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As January comes to an end, there are first dyeing projects and first quilts of the year completed.

Along with my art quilt friends I had an all day dye session.

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I won’t “tag” anyone or even give a photo credit to protect the innocent.
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The first project we worked on was wet cyanotypes.
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One of the projects was low immersion dyeing.
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And on top of everything else we did ice dyeing! This is the first time I have successfully done this and I predict much more ice dyeing in the future.
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This was the first completed quilt of the new year. It uses hand dyed silks and cottons and is based on a photo I took of sunrise at the beach. Those who have seen the quilt automatically think it is a dramatic sunset. So now I am unsure how to name the quilt. Do I set the viewer straight identifying sunrise or do I go with the impression they have when they see it? I would love to hear your title suggestions.
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This is the second completed quilt. I call it “Breakfast with Betty.” The process includes painted fabric, sun printing, paint sticks, paint markers and stitching.

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New things to see…

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And new things to be made:

cyanotypes with pastels and wax…

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image transfers with Inktense pencils and wax…

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Van dyke brown printing…

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cyanotypes on paper from digital negatives…

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and botanical cyanotypes on fabric.

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I spent the best three days in a workshop with Anna Tomczak in her beautiful studio. She was so helpful and gracious and her photos and her books are incredible.

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We worked on image transfers with Chartpak Blender markers, with tape, and with lacquer thinner and we created cyanotypes on fabric and on paper. We combined these products into small bound pamphlets and books.  (Later in the year Anna will have workshops in Mexico and in France.  Mmmm what a good excuse to travel.)

Here is one of my image transfers…

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and a few of the cyanotypes.

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This is the front and the back cover of my as-of-yet unbound pamphlet. The front cover art was made using a colorful water color by Sean Michael Robinson (turned into a black and white image before using it to make a cyanotype.) The finished cover was dipped in wax.

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This is the inside of the front cover.

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Thought for the day provided by William Watt, photographer.

“True creativity is something that comes from somewhere deeper than the thinking mind. It is where insight, deep connections and true authenticity comes from.”

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Cyanotypes! Oh, no, a new addiction.

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The cyanotype on the left is printed on pretreated paper and is contact printed from an image on transparency film.  The one on the right is made from plants arranged on pre-treated fabric exposed to light. My imagination is running away with the possibilities, especially on fabric.

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