Here’s a peek into my dyeing in progress for the Living Guestbook installation.
When I’m dyeing for an installation I find it helpful to lay out the spectrum of color as I go. In cases like this one where I want a fairly balanced spectrum this is especially helpful. So far this is the spectrum the dyeing I’ve done yields. Looking at this the holes become more obvious. Also, different from dyeing for Identity Tapestry is that need to keep the spectrum lighter and not go too far into darks or the writing won’t show as well.
This prompted a return to the fabric store for a few lighter bases to start from. They really look easter-egg to me all together like this, but I’m using them for their potential for over-dyeing and the way they fit into the whole.
Yes, I could do everything starting at a base of white, but I find over-dyeing yields much richer colors. Also in the case of many of these fabrics, the weave already had two different colors (the warp might be blue and the weft gold, giving it a color-change look).Tthat’s something I can’t do dyeing over plain white fabric, but if I over-dye it, changes in both colors come through. That again adds a layer of depth to the colors I’m working with. I can also always go back and over-dye again as many times as I like, giving me even more layers of color coming through, especially when I use techniques that dye unevenly.
You can really see the depth in the colors when you look closely at a given strip of fabric.
***Update*** spectrum after today’s work: