Monday, February 19, 2018

Ocean View

Sometimes it feels right to step back and let the fabrics speak for themselves:  "Marbled, gelatin-plate printed, Procion MX dyed pimatex cotton, polyester organza."
8" x 10" Ocean View, photo and copyright Amy Mackinaw

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Alaskan Winter Moon

Techniques of surface design: hand-dye, marbling, gelatin-plate printing, free-motion machine quilting and beadwork, collaged and overlaid with polyester organza to represent a moonlit night in an Alaskan birch forest.
Photo and copyright Amy Mackinaw 2018

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Alaska :: Nothing but FUN!

A new series, playing with free-motion machine sketching and inking with Derwent Inktense pencils.  "Washed" and sealed with Jacquard Colorless Extender.
2"x2" Magnets copyright 2017 Amy Mackinaw

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Denali Prints

Though her official height shrunk by 10 feet recently (due to more accurate measuring technology), she is still "The High One" to me.  Denali 20,310'
Denali original silk screen prints on hand-dyed cotton, 8x8"
photo by Amy Mackinaw

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Springtime Snow Dyeing

It seems the snow always melts before I get the chance to snow dye...but not this year!

Set up with plastic-lined frame, stretched with snow fence.
One piece of cotton pre-soaked with soda ash solution under the snow fence to catch the melted snow and dyes.
Two pieces of cotton scrunched on top of the snow fence.

Sprinkling a variety of blues with an old spice bottle: turquoise, cerulean blue, azure blue, grape.

Added a strip of extra snow to see what happens if more snow added on top--
how much more pastel will the colors get?

Close-up of melting snow and dye on fabric.  Stay tuned for results--

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Marbling Collection

Here's a new palette of marbled cottons using Jacquard Marbling Colors, each created in a 16x24-inch baking pan salavaged along the road and possibly used previously to catch old car oil?  Hard to say, but after lots of scrubbing, it's turning into a valuable tool!  Can't wait to start working with these fabrics---
16"x24" marbled cotton pieces drying by the woodstove, Jacquard Marbling Colors
photo by Amy Mackinaw
close-up of marbled cotton, Jacquard Marbling Colors
photo by Amy Mackinaw

Marbling process with paints, whisk, large baking pan
 and methyl cellulose medium to support paints

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Something New Under the Sun?

We are in the middle of our March sunshine with dozens of inches of snow on the ground.  It's mostly blue and white out there, but who can resist throwing in some color?  Not me!
"Taiga" Tablet Sleeve, hand-dyed cotton, organza, beads, 1/4" foam
10 1/2"x12 1/2" -- photo by Amy Mackinaw