Author: Helen Bookbinder

Helen is the Book Arts Technical Demonstrator in the Book Arts Workshop at Grand Parade, University of Brighton.

Swatch dyeing for new book project

Swatch dyeing for new book project

Some colour swatches I have been dyeing which will illustrate a poem called “Beachy Head” by Charlotte Turner Smith. Still need a lot more green …

 

Ditchling Dye Day March 2019

Ditchling Dye Day March 2019

For our last workshop, we set up two indigo vats and an iron/soda dye bath. Ferrous sulphate in solution. fabrics were immersed in this warm solution …

 

Resist paste techniques

Resist paste techniques

 

Ditchling Workshop February

Ditchling Workshop February

This workshop covered resist techniques with cassava flour paste and Dhabu clay paste Jenny brought some metal stencils in for us to play with We applied the …

 

Screen prints with Gum Tragacanth

Screen prints with Gum Tragacanth

 

Ditchling Workshop January 2019

Ditchling Workshop January 2019

A busy start to the year, with a print workshop and dye pot for safflower.   Safflower petals are soaked and the ph level adjusted at different …

 

Symplocos

Symplocos

When I got back from a trip home for Christmas, I found this parcel waiting for me. It felt like Christmas all over again! The …

 

Ditchling Workshop December 16th

Ditchling Workshop December 16th

Setting up for alkaline extraction method with madder root – adding washing soda And then testing for the ph – looking for ph 9-10 but we …

 

Iron Black Redipped

Iron Black Redipped

The Black book has been tied up and redipped to get all the edges black The title of this piece is “17 Book Titles Reassembled Without …

 

Iron Black

Iron Black

Somerset paper layer-dipped in oak gall + ferrous sulphate dye pot. Makes a purple black. The colour deepens as it dries because it needs oxygen …

 
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