The Art Of Natural Dyeing - A Conversation with Jessica Unsell
"The Earth is one big spectrum of color" -- Jessica Unsell on the art of dyeing
We see so many mesmerizing colors in the the natural world and with some patience and knowledge it's possible to capture them onto our favorite medium. I talked to Jessica Unsell, creator of Wild Fire Water, about her passion for the natural dyeing process onto fabric. Her work speaks for itself in beauty and Eco-consciousness, creating heirloom pieces for anyone to enjoy.
I had the pleasure of collaborating with her on my own recent project and wanted to expand on our conversation! Read on to hear what she had to say:
What sort of plants are used? Natural dying is so much more than just plants! You can also use insects, mushrooms, minerals and even food!
What is your favorite ingredient to work with? My current favorite dye stuff is wood shavings and wood chips. These tannin rich barks hold beautiful color inside them ... that and I have a soft spot for anything wood.
What surprised you the most about the process? The sensitivity of some dye stuff! A slight shift in PH, a few drops of iron or even washing in hard water can all significantly change color. There has been SO many times I started with one color and ended up with another, who knew!
Where would you recommend someone start if they are interested? Get a book, take a class, watch some you-tube videos. If you are interested, just start! You have to start somewhere…. I’ve only been dyeing with natural dye for the last 2 years (synthetic dyes since 2001). It’s overwhelming at first, so start slow and learn the process before taking on big projects. Record all your dyeing in a journal. Most of all have fun and get dirty!
You can check out all her work on her social media site Instagram & Etsy store.
Thank you for stopping by!
I will be offering these limited, naturally hand dyed bags at my Etsy shop this Fall, 10-11 2018