WATERCOLOUR AND TEXTILE ARTIST: Eileen Gidman hand paints one of a kind textiles with dyes. The resulting fabrics are washable and suitable for sewing or framing.
Watercolour paintings are also featured on this blog by this member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
The hand (dye) painted fabric used in this
jacket front are place on the upper right of picture below the neck
band, mid-way on the left side, and the rectangle on the right above the dark
blue. Also note this special fabric is on the back of the jacket on the upper left of the
Coordinated commercial fabrics along
with one of Eileen Gidman's hand (dye) painted fabric make this
jacket outstanding. Seamstress Mrs. C, sewed this beautifully
designed jacket using a Lorraine Torrence pattern, 'Talk of the Town Patchwork Blouse'.
What fun was had choosing commercial
fabrics to complement the rich hand dyed piece of fabric. A
harmonious colour scheme (colours close together on the colour wheel) was chosen with the addition of the neutral
white which added a light to the value scale. Using the hand (dye) painted
fabric as an accent piece made made good use of a small piece of fabric.
The general placement of the fabrics
were auditioned before cutting out the pattern pieces. Special
attention to sewing details such as decorative button holes, sleeve
cuffs lined in turquoise, fabric swatches not only on the front but
also the back of the garment put this jacket in a class of it's own.