Monthly Archives: September 2010

One afternoon, I dyed clothes pins.

I’ve stretched a ribbon across one wall of our living room on which to hang posters and prints we don’t want to frame.  Right now it’s mostly my work, but I want it to be completely others’ work eventually.  We do have a fantastic show print from Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN.

Anyway, I looked at my plain old clothespins holding up the posters and I took a notion to dye them.

I used some procion dye that I had on hand.  It’s a cold water dye that’s great for tie dye and batik.

I just dip-dyed the pins, experimenting with double-dips and gradients.

And when I was finished I  took great pleasure in organizing my custom-dyed pins by color.

I wouldn’t use these pins to hang wet clothes, though, for fear some of the dye would transfer to the cloth.  If you washed these after you dyed them, the color would be more subtle, but I think it would be dye-fast.  Thats the next experiment I suppose.  Dye is wonderful stuff- so incredibly intense.  In college I used it to create all sorts of effects on my watercolor drawings.  I loved watching it slowly spread across the page.

check out the work of Polly Apfelbaum, an artist who used dye to great effect:


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Little River Blueway Posters

The Little River Blueway is an area in Sumter National Forest in McCormick, SC that has recently been mapped with trails for mountain biking, hiking, canoeing and kayaking.  You can read more at the website:

David Twiggs with Outdoor Initiative saw my posters at the Farmer’s Market and contacted me about designing posters for the LRB.  Their logo is reminiscent of a yin yang, and he wanted to keep the branding consistant, so I tried to think of ways to creatively use the shape.

The Little River Blueway boasts 51 miles of scenic river, 100 campsites, and the area holds over 100 miles of hiking and biking trails.  The area is full of wild life and often hosts music, festivals, races and more.

The design was hand printed in three layers- blue, yellow, then black.

They have talked about printing tshirts with the design, too!  I’ll share a picture if they do.

I can’t wait until Eric and I can make a trip out there!  It looks gorgeous in all the pictures on the website, and it’s only about an hour away from Augusta.


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