Tell us a little about yourself using a Haiku.
binding and folding
my life in a piece of cloth
keep close to your heart
Tell us a little about the origins of Bind | Fold.
I started dyeing fabric a little over a year and a half ago, and quickly discovered Shibori which is the Japanese name for the process of binding and/or folding cloth before dyeing to create patterns. After tying my first Arashi piece I was hooked and the rest, as they say, was history!
Bind | Fold came about because of my passion for Shibori and dyed textiles. Working with dye has become a way of life for me, it’s the artistic outlet I’ve been searching for ever since I first became interested in art as a child.
Describe your creative process.
I work very organically so I usually begin with the technique and a vague idea of what colour I want to be working with. Then I’ll spend some time mixing different versions of that colour until I find the one I like. I often discover new colours that I hadn’t considered working like this, so it’s a bit of an adventure.
I’ve recently also begun working with natural Indigo which is an adventure in itself. I’ve always been drawn to blue and I suppose Indigo is the ultimate blue, it covers every shade you can think of and it’s got such a different character to other kinds of blue. It has it’s own personality and changes depending on the light it’s viewed in.
What inspires you the most?
The act of working with dye is actually a huge inspiration for me. It’s pretty amazing how you can get quite different results if you change even the tiniest part of your recipe or technique, and I find this quite fascinating. Lately I’ve been reading a lot about natural dyes, from using scavenged plant matter, to growing a dye garden, and different methods of transferring colour from nature onto cloth. I’ve been so inspired by this whole world of dye that I haven’t explored yet that I am planning a dye garden, where I’m going to grow a few different types of Indigo, Woad, Madder, Chamomile, Coreopsis and possibly a Hibiscus. I’ve also started wandering the neighbourhood spying out good dye plants in my local parks.
Name some of your most favourite local artists and designers.
Well I do exist in a bit of a bubble.. BUT one of my favourite Australian artists is Tanya Stubbles. She works with a lot of different mediums and themes, and I am really drawn to her woodwork / mixed media pieces.
I’m also a big fan of the designer Gemma Patford She makes these really cool rope pot holders, baskets, totes and also does some screen printed stuff. She’s pretty inspiring.
What are your ultimate dreams for Bind | Fold?
I’m pretty open to where Bind | Fold takes me, purely because it’s not just about selling a finished product, it’s about learning and experimentation. Working with dye is such a journey and you learn so much as you go along, there’s just so many different paths to take with it. I’d love to be able to branch out beyond my own finished products and textiles to working with fashion designers and labels on their products. I think it’d be invigorating to collaborate with someone in that way.
What will will we find from Bind | Fold at our July Bend and Snap Market?
I will have a range of scarves for men and women made from 100% NZ Merino, silk and some silk blends. I’ll also have some indigo dyed table napkins, and textiles for sale, so a bit of something for everyone!
You will find all the amazing art design fashion, waffles on a stick and seductive shortbreads, a whole load of vintage goodness, getting your craft onnn in our CRAFTERNOON CORNER, chats with our guys and gals from POZIBLE about any of your creative ventures and a FACE PAINTING ARTIST and a pop up nail bar by CRITTER CLAWS as well as many of our regular stall holders and a load of exciting new additions to our Bend and Snap fold, including:
BERNAVUE, BIND AND FOLD, BONNIE BIX QUALITY SHORTBREADS, THE CANARY PRESS, THE CREATURE WORKSHOP, CRITTER CLAWS, DAMSELFLY, DREAMING CO. ♧, FACE PAINTING ARTIST, FORGET ME NOT ENGRAVING, FOXGLOVE BOTANICALS, THE GIRL NIGHTINGALE, HELEN FLEUR DESIGNS, JACKIE MADE THIS, JEREMY WINGSPAN, JULIE’S LITTLE WORLD, JUX, ME-U, PRECIOUS LITTLE SAKURA, SCATTERED ANTS, SCRABBLE KITTY, SEBO-HANDMADE JEWELLERY, SPOONFULS OF LOVE, STEF COLLECTIONS, UNFAZED & CONFUZED, WAFFELIER and many more emerging artists and designers!!!
All this inspiration stuffed in one market day will surely get you buzzing. Do you have any creative projects or dreams in mind? We are thrilled to be having our dreamweaving friends at POZIBLE join in on the market love at our July market day ready to answer all of your questions to help these dreams come true.Stay tuned for more stall holder interviews and sneaky treats and like us on Facebook for all sorts of sneaky peek treats.
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