Yesterday I explained that I would like to replicate an effect from an Alexander McQueen dress. This features a traditional positive-negative damask design which then drips down the dress as it disintegrates.
Lyn suggested using a batik effect, and this is what I did – to an extent.
I photocopied a damask design in black and white. I laid some thin silk over the photocopy, and where it was black I painted over it with hot wax. I removed the silk from the paper and taped the fabric to the wall. The next step was to paint over the cooled wax with discharge paste and wait for it to drip down.
The paste ran down the fabric in an artful way, which was then dried off with a hair dryer.
Once fully dry I ironed the fabric on the back side which both melted the wax and activated the dischrage paste.
The effect was very good (considering I had no idea if the paste would work with wax as a resist.
Once washed the discharged area was almost white and I plan to make a little top from this piece of turquoise, stretch silk – which I previously used to make a Burda blouse for the SWAP. However this was only an experiment. I want to make the McQueen silk dress in navy blue, with the discharge paste causing the fabric to turn lighter blue – perhaps unevenly so.
However there is a big problem. The turquoise silk was light weight and thin enough for me to see the damask design underneath, allowing me to simply paint the hot wax over the black parts. With my thick navy silk I don’t know how to get the wax resist to provide the damask design. I could perhaps cut the paper to make a stencil and paint over it with wax (or maybe just the discharge paste); or maybe another method may work. What if I paint the design in wax onto some silk organza and then press it onto the navy. After letting it dry it should resist the discharge paste. I may have to experiment with both these ideas before deciding on which way forward.
In the meantime I wanted to say Happy Easter to everyone. We had a lovely Sunday brunch with Eggs Benedict on homemade muffins, pain au raisin, and hot cross buns. All of it home made by Nick.