Monday, April 6, 2009

a day in the life of miss Passion Forefashion

Miss Passion Forefashion is attending the fashion degree course:

School of Fashion

The School of Design

Otago Polytechnic


Passion is in her second year and worried sick that she will be missing two days textiles over a two week period as she has family commitments and has to leave for Nelson asap. This is terrible for her as it is her area of main interest natural dyes and will be an invaluable loss for her and her chosen individual project. Here are a couple of other links to try: hands-on and join a group.
She is concerned how the learning will take place so as not to get to far behind , she acknowledges she is a perfectionist with very high standards however she will have plenty of time while away to focus on natural dyes "they come from the garden don't they" she states.
I comment that yes plant matter is used for both dye and stain however that mud dyes and rust are other natural methods and they all can be used in conjunction with each other.That's so exciting how and where do i start?
1. Reference books:(available at the Bill Robertson Library)
I Flint (2008) Eco Colour botanical dyes for beautiful textiles,
Australia:Murdoch Publishing. Milner A (2007) The Ashford Book of Dyeing A Fiber-Artists guide to the Chemistry of Colour.NZ:Ashford hand crafts Ltd

2. Textile kit: a variety of natural fabrics, equipment, pots and containers, string , pegs, sticks.

3. A recipe made to be explored:
Gather plant material e.g. eucalyptus leaves, chop and soak over night in fresh water.
bring plant material to the boil gently until desired colour is reached, (then cool if you choose cool and remove plant material)
Have liquid steaming, immerse fabric(either pre-soaked or dry) into dye bath.
When desired colour is achieved, remove from heat source and allow to cool.
Squeeze out excess water, allow to dry, then rinse in cold water until clear.
Additional plant material, impressions/ prints can be produced through the combination of heat and pressure during the dye process through bundling and trying leaves into the cloth and then dyeing them. enjoy and explore your ideas through a series of samples, push the boundaries.
4. Websites.


  1. Hey :) you're getting into the linking, and already posting topic specific info.. this blog post alone could be enough to keep Passion occupied while she's away...

    I can't help wondering though.. did this scenario give you the opportunity to consider a range of ways (or needs) as to how your course could or should be more flexible?

    It certainly jumps forward to demonstrating how you might solve Passion's flexible learning need - by posting advice and links for her to read up on your teacher blog while she's away. That's great! Nice and easy for you and her.

    Have a read of some of the other's scenarios? Here's one by Helen for example...

  2. love the story Cyndy, family problems are very real for lots of students and quite often completely out of their control. I agree with Leigh that you've offered some great catch-up alternatives for her.