|Sacred Path, silk with oatmeal resist|
Over the past seven years, I've been working to expand my expertise with resists . Ever since a friend invited me over to play with potato dextrin eight years ago, I have heard their siren call. I've tried most of the commercially available products and just about anything available from the grocery store that forms a paste. One of the things I discovered in my play is that it takes tenacity. Early on, I gave up on some resists because I didn't like the results. I later realized that I just hadn't found the right formula or technique.
Working with resists is kind of like magic. When you apply it, you have no idea what the final piece will look like. And when you paint on the dye, you end up with a stiff, ugly, strange-looking piece of fabric. Then, once you wash off the resist and excess dye, the pattern appears, seemingly out of thin air!