Ancient Techniques, Contemporary Application...


Hello everybody!


I am new to this site and thought the best way to introduce myself is to show you some of my work and tell you a little more about my passion for textiles.

I fell into dye quite by accident in the early 1990's and have been making hand made textiles in one form or another ever since. For me, it is an absolutely magical experience when you appraoch a piece of blank fabric and you know you can turn it into whatever you want to! I have been hooked on the magical Wow Moment for sixteen years and I still get excited about it.

I dyed the fabric in this picture by hand in 2005 for JJ Schoeman for his SA Fashion Week collection. He gave me a piece of white twill with a brief for "something African". The shield shape is distinctly African and I decided to use it for my theme.

I started by planning the layout with dressmakers chalk to work out the placement and proportions. I stitched in each shield individually to make sure the shapes were crisp. I dyed the fabric twice, once in golden yellow and again in brown dye. I used a crush technique to lend texture and life. JJ used wooden beads to compliment the shapes with their natural colour and texture.

This picture was taken by Ivan Naude for SA Fashion Week and is used with his permission. http://www.planetivan.com

Have a great day in full colour!


Kind regards
Melanie

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Comment by Margaret Axford on December 24, 2009 at 1:30am
You have done it beautifuly it looks very african.
Margaret
Comment by Melanie Brummer on December 23, 2009 at 2:19am
Thank you for all your kind words! I am delighted to find so many people interested in my topic. Rita, I can only say I fell! I staretd making stuff, which I sold for money, which I took and made more stuff. Sixteen years later I have made a lot of stuff, and I have plenty to write about. Since my childhood dream was to be a writer, it has all come full circle. As life does. How did you ladies get into dye?
Comment by Scholastic on December 22, 2009 at 10:40pm
Very talented.
Comment by Donna on December 22, 2009 at 2:04pm
What a talent you have! Beautiful work
Comment by Arlene Hanna on December 22, 2009 at 1:55pm
beautiful
Comment by einas ali on December 22, 2009 at 12:28pm
Thank you for sharing!!
Comment by christine on December 22, 2009 at 12:14pm
Thank you for sharing!!
Comment by Carli Heinrichs on December 22, 2009 at 11:31am
Awesome, thanks so much for sharing. I'm looking forward to anything you post. Welcome!
Comment by Christina on December 22, 2009 at 9:39am
Melanie, the fabric is beautiful. I wish I could see it in person.
Christina
Comment by Susan J. Jensen on December 22, 2009 at 8:42am
Wow Melanie, it's beautiful, you got it spot on!

Congratulations, Sue

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