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James is the tie-dye artist and Jeanelle is the business manager. James’ mastery of color can be attributed to a background in painting. He realized his love of this medium in high school and then went on to receive a B.A. in painting from the Atlanta College of Art. He continues to be passionate about painting to this day. He first dabbled in tie-dyeing while touring with the Grateful Dead after college. In 2002 we launched a screen printing business. Not long after, we started tie-dyeing some of our screen printed tees and tie-dye quickly took over as demand for it grew.
We make our art in our home, which utilizes solar power.
We sell our designs online at www.beandawgartworks.com, at numerous craft & music festivals throughout the year (check out the event schedule on our website), and in our retail store in Rocky Mount, Virginia.

****Custom Orders****…

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  • Joined November 7, 2007

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cotton, hemp, rayon, love

About

James is the tie-dye artist and Jeanelle is the business manager. James’ mastery of color can be attributed to a background in painting. He realized his love of this medium in high school and then went on to receive a B.A. in painting from the Atlanta College of Art. He continues to be passionate about painting to this day. He first dabbled in tie-dyeing while touring with the Grateful Dead after college. In 2002 we launched a screen printing business. Not long after, we started tie-dyeing some of our screen printed tees and tie-dye quickly took over as demand for it grew.
We make our art in our home, which utilizes solar power.
We sell our designs online at www.beandawgartworks.com, at numerous craft & music festivals throughout the year (check out the event schedule on our website), and in our retail store in Rocky Mount, Virginia.

****Custom Orders****
We most certainly welcome custom tie-dye orders. In fact those constitute the majority of sales from our website because it's set up to "create your own" tie-dye.

*****The Process*****
James soaks ‘blank’ items in a soda ash mixture; then folds & secures them using rubber bands (occasionally he also uses stitching to achieve certain design patterns); then he applies Procion dye which I make by mixing it with urea & water; then they sit for about 12 hours; then I rinse them and remove the rubber bands; I dunk them in a synthrapol and water bath; then they go in the washing machine with more synthrapol; then they go in the dryer. It is a labor of love! I always look forward to marveling at the finished product when they come out of the dryer.

****Washing Instructions****
As mentioned above our tie-dyes get rinsed 4 times in the process (2 in the wash cycle), but James uses a lot of dye so some excess dye may still come out. So the first time or two that you wash your tie-dye we recommend washing in cold water, alone or with other dark clothing, and getting it out of the washing machine as soon as the load is done. If your item is a gift don't worry, there are washing instructions on the tag that will be attached to it. There should be no shrinkage since it's already been in the dryer during our process. Nor will it fade however the clothes dryer fades all clothing over time, not just tie-dye, so if you want your tie-dye to last that much longer we recommend line drying.

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