Fabric dying

To better my skills, I’ve decided to buy colourless fabrics and dye them myself using my own dye baths. I think this was the best decision for me as a designer to get to grips with the best dyes for my designs and the right measurements needed for certain colours.

Having undergone my field 1 module with David Fitzjon, I feel as though I had a better knowledge of how to mix the colours that I needed, and this was definitely true. I think I underestimated how beneficial the module would be to myself, and having spoken to Steve I now know that the skills I learn’t with David will carry me through to third year when it will be part of our module to learn how to mix dyes properly. So I’m definitely heading into third year full of confidence!

 
devoré velvet having been in a navy dye bath for 1 minute to give a frosted blue colour. 

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Field 1 self reflection

As a whole, I’ve found the module entertaining and very helpful. As a textiles student Colour theory is a massive part of our work, and so I decided it would be beneficial to me to chose this option, and I wasn’t dissappointed. ALthough the first couple of sessions were seasions that I’d already done in my subject module, it was handy to re visit them and better my skills with understanding the colour wheel. 

After completing our colour wheel tasks we then went on to match colours from magazines that we’d been asked to bring in, this wasn’t something that I was familiar with however, I was perfectly comfortable and managed to mix the colours quite easily which David also commented on.  

the rest of the module included us matching colours to natural substances and experimenting with our own colour ways. My main issue with my colours was that Helen had commented that I needed to focus on my colour board, which ive focused in on and as a result of learning how to mix various colours including black (which i had no idea that you could mix out of basic primary colours) I feel that I’ve now bettered my colour theory as a result of these workshops. 

As a designer, I’m more of a ‘hands on’ kind of artist, in that all of my prints are done by hand and all of my fabrics are dyed using my own dye baths. Having spoken to Steve, I’ve also learnt that the skills ive attained on this module will be very beneficial to me in third year when we will be learning how to correctly measure out dyed in order to achieve the desired colour, and having already experimented with that on this module, I’m now confident going into third year that I’ll have a good understanding of the tasks that we’ll be given. 

As a whole, I don’t think i could’ve chosen a more suited option for field one, and am confident that the skills i have learn’t on this module will continue to benefit me throughout my studies.


Experimentation – dye mixing

Now that our actual workshops have come to an end we have a week and a half to experiment and come up with our own pieces. As a textiles designer paints wouldn’t be the most sufficient way of experimenting as it wouldn’t tie in with my work, so my decision was to mix dye baths with a variety of primary colours to try and get the desired colour to go with my colour pallette.

Using royal blue with a touch of black, red with a touch of navy blue, turquoise and a few others, I managed to create the dye baths that fit in with my colours perfectly, that will go well with all of my subject work.