- Arts and Design
Fit To Be Tie Dyed
Surface Design Is A Passion Of Mine
Fiber Arts is an umbrella term for many types of arts and crafts, from paper-making to printing; Surface Design is getting imagery on (mainly) fabric, certainly not limited to. It's a vast subject that appeals to Art Quilters, Mixed Media Artists and Printmakers alike. It must be a daunting task for those looking to jump into the pool of creativity.
I went to trade school for Screen Process Printing and Photo Offset in the shadow of the World Trade Center, and it sparked my interest for all ways of creating Imagery on Fabric (and other surfaces too). All things Surface Design is a passion of mine.
Katazome: A Dyeing Art
Katazome (Kata means stencil or pattern) is like silkscreening but a paste resist (made from rice bran or komon nuka and Mochiko a sweet rice flour) is used. A stencil is skillfully cut from Katagami paper (laminated layers of rice paper that is treated with persimon juice) and a gauze-like screen material is adhered to the stencil with laquer paint. Sometimes dye is added to the paste (Nazome), or the paste can be applied with something that resembles a pastry bag (Tsutsugaki-Zome).
Soy Sizing / Mordant
Katazome Stencil Loaded with Paste
An Introduction To Katazome - Katazome Artist John Marshall
I just love John Marshall he is the founding father of Katazome in America; I have his book and video, and now he's on YouTube and he also has a web site and blog. John also gives classes around the country.
Katazome Wall Hanging On Hemp - You Asked For More Of My Work ...
... so here it is. I guess I'm a little modest. Lol
Rainbow Spiral Tie-Dye - The Classic Hippie Attire
A must have, great for spotting your people in a crowd (beach, amusement parks ...) except a Grateful Dead show. Lol
Resistance Is Futile - Occupy Your Studio
Here I'm applying a resist to a design and where it's place the dye wont go; hopefully, sometimes you'll get a breach, us artists prefer to call it "A Happy Accident".
Dyes, Resists & Other Dye Suppliers - Got Color?
I've done business with just about all of em'.
Everything You Need To Create Your Own Pop-Up Book
Make Money From Your Art - Other Artsy Sites and How To's
I'll try to turn you onto information about other crafters, teachers and supplies. Its' nice to share. CafePress is a good place to start, a basic store is free.
If your design sells, you can always have it printed by a silkscreen artist like myself.
- Puppetry/Wool Art Dolls
I liked this site.
- Make $$$ From Your Art with The Rosen Group
This is a great place to start if your interested in taking your crafts business to the next level. I attended the wholesale market where museum gift shops buy from artisans and serious crafters. It's a serious investment to do this show, they use t
This is new to me, yet another way to sell your wares online.
- Papier Mache
A very informative site, a must see for paper mache artists and those who are thinking about working in this medium.
- Surface Design Assoc.
If you are thinking of getting serious, this is a good place to start.
A Fiber Artists must have.
- Fiber Arts
Another fave of mine.
- F.I.T. - Fashion Institute of Technology
The Fashion Institute of Technology started out as a private school for the fashion industry; it is now a city school in the greatest city in the world.
The New School for Design
- Quilt In A Day
Eleanor Burns makes quilting look easy.
- HGTV Quilting
A good place for newbies.
- Fons and Porter
If you get the Create Channel on cable, this is a good show.
- The Quilt Show
Links to shows and all things quilting.
- Photo Fiddle
Put your photos or art on canvas, then embellish further.
- Photo Wow
Make stuff out of your art or photos.
Prints from your digital photos.
Share photos with family, get prints from photos and make cool gifts too.
- Kodak Gallery
What more can I say, its a name you grew up with.
Surface Design Book I Like
Marbled, Marbleized, Marbling ... - Call it what you will ...
... I floated paints on fabric and this is the end result (and one of my favorites).
What type of Surface Design and Fiber Arts are you interested in? Do produce Art, if so what do you make? What advice do you have for High School Students who are putting together a portfolio? Or just stop by say "Hi" and let me know what you think.