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Resist

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Resist interrogates the productive tension of dye penetration using clamped shibori, batik and natural dyeing techniques on silk dupioni and charmeuse. The design is dynamic and changes with wear and exposure to light, washing, and the moving body by using two natural dyes known for poor fastness of color - turmeric (Curcuma longa) and indigo (Indigofera tinctoria) – in addition to madder root (Rubia tinctorum). Aluminum sulfate at 6% owf was used as a mordanting agent for turmeric and madder dyes. While mordanting preserves some fastness of color, the blues and yellows in the jacket/dress ensemble will slowly fade into subdued colors that remain luminescent because of the shape of the silk fiber. In imagining sustainable futures, my design research asks: What new aesthetic possibilities arise when we re-think attachments to constancy of color and embrace the spontaneity of degradation, change and metamorphosis?

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Sep 11th, 12:00 PM

Resist

Resist interrogates the productive tension of dye penetration using clamped shibori, batik and natural dyeing techniques on silk dupioni and charmeuse. The design is dynamic and changes with wear and exposure to light, washing, and the moving body by using two natural dyes known for poor fastness of color - turmeric (Curcuma longa) and indigo (Indigofera tinctoria) – in addition to madder root (Rubia tinctorum). Aluminum sulfate at 6% owf was used as a mordanting agent for turmeric and madder dyes. While mordanting preserves some fastness of color, the blues and yellows in the jacket/dress ensemble will slowly fade into subdued colors that remain luminescent because of the shape of the silk fiber. In imagining sustainable futures, my design research asks: What new aesthetic possibilities arise when we re-think attachments to constancy of color and embrace the spontaneity of degradation, change and metamorphosis?

 

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