When silk meets ramie
I’ve just finished some wraps with intermittent warp kasuri on a hand painted silk warp and mostly natural dyed ramie. The natural dyes are Sumi, Persimmon and Bengara. In some ways its a piece which I am most pleased with because it ticks a few boxes of what I have wanted to achieve. Firstly I wanted a light yet crisp fabric, which is better for the climate here than wool. I also wanted a natural and muted blend of unexpected shades throughout the whole piece which worked well using the naturally dyed ramie. The whole weave is very Saori using what reminds me of Klee like shapes yet also the placement of the beach stones in strong wind or embedding with the tides. Pretty fancy inspiration collection! Well no. I just think about whatever at the time and sort of put them together unlike the rest of the art/craft world with artistic statements of intent and full follow through! It’s nice to be happy with the result though.