More geodes done with the coffeepot dye method. This time I used dry dye and soda ash mix on dry shirts. I think I prefer dying like this on damp shirts. It seems that the dye sticks to the cloth a little better and the colors flow and blend a little easier. I especially like the way the brown and turquoise on the third shirt blended into a nice teal color. I will remember that when mixing colors in the future. I also need to tighten up the sinew a little more. I would like to get more defined lines. So it goes. Message me if you are interested in one of these.
Here are a couple of shirts inspired by the astrological sun sign, Aries. The heart is a Fruit of the Loom crewneck size XL, the arch is A FOL crewneck size S. $20 each. Look for them on my my online store. The reds on each shirt are deeper and less orange than appear in the photographs (Reds are a bitch to shoot, just saying). The designs are on both the front and the back of the shirts.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, symbolized by the Ram and ruled by the planet Mars. In traditional western astrology people born from March 21-April 19 are generally considered to be Aries people and may exhibit the general characteristics attributed to that Sun sign.
The time for Aries is the beginnings of Spring in the northern hemisphere. It is a cardinal, positive, fire sign symbolized by the Ram and traditionally ruled by the red planet Mars. The Earth is warming up, the days are growing longer, hibernating animals are waking up, plants are starting to sprout and bud. People are recovering from cabin fever brought on by the confines of winter.
Aries can be explosive and sudden, passionate and intense. Think of the mythological god, Mars, who took no shit from anyone. Aries rules the first house of the chart; the beginnings of things, the self, the ego. The Ram will lower his horns and charge ahead at full speed. Look for the people in the room who are goal oriented, outspoken, take-charge types; assertive, loyal, commandos who may seem to be self-centered but do not hesitate to slay any dragon that threatens those they love. Chances are there is a prominant Aries in their natal chart.
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Health problems and weather have finally given way and I have been able to get back into the garage and start experimenting again. These are “warm-up” shirts, exercises in color mixing to get back into the groove. Plans, oh, do I have big plans now! The challenge will be to get the images into my head translated into fabric. I have started to name my custom colors mixes after friends who have made particular requests. In the mix up there you will find Zim’s Purple and Tom’s Yellow. Let’s just hope my notebook survives the splattering. I still have Technicolor hands.
These are what is left of the last batch of 6. I am flattered that friends grabbed the others before I could photograph them. The one on the far left with the big red spiral is already spoke for but the other two are available for adoption.
Middle shirt, purple and green, Fruit of the Loom me’s size large crewneck. $25 includes shipping and taxes.
Right shirt, dropped spiral, FOTL men’s V-neck size 2x (I think it would be fun as a woman’s sleep shirt) $30 includes shipping and taxes.
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Fly your flag, peeps! Full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes! Much love to all of you.
This is an experiment, not a production piece but I am finally back at it! It is exciting to see if I can make the shirt that is in my head. If it turns out the way I want it to I will write down what I have done and do it again. In the meantime, I have an appointment in a couple of hours and will show up with bright blue hands. *Shrug*. . . . after all, it IS the Equinox today and I often make jokes about painting myself blue on high holy days.
Happy Spring, ya’ll. Stay tuned.
I was having a nice phone conversation with someone today who wanted to see this site. As we were discussing the content I realized that there is a lot more stuff on Facebook than there is here. What I post here is automatically posted to FB, but it is not the other way around (Fie on you, Mark Zuckerburg!) So here is stuff you may not have seen.
I have been at it again and for some reason turquoise was the dominant color. I have great intentions of adjusting my palette, but it did not happen this go ’round. I love multicolored spirals, but even then that blue color dominated the scene.
I did get away from the blue to try out some corporate colors for a local business.
And then there was practicing origami folds.
A new black dye. I like this one a lot. The black is deeper and richer. It still breaks at the edges into gray and purple but when I am not deliberately causing it to break, it looks like it will be a true, deep black.
And the final set of experiments. Another origami like fold, although I refuse to make cute little animals out of t-shirts, but I like the black. I was trying for a Barney purple and got pokeberry instead.