This is a method of using fiber-reactive dyes mixed with a thickening paste to create a resist that gradually deconstructs, giving a series of similar-but-different prints. Although other artists have taught this technique, I love my "Deconstructed Screen Printing" DVD by Kerr Grabowski. I had taken a mark-making workshop with her a few years ago, at QSDS (Quilt Surface Design Symposium). She's an adorable gal with a fun personality and a very laid-back teaching style that nevertheless gives you ALL the information you need. I highly recommend her DVD, as it is two disks chock full of instructions, demonstrations, recipes for the techniques, and humor.
To get back to my DSP'd fabrics, after batching them I was pleased to see how well the colors held up, and thought I'd post a few of them here. These happen to be all cottons, but it works very well with rayons and silks, too.
|The stereotypical rubber gloves used as resist. I just had to try it.|
(The dark blue line through the top is probably from having
wrapped the fabric for batching while it was still too wet.)
|This image shows the further deterioration (or deconstruction)|
of the glove-printed resist. I love this color contrast.
|Grasses ... I believe some of the grasses were still|
stuck on the screen during this first printing.
|Here, the grasses have mostly been removed from the screen,|
and the printed dyes are darker where they had adhered.
|This is one of the final prints from the grasses.|
|I'm calling these mono-screen-prints, because the dyes were|
simply screened through a blank screen. This actually shows 4
separate passes over the screen. Love the streakiness.
|As I was packing up to leave, I just had to try another|
mono-screen-print over a commercial fabric.
|I'm so glad I used prepared fabrics (pre-soaked in soda-ash |
solution) as my mop-cloths. These are kind of funky, but I might
be able to figure out something to do with them.
|And last but not least ... my friend Liz Broussard gave me some of her|
dye powders to test out the ice-dyeing method (similar to snow-dyeing).
I really loved the outcome on this piece, and can't wait to do more.