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SILK SCARVES AND HOME ACCESSORIES
I love the unpredictability of the Shibori technique - the Japanese art of manipulating fabric by twisting, stitching, clamping, pole-wrapping, binding, or compressing. It makes for very interesting patterns. I mostly use natural dyes derived from plant material like wild berries, bark, roots, or grasses collected in my neighbourhood, or tea, onion skins, vegetables, and fruit. The combination of Shibori and natural dyes makes each piece unique. Patterns can be replicated to a point, but no two pieces will ever be exactly the same. I might use the same procedure to prepare a dye bath, but many factors influence the exact…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 4
  • Joined August 26, 2009

Favorite materials

gemstones, silver, copper, glass, sea shells, silk, clay, wood, natural dyes

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SILK SCARVES AND HOME ACCESSORIES
I love the unpredictability of the Shibori technique - the Japanese art of manipulating fabric by twisting, stitching, clamping, pole-wrapping, binding, or compressing. It makes for very interesting patterns. I mostly use natural dyes derived from plant material like wild berries, bark, roots, or grasses collected in my neighbourhood, or tea, onion skins, vegetables, and fruit. The combination of Shibori and natural dyes makes each piece unique. Patterns can be replicated to a point, but no two pieces will ever be exactly the same. I might use the same procedure to prepare a dye bath, but many factors influence the exact shade that will result.

I also use commercially available dyes, some shades have been custom mixed for me at a tiny silk painting supply store in Vienna, Austria.

TECHNIQUES
Besides Shibori, I like to explore relatively unknown techniques for my work. Snow dyeing is one of them, which unfortunately is limited to a few months per year. Compost dyeing is another, very interesting one, which yields so many different results.

WHAT INSPIRES ME
I have always been fascinated by organic beauty: the smoothness and perfect color of a chestnut, the way tree bark is shaped, the caleidoscope of colors inside a sea shell, the individual beauty of each twig, the intricate pattern on a sand dollar, the irregular shape of a pine cone, the multifaceted beauty of sea glass, the mystery of sea pottery shards, the inexplicable attraction a rock has on me. Wherever we go, you will find me collecting whatever that specific corner of the world has to offer and bringing them home (which makes for interesting adventures at airport check-ins when my suitcase is overweight and I need to re-arrange 10 pounds of rocks and pebbles and sea glass *true story* One check-in clerk asked me 'what do you have in that suit case? Rocks?' I nonchalantly answered 'Yes!' Will never forget the look on her face when she saw my collection of Spanish beach finds). My husband is not too happy with this habit, since he needs to cover for me while I - let's call it 'reownerize' - particularly striking specimens.



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My gemstone jewelry can be found here: www.etsy.com/enchantedgem

You can join me in finding the art of beauty here:
blog: www.enchantedhue.com
facebook: www.facebook/EnchantedHue

If you prefer to contact me by email: susanneguirakhoo(at)yahoo.com

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