BOTANICAL INKS Plant-to-Print Dyes, Techniques and ProjectsFrancescaPalange
Author: Babs Behan
Photography: Kim Lightbody
Each section opens with an evocative two-page photograph.
Photos of nature, including close ups of leaves and flowers, images of collecting plants along country roads, detail of materials, containers, and the studio and work table, run through the book. Together with the expansive, articulate, and well-researched text, they create a narrative.
This book was conceived of as a guide, but also a travel and experimentation companion for those who wish to try dyeing at home. And experimentation is the appropriate word to use here because, although there is a standard method to dyeing, you can produce infinite variations depending on materials available (mordants, dyestuffs, or fabrics), skill, and imagination.
The author shares her knowledge while recognising that everyone will produce something completely original and unique in their studio.
Section by section (Botanical inks, Fibres, Mordants and modifiers, Making dyes, Dye colours, Dyeing techniques, and Projects), Babs guides the reader as they experiment with mordants, dye baths, animal and vegetable fibres, dye preparations, colours, and techniques.
In short, this book is a precious companion as you learn and experiment in your own studio.
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