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hearts throughout - but the greens over the heart were too similar in shade, and blended together to form a blob

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this fabric was very resistant to dye - resulting in the large white portions

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custom work for JB

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neon yellow hidden image mushroom shirt with heart pocket

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gnarly festival pants - v.1 - going to double dye a heart and peace sign on the larger yellow portions

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hearts on chest, ohm/wave along middle, scrunch bottom, which turned out mind-boggling


custom work for eye want '1968: Vanished Realities' event this April 20th ~


[photos taken indoors at night]

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eye see you


the original (not my work)

blurb about the event

"Nearly half a century ago, Chicago dominated the nation’s attention as never before or since--during the tumultuous Democratic convention, a week of startling scenes from Grant Park, the convention floor and the streets around the delegates’ hotels.  That momentous week symbolized a year of change that gripped the nation and the world.


The legacy of 1968’s vanished realities remain with us today, both good and bad, often in painful juxtaposition.  Gone are the Daley Machine and the Wallace legions demanding “segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever,” rampant police brutality and the draft, replaced by a multiracial president able to count on a restrained, professional CPD to host a NATO conference on winding down a war fought by an all-volunteer military. So too, gone forever are the wild-eyed idealism of teenagers and college students who think music and “be-ins” can change the world and even the simple expectation that a promising young lady full of dreams can walk safely through a city park after visiting our president’s inauguration And Chicago, like other cities, still bears the scar of whole neighborhoods burned and looted in those late 60’s riots, never rebuilt, where grinding poverty still breeds persistent hopelessness.


“Vanished Realities” is a powerful show featuring never-before-seen images, capturing vast changes in the faces of ordinary and extraordinary individuals who were part of the ferment, from police officers holding truncheons to idealistic protestors, from politicians to entertainers, all seen through the lens of a young Chicago photographer, himself caught up in the hopes and fears tearing apart the city and the world. "

alight, burning bright with an idea?

in applying your will, you can manifest it ! *

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snow daze



tie dye tip: after you mix your dyes, ideally use them the same day or within the next few days.

I waited two weeks after I mixed this dye to use it due to my work schedule, and as one can see, the colors are significantly less vibrant then my previous batch's hues. 


*time scale dependent on degree of difficulty, current laws of physics

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chi popo and michigan ave lights



reusable sachel

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hemp hemp hooray



bm 1.0

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darkness visible sarong

tie dye expert tip: if you are utilizing a 8- or 16- wheel 'mandala' or 'snowflake' folding pattern (commonly used to make mandalas, lotuses, flower, and stars) and you wish to include black in your work, do not simply dye one side black, as is the natural inclination when folding with a 'two-sided' pattern such as the common scrunch fold, the ubiquitous galaxy swirl, or any mirror image. Coloring one side black works on these 'two-sided' patterns because the peaks of one side of the fold are the valleys of the other, and as such, will reveal themselves to be side by side 'stripes'. However, when one folds in a 'snowflake' pattern [I titled it thusly due to the fact that one uses this folding pattern (and cutting) to form the well-known craft favorite of paper snowflakes] it is utilizing 'panels', and the all-one color patterns will cluster next to each other.

solution? dye piece with brighter colors as desired then 'sprinkle' black onto both sides. The result is closed to the desired effect of more evenly spaced black locations.


dye life lessons: gifts always end up being one's best work. 

knowing just how much dye to use is all about practice and is highly project dependent. learn from mistakes and move forward (or sideways)

the absence of dye can make more of an impact then it's presence. 

there is a place for planning out every minute detail (folding pattern, color palate, dye pattern) and there is a place for spontaneity and surprises. nothing turns out exactly as planned or expected.


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custom mod for a. r. v 2.0 - front and back pockets, custom patch with hand-drawn artwork

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custom NU 

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impactful with the single color palette - emphasis on the folding pattern : collar turned out particularly nice, close ups below

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absence of dye makes a big statement

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gotta love organic cotton socks

tie dye tips: choosing a limited color palate has its strengths. There is much to be said for diluting full strength shades of color into pastel shades. For example, to get pink (be it hot pink or light rose), add water to fuchsia, and test with a strip of scrap fabric until you obtain your desired shade (not much water for vibrant pink, for a light rose, add successively more water)

I also tested out sodium alginate thickener. To begin, I found it impossible to manually mix without clumping, although I not only shook it like the dickens, but attempted to squish the clumps out between the sides of the squeeze bottle. This was a semi-effective technique, however, and after a substantial portion of time engaging in this tactic and thought I had removed all of the clumps. However, when I began to use the color, I found that the clumps would clog the nozzle such that I had to apply extensive pressure to clear it as it slowly oozed out. However, eventually when that particular clump would clear,  the pent up pressure would cause an explosion of the dye, until it shortly ran into another clump. The results were incredible, with the thickener causing crisp lines and controlled application, but I need to further explore more effective mixing methods. 


earth tones


v. 1.0 of a double dye



custom work v. 1 for razzy


from darkness into light 60" x 40" 


pillowcase clearly not 100% natural fibers




tie dye pro tips: After one allows their project to dye after bring soaked in soda ash, the dye does not spread as far as a project still damp from soda ash. In addition, as one can see from the effects demonstrated on three bandannas below, there is little white space or fold lines to be seen. This gives a more filled out color, and an interesting 'coloring book' effect.


healing lotus bandanna


peace sign bandanna


stained glass flower bandanna

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patterns emerging from the clouds

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gumby heart

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subtle tie dye

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queen of hearts dress


big ol' blooming mandala


chop up some winter squash - such as butternut - into chunks or 'fry' shapes and baste it with olive oil and salt and bake it in the oven for 40 minutes (you can also scoop out and roast the seeds!). comfort food, delicious, and you get a great serving of veggies over simply that of the starch found in potatoes (sweet potatoes = dessert).


butternut squash cut in half

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bam ba lamb bandannas

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test run of burning man logo tie dye - note tie dye mustache peace sign in back - nifty


chicago flag tie dye v.1.0 (wanted to be a hand folding purist - next run is going to be sewn)

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tie dye sweater tights

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tie dye burnout tank


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v-day tie dye : note the two creatures (swans, emus, ostriches...) kissing below the heart and flaming collar 

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thick sweaters are quite a challenge