We want to share our experiences while studying and creating with textiles and dyes for many years.
Which led to weaving cloth for jackets and coats.
Her first works were throw rugs.
While in high school Joan was designing and making clothes for herself. After college, teaching, homemaking and the three children had left the nest, she returned to her love of fabric and colors with a weaving loom.
The stores loved the garments but suggested the they be lined. Joan did not think much of covering the inside of a colorful garment with a bland lining. As she was already an accomplished dyer of silk yarns, dyeing the linings with Shibori techniques was quite easy and great fun.
Dyeing a lot of Ikat yarn, mixing up colors, relates nicely to silk Shibori linings and garments.
The one time linings naturally work well as jackets and dresses.
There is no end to the variations of designs with surface design including what is now recognized as international Shibori.For some time now we have been developing methods to apply some of the surface design techniques to lambskin. As usual we are approaching the task with DIY equipment and in a small studio setting.We must admit to a spark of delight when, after some disappointments, something new appears beyond expectations.
There are several solid colors of lambskins awaiting ideas to transform them into some more artful form. Because they are from the fauna family like silkworms, the handling is much the same.