I started by soaking the fabric in soda ash and water for about 30 minutes. The soda ash is needed for the the dye to latch onto the cotton. I wrung out the fabric and placed in a large pan to catch the drippings as the snow melts. For fun I put recycled containers under the fabric lifting it off the bottom of the pan.
One of the cool things about dyeing with snow is you can pile the snow onto lumpy surfaces and still get a nice result. When dyeing with ice for example you need a more even surface or the ice simply falls off the edges.
Waiting is the hardest part! Here we are halfway through the melting. It doesn't help that my studio is a bit chilly at this time of year! I typically plan on waiting 24 hours before rinsing and washing the fabrics. Tick-Tock... the first snow dyes of 2015!
|The circles are about 20"
|I did not use recycled containers with this piece