Sunday, February 28, 2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Something Pretty

This is my favorite color of brown!  Lovely brown velevt ribbon.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Natural Dyes:  Cochineal, Kamala, Weld, Indigo, Copper dye silk
Cotton Quilt batting
Compost Dyed Silk Organza
Machine Stitched

9 x 5 5/8 inches

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Studio Organization!

I'm hoping to have all of my fabric moved out of my closet, where I can no longer get to it, and into the cubbies by next weekend. 

In reality I don't have much in the way of commercial fabrics anymore, since I took up dyeing my own with natural dyes, rust, and compost.  But it would be nice to be able to see, and access maybe, what I do have somewhere in this mess I have the fabric for a quilt for our bed. 

John helping me to set this up today was the best Valentine's gift ever ;-)

Friday, February 12, 2010

She was Third Class Solo Show

She was Third Class Solo Exhibition
Fisher Art Center, Marshalltown, IA
September 1st - September 30th.

Explore Class and Social Status in Fly Over Country with artist Kimberly Baxter Packwood. 

Kimberly's latest body of work encompasses the topic of social strata in rural America using the medium of Encaustic and 3D Mixed Media.

Prairie - Past and Present

Prairie - Past and Present
New solo exhibition coming up at Cafe Diem in Ames, IA
March 15th - April 11th, 2010

Monday, February 08, 2010

Natural Dyed Goodness

I have yet to decide what I will do with this pile of cochineal dyed yummyness!  The doiley was dyed in an exhausted madder root bath yeilding a lovely peach color.

Smocking Yummyness

Found this lovely smocked trim at a thrift shop.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Mark Making with Nature DVD - Back in Stock!!!

Mark Making with Nature DVD - Now back in Stock!
By Surface Designer Kimberly Baxter Packwood
Over 2 hours of Video Instruction (5 Discs) & 53 Pages of Supplemental Instruction Included(PDF)
Everything you ever wanted to know to create unique cloth using natural dyes is covered in thisDVD Set, an excellent companion to the Compost Dyeing and Other Fermentation Technqiues Book.

Topics Covered Include:
  • Compost Dyeing: Several methods of compost dyeing are demonstrated.
  • Screen Printing with natural dyes, using thickeners and more.
  • Bound Resists with natural dyes how to obtain rich layers of color on fabric. Monoprinting & Stamping with natural dyes.
  • Create additional depth and design to your fabrics by stamping and printing them using natural dyes and pigments.
  • Dye Painting with natural dyes using thickeners, gutta resists, and much much more. Pigments: using pigments with natural dyes to create additional character to your art cloth.
Included is a 51 PDF booklet (this booklet is on a CDROM which you can then print out) that includes additional images and details on how to obtain gorgeous art cloth using natural dyes.