process insures a subtle but irregular composition in the pattern, creating a unique color delicacy that conveys a modern simplicity.
Invented in 1880 by Kameze Suzuki of Aritmatsu for the production of indigo colored cotton, this method over time created more than 100 different patterns. Fabric hand wrapped on tapered wooded poles was compressed into folds, tied and dipped in tough shaped dye vats. Kimonos were sewn from the finished cloth.
The process I use involves folding silk and wrapping the folded pieces on PVC pipe followed by tieing string along the pipe before the silk is compressed by hand. Dye is poured over the silk, after which the silk is allowed to sit for several hours as the dye sets. The silk is unwrapped, rinsed and then the process is repeated an additional time to achieve the desired level of complexity. Prior to wrapping, the silk is dyed one color.
I use a combination of dyes with the final third dye application by brush, using a silk dye which is set by steam.
Each piece is unique. Even allowing for the use of similar color stories, the dye application varies each time producing unexpected results that are often pleasing.