silver minnow

Blog URL: http://www.kiteastman.com/blog/

My textile art is hand-painted in the Japanese tradition of katazome (stencil dyeing) using natural dyes on natural fibers. My work celebrates daily meetings with the wild birds, plants, and lake breezes of my local urban surroundings. I blog about this.

Located: St Paul, Minnesota
Tags: fiber art, textiles, katazome, stencil, natural dyes, natural pigments, home, decor, green

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Easing into darkness and light on Feb 1, 2012 in Inspiration, Process, ecoprint, nature, silk, winterI’ve been invited to participate in Grand Marais Art Colony‘s annual spring theme exhibit, entitled Rhythms of Darkness and Light. Participating artists have been invited to make new work in response to the theme. The show will be heldĀ M...



Shape shifting on Jan 11, 2012 in classes, design, notan, shapeIn January the seeds of new ideas - shapes shifting from dark to light, and back again, inner eyes opening.   I am playing with shapes in anticipation of my February class at the Textile Center. Notan: A Study in Design Mondays, February 6, 13 a...



Preparing for upcoming class on Nov 30, 2011 in Katazome, Process, alternatives, rice paste resist, screens, stencils, yupoIn preparing for my upcoming katazome class, which starts on December 8th at the Textile Center of Minnesota, I’ve been looking into some alternatives to shibugami (traditional katazome stencil paper), because, though shibugami is lovely, pleas...



Subtle November color on Nov 26, 2011 in Inspiration, Process, ecoprint, leaf bundlesToday is a misty day down at the pond, with subtle November colors under a gray sky.   I see these colors reflected in the silk and wool from my latest (and likely my last until next year) leaf bundle experiment. I had collected so many leaves I...



Leaf bundles unwrapped on Oct 25, 2011 in experimentation, Inspiration, Natural dye, Process, leaf bundles, onion skinsLast Thursday our natural dye study group met to bundle leaves and cloth together, following the eco-print method developed and deeply researched by India Flint (and explained in her luscious book Eco Colour.) I had tried this on my own several times...



Some new work on Oct 16, 2011 in Katazome, Natural dye, natural pigment, , Works on Cloth, linen, natural dyes, natural pigments, silk, stencil-dyed, Textile artBelow are images of the pieces I completed since I have become a member of Project Art for Nature. Visiting my site in mid-June, I encountered a field of one of my favorite native wildflowers, Monarda fistulosa (also known as wild bergamot or bee bal...