Sunday, June 28, 2015

Swings Asunder

I'm working on my homework backstage while volunteering for Swings Asunder. Go see it if you are in Austin, we have three more shows. I'm drawing inspiration from all the aerialists and masked turtle people in wigs. Here's today's pattern:




Saturday, June 27, 2015

Loud & Proud

In celebration of the recent SCOTUS ruling, I made a rainbow pattern! Hooray for marriage equality!




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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Henna party

Tonight I invited some girlfriends over to practice henna. It's a wonderfully stringy henna from Rajasthan. It was so easy to draw nice lines, and I added a little cosmetic glitter just for fun. Missed out? I have frozen the rest, and need more practice, so let's get together and I'll draw on you.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Citrus Squares

It's a little late but I'm still going to file this under #WeeklyPatternWednesday


Monday, June 22, 2015

Lemon Blossom

I made a lemonade inspired print for this week's Spoonflower contest. I named it "Lemon Party" because I'm a horrible person (don't google that. I'm serious.).  It's now entitled "Lemon Blossom," and apologies for my horrible internet humor.






Sunday, June 21, 2015

Razors

Here's another pattern from Wallpaper Group p2gg. It kinda looks like a razor blade.



Friday, June 19, 2015

Just add imagery...

I recently experimented with adding my Mona Bear imagery to the p3m1 template, and look, a six-headed Maine Coon:


Imagine how bitey and hungry that would be. What a monster!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wallpaper Group p4mm

The final wallpaper group! p4mm


Here's the structure:


Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation2.svga centre of rotation of order two (180°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation3.svga centre of rotation of order three (120°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation4.svga centre of rotation of order four (90°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation6.svga centre of rotation of order six (60°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend reflection.svgan axis of reflection.
Wallpaper group diagram legend glide reflection.svgan axis of glide reflection.
 Image and Key: Source: Wikipedia

Check out the Pinterest board

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wallpaper Group c2mm (cmm)

Weekly pattern Wednesday! It's c2mm:





Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation2.svga centre of rotation of order two (180°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation3.svga centre of rotation of order three (120°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation4.svga centre of rotation of order four (90°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation6.svga centre of rotation of order six (60°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend reflection.svgan axis of reflection.
Wallpaper group diagram legend glide reflection.svgan axis of glide reflection.
 Image and Key: Source: Wikipedia


Here's the related Pinterest board.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wallpaper Group p4mg

There's no better way to learn than to get your hands dirty and do it yourself! Making my own wallpaper groups is really helping me understand each group. Today's is p4mg, which has a neat woven quality:


The structure:


Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation2.svga centre of rotation of order two (180°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation3.svga centre of rotation of order three (120°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation4.svga centre of rotation of order four (90°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation6.svga centre of rotation of order six (60°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend reflection.svgan axis of reflection.
Wallpaper group diagram legend glide reflection.svgan axis of glide reflection.
 Image and Key: Source: Wikipedia


Here's a pinboard of group p4mg.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Wallpaper Group p4

P4 is such a fun wallpaper group because it has this spiraling nature:




Fun fact: the Sun Microsystems Logo is also in this group. RIP Sun.
.

OMG, it even spells SUN as it rotates. I love it so much. :(


Here's the structure:


Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation2.svga centre of rotation of order two (180°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation3.svga centre of rotation of order three (120°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation4.svga centre of rotation of order four (90°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation6.svga centre of rotation of order six (60°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend reflection.svgan axis of reflection.
Wallpaper group diagram legend glide reflection.svgan axis of glide reflection.
 Image and Key: Source: Wikipedia


Here's the corresponding Pinterest board.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wallpaper Group p3m1


Here's a wallpaper group that I haven't found much of in the wild (and by wild I mean Pinterest): p3m1:


The structure is shown here:




Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation2.svga centre of rotation of order two (180°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation3.svga centre of rotation of order three (120°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation4.svga centre of rotation of order four (90°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation6.svga centre of rotation of order six (60°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend reflection.svgan axis of reflection.
Wallpaper group diagram legend glide reflection.svgan axis of glide reflection.
 Image and Key: Source: Wikipedia

Here's the corresponding Pinterest board.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Wallpaper Group p6

This is so easy. I can't believe I didn't try MadPattern sooner. Now I can make my own Islamic inspired designs! Here's wallpaper group p6. Note the overlapping lines which distinguish it from p31m.






Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation2.svga centre of rotation of order two (180°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation3.svga centre of rotation of order three (120°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation4.svga centre of rotation of order four (90°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation6.svga centre of rotation of order six (60°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend reflection.svgan axis of reflection.
Wallpaper group diagram legend glide reflection.svgan axis of glide reflection.
 Image and Key: Source: Wikipedia


Here's the corresponding Pinterest Board.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Wallpaper Group P3

More exploration of wallpaper groups:


Here's the structure, nerds:


Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation2.svga centre of rotation of order two (180°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation3.svga centre of rotation of order three (120°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation4.svga centre of rotation of order four (90°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation6.svga centre of rotation of order six (60°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend reflection.svgan axis of reflection.
Wallpaper group diagram legend glide reflection.svgan axis of glide reflection.
 Image and Key: Source: Wikipedia


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wallpaper Group P31M

I'm still having lots of fun with the MadPattern templates.



For you math nerds out there, here's the underlying structure: 


Key
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation2.svga centre of rotation of order two (180°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation3.svga centre of rotation of order three (120°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation4.svga centre of rotation of order four (90°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation6.svga centre of rotation of order six (60°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend reflection.svgan axis of reflection.
Wallpaper group diagram legend glide reflection.svgan axis of glide reflection.
 Image and Key: Source: Wikipedia


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wallpaper Group p6mm


Tonight's pattern is in Wallpaper Group p6mm:




Group p6mm has the following structure:



Key
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation2.svga centre of rotation of order two (180°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation3.svga centre of rotation of order three (120°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation4.svga centre of rotation of order four (90°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend rotation6.svga centre of rotation of order six (60°).
Wallpaper group diagram legend reflection.svgan axis of reflection.
Wallpaper group diagram legend glide reflection.svgan axis of glide reflection.
 Image and Key: Source: Wikipedia

I found this wonderful resource for generating wallpaper group patterns in Illustrator called MadPattern. It's a set of free templates for the 17 groups. It makes pattern generation so easy. I honestly spent more time working on the color scheme than coming up with the design.

I'm also joining a fun artists movement called #weeklypatternwednesday, organized by Smudged Textiles Studio. It's a great blog, go check it out! :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Exploring Shiva Paintstiks

Today I experimented with a neat way to decorate fabric: Shiva Paintstiks. This is an oil paint crayon that becomes permanent on fabric. I used some fabric swatches that I dyed over the weekend. You can draw directly on the fabric, just like the coathangers in copper:


You can also create rubbings. I found my wooden block printing stamps from India worked really well for this:







Monday, June 8, 2015

Procion fabric dyeing notes

Last weekend I did more swatch testing with Procion dyes, testing on cotton, linen, silk, and this awesome hemp / silk blend. Here are some of the results:





Now I have a full notebook of primaries, which will be really helpful when I move on to larger projects or start mixing my own blends.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

How to Ombre Dye Synthetics with iDye

So I got a special weekend project as I'm volunteering with costuming for the local aerial studio Sky Candy's production of Swings Asunder. The assignment was to ombre dye an assortment of red camisoles.  Challenge 1: The garments were purchased at Savers and therefore were all slightly different, right down to the fiber makeup. So while I'm pretty comfortable with dyeing natural fibers with Procion MX dyes, I now had an assortment of silk, nylon / spandex blends, and my arch nemesis, polyester. Challenge 2: I have a weekend to finish it, so no time to wait on a Dharma Trading order.  Challenge 3: My budget is $20.


