Outside the warming brick walls of Dianne's factory-turned-artist-studio in Philadelphia, lies the remainder of the city's first snow fall of the new year. Slick ice and crunchy snow create a winter blanket under our feet. Inside her studio, one can dismiss the freezing cold weather; walls are adorned with vibrant fiber wall-works measuring taller than both she and I, blooming orchids line the window sill, works of art both contemporary and historical patchwork the walls, and plush colorful chairs adorned in her own fibers invite you to sit in for a moment her world.
Today will be reminiscent of other productive days for Dianne, but for myself and her fortunate readers, it will be brand new; today, we take each of you along in the intimate moments that create these personal scarves. Today, we share A Day With Dianne.
Before Dianne can create her scarves, many preliminary steps must be taken.
1. Soda-soak your silk! This is a necessary process which allows the silk to accept dye.
2. Allow your fabric to air dry. Do not rinse out the soda soak!
3. Pin your fabric taughtly as pictured below. It should be tight like a trampoline.
7. Because there is now a perfect print of her screen on the plastic, Dianne instinctively flips over the plastic and uses a rubber roller to transfer the image; many actions like this are taken in her studio to avoid wasteful consumption. This particular decision allowed Dianne to receive a hue much lighter than she would have received with direct silkscreen. Over time, decisions like these contribute to her repertoire of how to effectively manipulate her materials.
8. Accent details are applied by hand to merge the color relationships.
Check back with us shortly to see the final results post-washing, ironing, and sewing!
Want to know more? Me too! Contact Dianne for workshop availability and/or private appointments at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next post,
Francesca van Stolk