Itajime

Now, this is Itajime. Fiberarts Magazine (March/April 2003) features the same artist, Angelina DeAntonis, here.

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  1. Angelina DeAntonis Says:

    These pieces were created by first dyeing with a base dye color in plant dyes. Once the first color is dyed, the fabric is then folded carefully, and by using a very hot iron the folds are held better in place. Then the folded fabric gets wooden shapes arranged on both top and bottom of the fabric, and it is then bound with spring tension clamps. If the folded fabric is too large to reach into the center of the wood shapes, I use long boards and string. This is the traditional method for putting pressure on the boards to create a resist. In places of more pressure, you will get more resist, and sharper edges. Itajime can really draw one through the effect of light emerging from the fabric, where you see a fuzzy bleed in from the dyes, and sometimes you get color separation as the bleed in occurs. Also, there is a “mono-print” that is created from the pre-dyed wooden blocks, which makes a print on the surface they contact. The wrap skirt has been bound and over-dyed 2 separate times, washed and dried in between each folding to create the 3 color combination. Thanks for including my work in your blog.

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