I feel like I'm on Iron Chef. Ginger (costume lead) assures me that whatever I do will be fine, but uncharted territory deserves caution (Back in college I studied lithography, and spent a good 40 hours making black rectangles before I ever made anything nice. As I used to say back then, "Do it right or do it over.").

First rule of fabric club is DO NOT USE RIT. I could repeat that, but the joke's getting old. (I was barely in high school when that movie came out.) Everyone at dance class asks me how I got my tie dye workout gear to look so nice. PROFESSIONAL QUALITY DYES, YO! I've been doing this crap for five months, I'm no expert. But you get what you pay for, and Tulip and Rit don't cut it.

So there's two places in Austin that carry fabric dyes: Jerry's Artarama, and Joann's. Luckily, on my trip to JoAnn's to buy some swatches for testing, I find they carry iDye poly, which is supposed to work on polyester and nylon (Fourteen years after the iPod was released and we still have products starting with "i." It's just not cool unless you are Apple, sorry). I buy a two packs, and one foot each of a 100% polyester satin and a stretchy, swimsuit-like blend of 82% nylon and 18% spandex.




So iDye poly comes in a convenient little pouch with a "color intensifier" and then the dye in a little dissolvable packet. This way you don't have powder going everywhere, though I still would recommend wearing a mask when dissolving because it stinks to high hell and you never want to breathe in dye powder. And remember to never use the same pots and utensils for dyeing as for food. So you add the intensifier and dye and stir while bringing this witches' brew to a boil. Then you rig up your fabric to your cabinets. Kinda like the way aerial apparatuses are strung up, without the mortal consequences. So I use the first packet for my test run, and I clothespin the nylon and polyester together, soak in water, then dip into the pot (which has been reduced to medium high now). I lift up a few inches and tie it off, then let it soak five minutes.


Roughly every five minutes I pull up the rigging a couple inches. I do this for 30 minutes, then transfer to the washing machine and wash on cold with detergent and a few squirts of dawn (it's cheaper than synthrapol). I through in a couple color catchers for insurance. Then into the dryer.

Left: 82% Nylon / 18% Spandex. Right: 100% Polyester

So the swatch test was helpful. It's clear that the nylon is more accepting of dye than the polyester. It's hard to see in the low grade photo taken on my cell phone, but the polyester has some variations from the way the fabric piled up in the pot. Now for the real deal. I paired up the camisoles and clothespinned them to hangers, then tied them to some paracord so that bottoms were aligned. I ran the paracord over a clamp affixed to a hanger on the cabinet above the stove, then prepared a fresh batch of dye (reusing a dye bath is unlikely to work as the dye exhausts). Ta-da, like a weird fetishist, I'm spending my Saturday night boiling lingerie:




Now since my last versions came out a bit too intense, I shorten the whole process, raising the cloth every few minutes, and spending roughly 20 minutes in all. Did I mention this stuff smells terrible? The fans are on and my roommate is out on the town, oblivious to the atrocities I'm committing in our kitchen. Don't worry, I bleached down the range and nearby counters after. Oh, and more fun, this stuff really stains the washing machine with only the slightest contact on the enamel. I spent a good while with a toothbrush and bleach following this guide to cleaning a washing machine just to get it back to normal. Never had these issues with the Procion dyes.


The final result is pretty nice, and cost me about $12 in all for the dyes and swatch material. The one silk garment is getting its own bath overnight with Dharma's Procion MX in jet black, and I'm hoping it will match.

So my overall feeling about iDye? It smells terrible, it nearly fucked up my washer (which, albeit, is defined as non-real property in my lease), it has an obnoxious "i" in the name, and comes in an indivisible packet. But, it did do the trick of dyeing plastic, and is easily available at a low price. I'd say use it if you have to, but I still much prefer dyeing natural fibers.