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Wednesday, 29 February 2012
It is no secret that I love colour and I love dye things pretty colours.
I kind-of-sort-of want a poodle~ a white one, just so I can dye it!

I am also blessed to have good friends who share this passion (and who also go out in public with multi-coloured hands on occasion...) that I regard as colleagues in the tribe of mom/artisans.
And I decided to ask them some questions about their dyeing, to get their perspective on our shared passion/compulsion for colour!

First, I asked Kristi of  Tickety Bu ~ hand dyed bamboo luxuries for home and family...
 What do you dye? Any plant based fabric. Seriously, I'll dye just about anything.
How long have you been dyeing? If I told you that I'd be giving away my age and a southern gal never gives away her age. Seriously though, I've been dyeing for 13 years, professionally for 5.
Do you wear gloves? If not what colour are your hands most often? I wear gloves all the time. I occasionally will see something I want to fix and start poking around in the dye with my bare hands, and it always seems to be the blue colorways that call to me that way. My shirts tend to be spotted with pink, apparently I get a little too crazy when stirring up the pink.
What is your favourite shade of green? Chartreuse. All the others pale in comparison to the fantasticness that is chartreuse.

Is there one colour that you really dislike working with? why? Honestly, I hate working with brown, which is a darn shame because I love it so. I keep at it though, mixing new browns in search of the perfect neutral shade. It's my white whale.
What keeps you inspired to dye again each time? I don't have to search far for inspiration. Being a visual person I automatically either see colorways in things or I see numbers in things. I'm always going back and forth between the two, math on one hand, color palettes on the other. Math, color. Math, color. It's a little crazy.
What was your worst dye spill (you must have had one?) I am too anal retentive to have bad spills and I keep a set of kitchen cloth around to catch the little ones, but I have poured a color for one bin into another that was already complete. A new colorway was certainly born that day!
What is your favourite colourway that you dye right now? Katie because it's so different in the dye bath than when it's all dried and done. I'm fickle though, I don't keep one favorite long.

Then, I asked Angela of Wild Coconut Wear (formerly Wild Child Woolies) ~ dyer of diapering wool, applique artist and embroiderer....
 What do you dye? Mostly wool interlock fabric, sometimes plant fibers like cotton or bamboo.
How long have you been dyeing? for business, about 5 years.
Do you wear gloves? If not what colour are your hands most often? Nope. If I'm LWI (low water immersion) dyeing I'm probably sticking my hands in there multiple times so probably a rainbow, but it ends up just looking muddy. Right now they're kind of blue/gray. The cuticles are always the last to hold color so that makes me look like I don't wash my hands or something, or maybe have been working on a greasy car.
What is your favourite shade of green? I like bright colors, so probably in the lime green family.
 Is there one colour that you really dislike working with? why? Hmm...probably red because it's hard not to end up with pink.
What keeps you inspired to dye again each time? The curiosity of wondering what mixing new colors will look like.
What was your worst dye spill (you must have had one?) Oh I spill lots of dye! I spilled yellow dye solution on the dog last summer. Recently I spilled about 1/2 a jar of blue dye in powder form all over my washer/dryer. I'm constantly getting dye on my clothes because I don't wear an apron, either. I never seem to learn my lesson about considering what I'm wearing first.

And finally, I thought I would answer the questions myself as a silk painter and dyer for Beneath the Rowan Tree...

What do you dye? Primarily silk, but I began as a cotton dyer and I also love to dye wool and bamboo.
How long have you been dyeing?  I have been dyeing professionally for 5 years with many years and many home and camp dyeing projects before that!
Do you wear gloves? If not what colour are your hands most often? Never. I have chronic eczema as a result, but I need to feel my fabric.  The blue seems to stay the longest~ I once had to meet a family about doing a funeral with one entirely blue hand. And when I have been needlefelting, the dye works its way into all of the little holes in my fingertips, creating an interesting pointillism tattoo effect!
What is your favourite shade of green? I love celery green~ a washy watered down chartreuse, I suppose!

Is there one colour you really dislike working with? why? Purple.  I have searched high and low, blended and mixed and I still can't get *quite* the shade of violet I am after.  And purple is very touchy on silk~ heat, amount of acid, tides and the alignment of the planets (not really...!) all seem to change how purple comes out of the dye pot on any given day.
What keeps you inspired to dye again each time? The choas and the beauty of the colours.  My method means no two pieces are ever the same, and while I know that colour theory always applies, it is still a wonder to unfold a finished silk and see the colour playing across the fabric in a new way every time!
What was your worst dye spill (you must have had one?) I am very careful when silk dyeing, because I do it in the kitchen.  But I did have a nasty spill when dyeing cotton~ a large container of deep brown dye was knocked off the basement table INTO a pile of clean laundry~ my good work clothes.  thankfully I was doing LWI and had not added the soda ash (which creates the binding reaction) and was able to wash most of it out right away!
What is your favourite colorway that you dye right now? I have favourites that I love because they are reliable, ones that I love because they are not.  But right now I am enamoured with a new colorway (to be named), pictured below.... orange and blue do wacky wonderful things together!
I hope you enjoyed this insight into the colour addled minds of three dyers! 
I would love to do more interviews about various artistic processes... any volunteers or suggestions?
Add them in the comments!♥♥

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