Printing with dye

Recently I was given some dyes and silk paints, so have begun printing with them. The colours are beautiful, and the material completely keeps its feel. I’ve enjoyed putting my big steamer back in action to set the dyes. With the advent of the digital print, screenprinting with dyes lost the brief popularity it had in the early 1980’s. It’s not the easiest thing to do, though it is incredibly satisfying to see the pieces emerge from the steamer of dye bath with the intensity of colour, and the creative possibilities of placement and overprinting, and best of all it looks and feels nothing like digital printing.

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