This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a fabric dyeing workshop that was hosted by my very talented friend Kelly Ruth.
Kelly has had many years of experience as a fabric dyer and textile artist, and is an accomplished painter. She also has her own line of hand-dyed and silk-screened bamboo clothing which she sells in her shop on ETSY, as well as some retail outlets across Canada.
I’ve known Kelly for somewhere in the neighborhood of sixteen years and we’ve been working together both directly and indirectly for all of those years. We’ve also had a lot of fun along the way.
I attended this workshop mainly to learn more about fibre-reactive dyes which I am not familiar with, but considering as an addition to the type of dyeing I do at my job as Head of Wardrobe at Prairie Theatre Exchange. I was thrilled to come out of this workshop having learned so much more.
Mostly I learned that I want to play! I want to play with colour, and silks, and quilting, and…
I’ll get to it. Some time after my business is up and running. It could be a while, but I can embrace this as an opportunity to learn to be more patient. I just can’t do everything at once, and that really is a good thing.
In the meantime though, I still have a job, and I can see that my new understanding of fibre-reactive dyes might make a few designers happy in the future. Or not. I just can’t help but to be excited every time I learn something new.