2014. Cotton, indigo, fibreglass kite stretchers, string. 140 cm x 72 cm + tail
I wanted to learn how to make kites, and I needed a project that I could enter into the Contextural Show: Indigo. I used a technique called katano shibori (machine stitching) to make the indigo pattern. The fabric was folded and machine stitched with polyester thread on the bobbin and rayon thread on the top, and then dipped repeatedly in an indigo bath. Once the indigo had oxidized and the cloth was dry, I simply yanked at the stitching – the brittle rayon snapped, and the polyester was easy to pull out. Voila – a lovely repeating and changing pattern.
The spiral tapestry was done by Karen King.
Photo: Dana Bush