Saturday, March 28, 2009

More new members!

I just added 3 new guild members to my list on the right side... that brings our total to 18! Lots of neat items for sale that are reminiscent of the 60's... go check 'em out!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Stitched tie-dye designs

One of my most popular patterns is a stitched design that comes out looking like a fern. I draw 's' shaped lines over my shirt, then use dental floss to make a running stitch that follows the drawn lines. Here are a few examples of the dyed design:
All three of the dyed items above were done using the same method, but the dye blended and acted differently on each one, making these one of a kind... it's what I love about tie-dye!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Guest Blogger of the Week - Journi

Broken 4 Art not only has an amazing shop, but she's also an amazing person. She's creative, inspiring, and supportive of all of the members of our group in so many ways. So, grab a cup of coffee, and let me introduce you to the artist behind the name! :)

How did you come up with your shop name?

"7 years ago, I found myself dealing with some life changing decisions that forced me to take a road never traveled. Facing personal challenges, I listened to the 'voice within' that suggested I start a journey into brokenness, acceptance, and wholeness. I knew that I needed to trust myself to take a road that I had always wanted to take, but I just never had the courage to do so. I have always had a dream to be an artist who worked in a studio creating art for my life and livelihood. But, somewhere along the road, I took that "Get A Real Job" road which only took me to a dead end. I slowly became aware that the brokenness that I was experiencing was actually a gift and a chance to take that step of faith to create the life that I always dreamed of. So, the name Broken 4 Art came from this experience. I was literally Broken For Art."

What inspired you do create your first mosaic?
"During my time of re-self discovery, I was at a bookstore looking at art books and I came across a mosaic book by Kaffee Fassett & Candace Bahouth. The page that I opened to, in that book, showed a face that was mosaic'd (the page before the contents page). As I took a hard look at that face, I realized that the mosaic face was like a portrait of me and where my life had been taken to. At first, that face scared me to the point that I had to look away...I looked away to the page to the left and as I did, I saw some beautiful mosaic flowers! I looked back at the mosaic face and then again to those flowers. I knew, right then, that I had arrived to where I was suppose to go next in my life - to become a mosaic artist...a Shard mosaic artist. I was to take broken found and forgotten items and place them back together in order to make something new from all of the brokenness before me."

Has mosaic art lead you to any other art forms, or been a lead to any other passions?
"My mosaic art lead me to my passion to try to keep our world cleaner by using reused, reclaimed items solely for my art. It has also renewed my passion for macro photography - finding beauty in things that we often miss."

Where does your inspiration come from?
"I don't sketch out any designs. Instead, I allow the design to emerge from where they are at that point in time. To me, a broken shard has it's own design, color, history. To start a mosaic piece, I look at shards and found items that I have around me and allow each item to determine whether it should be included or not. I know when a design is flowing when I find that my heart, and not my head, is at peace with it."

Do you have any mosaic daydreams? there one thing that you dream of being able to create someday?
"I desire to share this wonderful art form with others. It is my goal to create a Mosaic Artist 'gathering place...a commune'. A place where new and established mosaic artists come together with the common goal to create art, from broken creations, in order to restore unity and rest through each new mosaic piece. I long to create a place of creative safety with the hopes that each artist will find personal freedom in whatever they choose to do with their art and life."
Is being an artist your full-time job? What other jobs or hobbies consume your time?
"Even though my art business takes a lot of my time during the day, my art life will never be a "job". I'm a firm believer that everyone should do only what they love for a living and out of that will bring the harmony that all of us strive for in life. I believe that is the path to the Peace in this world. We just need to have faith in what we do and the rest will take care of itself....
Chasing squirrels while mowing my 'back 40' on my riding lawn mower and taking care of my fur-kids consumes the rest of my time! I love going to garage/estate sales to find more treasures for my art! I also love to chat online with my "Piece Makers" friends."
Tell us ,briefly, about your family.
"I am single and I live alone with my three fur-kids. I was young when both of my parents passed on around 25 years ago."

Why are you "Stuck In The 60's"?
I loved the loud music, the colorful beads, the long hair, the freedom from "petal pushers" - which led me to living in my bell bottom jeans, the vibrant colors that jumped alive when the black-light came on, lava lamps that could take me away to far away places, the freedom to say what I really felt, make love not war....Ahhh, the memories! Why would I want to leave...the 60's?
Please visit Broken 4 Art 's Studios to see all of the pictured pieces, and MUCH more of her beautiful & inspired art!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring Fling coming!

Hey, all you hippiewear fans! Be sure to check out my shop this weekend, Friday March 20 thru Sunday, March 22 I and several of my other Stuck in the 60's Guild members are having a Spring Fling Sale! Time to start stocking up for summer! Here are links to the sale shops:

tiedyejudy that's me! Colorful, affordable tie-dye clothing for the whole family!
maggmania fun jewelry and other adornments
michiganhemp quality hand-made hemp items
Java723 beautiful hand-made jewelry
2dye4DistinctiveTieDye another great source for classic, well done tie-dye clothing!

We are all busy getting ready for the sale, and hope you will stop in and browse, maybe take home some great bargains! And don't forget to tell all your friends, family, co-workers, strangers on the street! We look forward to seeing you all this weekend!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

There's more than one way...

