Good News! My work got into the BoND Exhibition in Hangzhou, China

In the post last June, I showed the silk swatches I dyed along with the dilemma of how to present them to enter a show in China. You can see it HERE

A Ring of Silks
I did get into the show! That means sending it to China! The title of the show is “Contemporary Art and Design Exhibition: Natural Dyes and Colors of Nations”. I assumed my pieces were the colors of old China. It will be in November at the Chinese National Silk Museum in Hangzhou, China.  My ring began as a hoola hoop!

Every piece started out as white. I used different white silks to get many shades in one dye pot. The dyes are the result of my experiments when researching old European dyes from a book, The Colorful Past. I was looking for natural dyes that might have been used in early China.

I made 48 separate dye baths for the project, each one using a different dye recipe or variation. There was a total of 720 samples.
A sack of bran, a handful of sumac, and three buckets of clear rainwater, are examples given in the old recipes. I had to estimate the size of “a handful” then estimate what weight that would be for sumac.

 I used a contemporary dye book , The Art and Science of Natural Dyes, by Boutrop and Ellis to help with the vague descriptions and proportions in the old recipes.

29 thoughts on “Good News! My work got into the BoND Exhibition in Hangzhou, China”

  1. Congratulations for having your work accepted. The hangings R really beautiful, the colors bright & wonderful. Keep up the work & keep getting awards & pleasure from it.

    All good & happy things, Dorie

  2. Wonderful pursuit with amazing “ring”. That such discovery of color dyes are just as beautiful now as they have been for so long. Glad to see the Art survives in your efforts. I am sure the show people agree by welcoming your efforts in their event.

  3. Peggy,
    Congratulations on being chosen for the show! Well done!
    Your colors are stunning and the clever way you mounted the silk pieces is inspired. Gives each piece an opportunity to move in the slightest breeze to show each angle capturing the light.
    Sara Jeanne Burke

  4. What an honor to not only be accepted into the show but to now be part of the museum’s permanent collection!!! Your colors really glow in this new photograph, and I loved reading about your historically attuned dye process.


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