Playful Fabric Printing Blog Hop Roundup!

– Posted in: Uncategorized

I hope you have been enjoying the Playful Fabric Printing Blog Hop Giveaway! Today, Melly and I are sharing another peek at the terrific group of bloggers who are reviewing and writing about our book. I am introducing Julie FeiFan Balzer, Lynn Krawcyzk, Carrie Bloomston, and Leslie Tucker Jenison. For interesting tidbits on the other [...]

Interpreting a Design with Stamps–and a Blog Hop!

– Posted in: Book

To say we are excited about the release of our new book Playful Fabric Printing would be an understatement of the highest order! To celebrate our launch, Melly and I have invited a number of super artists and surface designers to share their first impressions of our book with you. Each day this week, if [...]

Chromaticity: Flat and Glowing

– Posted in: Workshops

In the above photo, the glow is caused by the sun rising behind an “ice cube”–a large fragment of a glacier washing up on the black sand beach. In fabric, we don't have the sun shining through our work, but we can still create glowing effects. This is one of the photos I took while traveling [...]

Pre-Order Sale!

– Posted in: Book, Color, Mixing Color

Oh My Goodness! I have gotten a bit behind here, what with a lot of travel the last three months. Coupeville. Iceland. Vancouver. Reno. NYC. More on that later--because there's news about our book! We have a title! We have a cover! And, we have a pre-order sale! Playful Fabric Printing, by Carol Soderlund and Melanie Testa, delves [...]

Big News on the Horizon

– Posted in: Book, Color, Inspiration, Mixing Color
Brayer Loaded with Red Dye

The day is here—the day I can tell you what has been going on in the studio for more than the last year.... A book! Yes, a book! I am delighted to partner with Melanie Testa, my co-author, and to bring you a work from our hearts on color and surface design. What is the icing [...]

Layers Upon Layers at ProChemical & Dye

– Posted in: Uncategorized, Workshops
screen printing with Procion MX Dyes

The second week at Pro-Chem was all about printing with thickened dyes. Layers Upon Layers is one fun class to teach, especially when I have such a terrific and willing group of 14 students! In no time at all we were prepping screens both big and small for our week-long adventure with silkscreens, thermofax screens, [...]

Mixing Up the Color

– Posted in: Color, Mixing Color, Uncategorized, Workshops
hand-dyed cloth

The last month has been filled with teaching. First off, I traveled to Fairfield Iowa, the home of Blue Fish. They are an indie clothing company—all organic and natural fabrics, designed, made and sewn in the USA, and hand-printed right in Fairfield. They have a passionate following and group of collectors, reaching back 30 years. [...]

Layering in Florida

– Posted in: Workshops
Layered Printmaking

  Last week I was so fortunate to escape the never-ending snow and head to Florida to spend a week with the Fiber Forum, a group of embroiderers within the Embroiderer’s Guild of America. We dyed, we stitched, we screened, we waxed, we thermofaxed, we discharged—WE LAYERED IT ALL! See some of the students pieces. [...]

Smiling Faces

– Posted in: Color, Discharge
The face of discharge

Spring and summer passed in a blur of workshops, travel, and an intensive writing project. I am taking a bit of a deep breath before fall classes begin next month. In the next few blog posts, I hope to revisit some of the wonderful experiences of recent months. First up, my most recent workshops at [...]