I don't do much tied dyeing anymore, at least not as much as I used to. And I really don't do 'shapes' much. Mostly because they don't come out as well as I would like them to! One shape that I have requests for is the Peace Symbol, which is a real bear to tie, then get the dye to go where I want it and not spatter everywhere else! Well, I got an idea... probably not new, but new for me... the other day, and decided to make a screen with the symbol so I could print it over a dyed shirt. Duh! What a great idea! So I made the screen, dyed the shirt, then used dishwasher gel with bleach to 'discharge' or remove the dye, therefore creating the image:

I think if I had it to do over, I would make the image a little larger and the lines a little thicker. But it's a start, and I can always make another screen! Far out!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Guest Blogger of the Week - Rachel Bates

One of my fellow Stuck in the 60's guildmembers is Rachel Bates of tilesmile. Rachel makes wonderful tiles and other clay items, and ... well, I'm going to let her tell you about herself and her work!

I'm a full time studio potter living in North Texas. It seems that words have evolved into the work I do - when I think back I've always been interested in language and in the impact of words, whether spoken or written. I began my love for red clay many years ago after taking a workshop with Ron Meyers at Arrowmont School and have never turned back.

I think making tiles satisfies my architectural roots being raised by an architect and an artist. The words that go on them come from a desire to make people feel something and connect with each other in a warm and wonderful way. A tilesmile is sort of like a greeting card that people don't throw away. I've got plenty of paper cards that I have recieved - they are in a filing cabinet because I can't throw them out. But a tilesmile is different. It conveys a message that can be put on a desk or installed in a kitchen - a daily endearment, a funny word, or an inspirational statement. I've even done songs for people to install in their shower, so they can sing while they scrub.I'm also a painter - watercolor mostly, but love painting in encaustics too.

In clay I also make custom sinks and backsplashes, stove backsplashes, and lots of bowls of abundance. All of these items can be viewed at my website Say it with a SMILE and a handmade TILE!
Thanks, Rachel! And don't forget you can buy her beautiful work at her ArtFire shop tilesmile!
Next week, my guest blogger will be a very talented Mosaic artist... stop by Friday, March 20th, and you can read about her fabulous work!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My love affair with 'Scrunch dyeing'

For the first several years after I started tie-dyeing, I did folded and tied patterns almost exclusively. The few times I attempted a 'scrunch', which is where you crumple up the garment and randomly apply dye, the results were less than good... they were really bad! But a few years ago, I found instructions on line at Paula Burch's 'All About Hand Dyeing website, and I have been a fan ever since. Actually, Paula properly refers to the technique as 'Low Water Immersion' dyeing, because the amount of liquid used is very small compared to vat dyeing. But the 'scrunching' of the item to be dyed remains one of the basic components that creates the beautiful, organic colors and patterns. Here are a few examples of what I'm talking about:

This one is a 2-stage dye job: Bubble gum pink first, then the second layer is deep black.

This one was done with 3 colors in one dye bath: Orchid, Lilac and Bronze
This is one color - camel! But it 'bleeds' out to a peachy shade, and also there is a hint of pale blue. This happened to be done on a cotton/spandex combination, and the addition of spandex adds to the pattern, I think.
The thing I love about 'scrunch' dyeing, is they are truly one-of-a-kind items! I could dye a dozen shirts using the same dye, and they would all come out looking unique. That's what it's all about!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

More Tie dye Patterns

Here are a few more patterns I have learned to create over the years:




Some of these are fairly easy to tie and dye, others take a lot more effort. I am currently working to come up with a way to use screens to print some of these designs, rather than tie them as that application would be a little quicker to make them, I think. Stay tuned!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Busy day, new Guild members!

I was a busy gal yesterday... not only did I write the post about tie-dye here, but I added over 20 new items to my shop! Today I'm doing some color experimenting... I have a couple of new shades: Peach, Moss Green, and a couple of shades I've had for awhile: Baby Pink and Sage Green. So I'm dyeing some shirts to see how the new colors look, and will probably be doing some more dyeing over the next week. Every time I mix some dyes, I always end up with some leftovers, and I hate to waste them! So what usually happens is I use them to create new color combos. Since most of the dyeing I do these days is 'Low Water Immersion' dyeing, that means I get to make dye goulash! I know, it doesn't sound very appealing, but I get some 'knock your socks off' combos that way!
BTW, before I forget, we have new members in my ArtFire Guild, 'Stuck in the 60's ', tilesmile and spoiledbratzwear! I have added their shop links on the sidebar to the right... go check them out, tilesmile makes fab tiles, with really neat words and images and spoiledbratzwear makes too cute doggie apparel!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Tie-dye patterns

Everyone is familiar with the Rainbow Swirl pattern of tie-dye:

This is probably one of my best selling patterns... colorful, cheery, but it also appeals to the 'non-conformist' in us! But this is only one of many patterns that have developed over the years.

Did you know that tie-dye evolved from 'Shibori', a dyeing method that is thousands of years old?

Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, or compressing it. Some of these methods are known in the West as tie-dye. Western civilization does not have an exact word equivalent that encompasses all the techniques of shibori. Tie-dye simply covers binding methods of dyeing, known as bound resist.

Here are a few more patterns I have used over the 10+ years I have been tie-dyeing:
Double Swirl with diagonal stripe

Variegated Stripe using clamps

Double Lightning Bolt

Mountain and Sun stitched design


Circles, clamp resist using tin can lids
These are just a few of the patterns you can create with tie-dye... more to come!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

More new members!

We have two new members joining 'Stuck in the 60's Guild, fellow dyer Jo at 2Dye4Distinctive Tiedye, and Michigan Hemp, home of some really awesome hemp jewelry! Welcome!
I am almost finished adding our group to my links section, where you can visit the shops of our guild members. I am still populating my storefront... seems like I will never get everything posted! But soon... meanwhile, stay tuned. I have my first 'Artist of the Week' article due any second, and I think you will be amazed at this lovely lady's artistic talents!
More soon,