ECO DYING, ECO PRINTING AND SHIBORI...
I discovered these techniques when I some years ago did a workshop in ECO PRINTING with Fabienne Ray in the south of France. She herself has learned her technique from India Flint, an Australian textile artist doing wonderful works with plants and flowers.
ECO DYING is a process where leaves, flowers and other plant materials are used as the colour source in the dye bath. So many leaves and flower makes fantastic colours!
Before putting the fabric in the bath it could be folded in different ways, where parts are hidden, that will stay white. You can find so many different techniques of this on Internet!
The ECO PRINTING is the speciality of India Flint when the leaves are positioned on the fabric, rolled up tightly around a stick (a bundle) and processed in simmering water. It works very well also with a steam bath! The impressions left on the fabric are from the pigments released by the leaf. Some leaves like the eucalyptus leave magic drawings on the fabric and the colours depend on a lot of things...the metal of the vat, the preparations of the fabric etc.
I really enjoy today using eco printing and eco dying together with my silkscreen images in different ways! To work with eco dying is to CREATE WITH NATURE. You can't control the process - it is always a surprise! See my silk cloths
INDIGO AND PASTEL dying is very different and more "chemical" but even more "magic". When the fabric is taken out from the vat it comes in contact with oxygen, which turns the colour yellow-green into wonderful blues nuances...
I used this at home to do my collection for TERRE DE PASTEL.
Wonderful textile artists using these techniques: