Today I had a lovely day with my good friend Grant as he taught me the art of tie dye.

Similar to my love of paper folding I really enjoyed the ‘hands on’ quality to this practise. Fabric was an interesting medium to work with offering its own strengths and contraints. It was maleable yet unstructured which meant it was easy to shape however hard to set in place. We folded, scrunched and manipulated the fabric using string and house hold ‘instruments’ like cutlery.

Grant, who has practised these techniques many times before introduced me to the main principles yet warned that the results are never quite predictable.

Below is the basic order to which we operated:

01. fabric manipulation (twisting, pinching, concertina folding etc) 02. fixing the form tightly with a combination of string and elastic bands 03. soaking the fabric in a chlorine solution for approx. 15 mins 04. applying the ink (purchased from 'Spotlight'. 05 The fabric is placed into a plastic bag and left for 24hrs it is then rinsed thoroughly.

All in all it was a fun way to spend a Sunday. Thanks Grant for your patience and Tie Dye expertise. Can’t wait to see the finished creations!

* All images by Thebowernest (Caitlin Perry) please credit if used. 




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  1. Rachel #
    April 15, 2012

    Takes me back to year 7 textiles class where we made a tie dye calico sewing bag!

    • April 15, 2012

      Oh I’d completely forgotten about that! Hehe The school was tight though so we only got to work with one colour! mine was just blue and white and my sewing was horrendous…

  2. Milly #
    April 15, 2012

    Where’s the finished product?

    • April 16, 2012

      Hey Milly, hope to have the finished products up sometime this week- they are still setting… Cheers 🙂

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