Swimming-Inspired Textile Collection

11/26/18: Work in Progress

I am currently working on creating a textile collection inspired by swimming, using wall targets and the "T" on the bottom of the pool as motifs. Focusing on shades of blue, I am dying the fabric with fiber reactive dyes and with the shibori method in an indigo bath.

I enjoy swimming because I love the feeling of water, so I am creating these pieces to illustrate representations of water.

Here are some photos that I took that are serving as inspiration to my work:

I made this logo for the textile collection by writing my name with wavy handwriting.

Swatch 1: I stamped Presist as a resist in order to make the tiled targets as "T"s. I used tape a resist to create the diagonal lines and section off parts of the fabric. I used three shades of blue dye, and created a watery texture on the blues by applying a thick, unmixed discharge that took some of the color out and created shades of green and light blue.