Living Color


Surprising Hues for Fall

– Posted in: Color, Inspiration, Workshops

More from Arrowmont and the Great Smokies. Thistle and moss in the park and in the dyepot! Becky loves lavender, Elenor was inspired by the artichoke (which is an edible thistle after all), and Diana’s colors were straight from the mossy forest. The first post in this series from the True Colors workshop is here.

Winding Ways

– Posted in: Color, Inspiration, Workshops
Fall Color In the Smokies

Recently I had the opportunity to teach True Colors: Developing Your Personal Palette at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It is a very enjoyable place to learn and to teach. The facilities are wonderful, as are the meals. I had a group of very hard-working and accomplished students, who were eager to jump into color. As [...]

It’s Not Just Black and White

– Posted in: Workshops
abstract black and white

This summer I had a visit with my new grandson, who is five months old in this photo.  One of the fascinations with babies is watching how they grow and develop. I am aware of the research that shows babies’ fascination with black and white patterning, and so I included a lot of that in [...]

The Rainbow Connection

– Posted in: Discharge, Workshops
a double rainbow

I am in between trips, having just returned from Utah, and leaving shortly for Tennessee. It was a return trip for me to the wonderful Utah Surface Design Group, so I got to see some familiar faces and meet new friends too. The Dyeing to Discharge class was held in a spectacular setting in the [...]

Losing Color, Only To Find It Again

– Posted in: Discharge, Workshops
discharge, color removal

I’m settling back in after teaching for two weeks at ProChemical and Dye in Massachusetts. The first week was Dyeing to Discharge, which I have mentioned here and here. Above, Martha Robinson discusses some of her work in the workshop. So many students did gorgeous work! For a participant’s perspective, see what Jeanne Marklin had to say about the [...]


– Posted in: Discharge, Workshops

The creative possibilities of removing color from cloth continue to excite me. Illumination is one of the techniques I teach in my class called Dyeing to Discharge, which I mentioned in my last post. Simply put, it is the technique of replacing color — removing color and adding another at the same time. Above, Cindy [...]

The Mysteries of Color Removal

– Posted in: Discharge, Workshops
The Discharge Bath

Coming up in early summer at ProChem is my course called Dyeing to Discharge. Evocative, mysterious shadows reveal themselves in discharge techniques. A variety of patterning techniques will be explored, as we learn about both oxidative discharge (bleach) and reductive discharge (Thiox and deColourant) on both cotton and silk. This is such a fun class [...]