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October Treat

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This piece of silk was dyed using only one color of dye.  Yes one color.  Though two colors are visible.  What happened you ask?  Well to get technical some molecules of dye are larger than others.  When the fabric is bound (a method of resist) as this piece of silk was some of the dye is prevented from passing through while other areas are able to take up the dye at different rates.  The result is a variegated color.  You can see some parts of this section are darker while some areas don’t seem to have any dye at all.  The color change that occurred here is just where some of  the dye molecules were able to penetrate – a pathway of least resistance. The results were interesting and surprising.

But apart from all the techno mumbo jumbo I just like the way this particular piece turned out.  Love that scary ghoul that appeared – see the bottom left hand side of the picture.

This piece is part of a private collection.

Dyed silk - detail