Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Giveaway: Shabd Simon-Alexander

 


You may have noticed that the work in my most recent collections has been focusing on hand dyed textiles, especially those using tie dye techniques. I learned the art of tie dyeing from my mom when I was a child growing up in the 70's and 80's. I also credit Shabd Simon- Alexander with opening my eyes to the possibilities of modernizing this ancient craft, and using it in new and vital ways. I had the pleasure of taking an introduction to Fiber Reactive Dyes class with Alexander, (who is an excellent teacher), about a year ago at Oooga Booga, here in Los Angeles.

To celebrate the immanent release of the entirety of ERMIE Collection 2, 2013, I am giving away a copy of Shabd's recently published book, Tie-Dye- Dye It, Wear It, Share It

 People often ask me what resources I recommend as an introduction to some of the various techniques I use, and I can finally say that this is the perfect book for that purpose! It's bright, beautifully designed, easy to understand, colorful, informative and inspiring. 

Just leave a comment here, under this post, about a craft or craft technique that you have been wanting to explore, by 12:01 am PST , 8/14/13. Make sure I have a way to contact you! 

I will draw the name of one winner at random, & announce it here on 8/15/13. I will send the book to the winner, free of charge to anywhere in the world. 

Good luck, and thank you to Shabd, and Potter Craft, and Random House for making this give-away possible! 

xx
-JPD

The Winner is Alisha! Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments. I wish you all happy & fruitful creating. 

Photos 1-3: ERMIE Collection 2, 2013 textiles photographed by Kate Miss. Shoes in Photo 2 by The Palatines + Weltenbuerger.

Photo 4 courtesy of Potter Craft & Random House.

29 comments:

Casie Haley Photography said...

Tie dyeing I also learned as a kid! Rubber bands, some Rit dye, a HUGE kettle and wooden spoon and there you have it! Honestly, I want to learn how to quilt. It's an art that I would like to master, and be able to gift the quilts to loved ones. :-) And Happy Birthday to you!

ginevra said...

I'm more & more interested in dyeing - I tried it for the first time with friends recently. I'd love that book!

Sand Castle said...

I've used color in food (pastry), in canvas art and now I'm exploring it on textiles!! This book would be a great addition to my mini collection before I start getting my hands dirty - pun intended!

Sand Castle said...

been dying to try these techniques! It's time to get my hands dirty - pun intended!!

Trine said...

I still remember making tie dye shirts with my best friend, back in the 90s...only yesterday I made a cover for an old sofa with some self acquired shibori like technique! ;-)
Next on my list is definitely some wood carving! All those beautiful spoons all over instagram have got me hooked!

xoxo Trine

mrsmiawallace82 (at) web (dot) de
@trinerasser over on instagram

Katri Jenni Sofia said...

I've always been a nature person but it was only this year that I really got interested in botanical colours and dyeing. I went to different courses and started experimenting different dyeing techniques. This book would be so awesome for me get inspiration and more knowledge about tie dyeing!

info@katrijennisofia.com

Sharon said...

I would love to learn the shibori tie dye technique! Happy bday J and I cannot WAIT for the next Ermie collection!

Sara Hernandez said...

I recently took my first Shibori dyeing class, and fell in LOVE.. I might have found a reason to go back to college! All I want to do is pursue fabric arts! I have been "dyeing" over the photos of your new collection. I would really love to win this beautiful book, and continue to learn!!!! Hope you have a great birthday.

Gemma said...

I've been meaning to try making natural dyes for a while now - soon hopefully. Happy birthday!

sissy said...

I've been wanting to learn some metalworking techniques to push my jewelry designs.

pkj said...

I have a pair of plain canvas shoes I've been wanting to dye--would be great to learn a few techniques from Shabd's book!

Meghan said...

I tried shibori a number of years ago, but have been hankering to give it another try. I've had my eye on this book, and would love to check it out! [megp47 at yahoo dot com]

Karina said...

I've been wanting to exploring dyeing techniques in my paintings. The colors and patterns in your clothing is always a source of inspiration for me and I'd love to learn how to do it. The book would be a great resource.

Sara Hernandez said...

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gc said...

Happy Birthday, Jen! This book looks great and makes me nostalgic for the tie-dyeing we did at summer camp when I was a kid. (Sigh.) I've been giving a ton of thought to dyeing my photographs, but need a kick in the book. Not sure this book would help, but it looks rad! What a generous birthday girl you are!!
Much love...
Ginny

www.ginnycook.net

Beklina said...

So many where to choose. Thanks Jen for the great post. I would like to explore dying natural blended fabrics, that have mixes of wool and cotton and silk. I had a a dying accent a year back that gave me this idea. I was trying to do a solid dye and the fabric was a blend and it came out with a beautiful heathering effect.

I'd love to explore that further. xx Angelina (aka lina rennell)

One Little Star said...

That book looks awesome! I am also interested in learning how to paint on silk. Love wearable art!

Pragmatic Sustainability said...

Shabd's work is gorgeous - I would love to try the projects in her book!

Gina Choe said...

Tie dying is on the list, of course, but I want my knitting skills to be intentional.I tend to dive into projects that force me to learn new stitches but I couldn't tell you anything about swatching or gauges etc :)

Gina Choe said...

(Sorry, left off my contact email from my comment. It is helloletterandline@gmail.com)

Neza said...

I'd like to do more watercolor this year, besides knitting. The book must be interesting, quite similar to watercolors.
(in case I'm the happy winner :))), I'll be on internet-free vacation after 8-12-13 for 3 weeks).
Love the bits of your new collection, your work is an inspiration, thank you!

Agnes said...

I did a collection for an university project last year that was based on dying with natural products, such as wine, curcuma, tea... I got some very interesting shades.
We also did a bag out of fabric that we dyed with shibori tehnique.

But I would still like to learn a lot more about tie dying, as I know very little, and I think her work is excellent!

Janja from Slovenia

nfc said...

I am interested in dyeing with indigo these days...would love this book! thank you

nicoleprovidence@gmail.com

Kit said...

Tie dying is definitely on the top of my list, I've always wanted to try but never dared. Not doubt this book would push me. Thank you for this giveaway!


kbloom116(at)gmail(dot)com

Moira said...

I love Shabd's updated tie-dye style. I've been getting interested in shibori and in machine knitting. I'd love to be able to make my own knits.

Alisha said...

I want to learn about hand dying and hand weaving fibers. Right now I'm just trying to learn everything I can and expose myself to the many possibilities of the craft. Thanks for inspiring me! alishabethadams at gmail dot com

patrickstar said...

So many things I'd love to learn! One of them is knitting!
My contact is patrickstar (at) gmail (dot) com
Thank you for this giveaway!

Indigo Reid said...

I'm interested in learning more about natural dyes.

Jane B said...

I've always wanted to learn chair caning. I just signed up for a class here! www.northhouse.org