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This is a place I hope you will find beautiful textiles that bring color, joy, and inspiration into your wardrobe and home.
- Rachel Rose
It all begins as a hand painted or dyed piece of material. Most of my work is on silk, but I am always experimenting with new fibers. My favorite silk paint was (the now discontinued) Sennelier Tinfix, but Jacquard makes a silk paint that is similar. It's an acid based dye, which requires steam setting at above 250 degrees F to become permanently bonded to the fabric. I love using these particular silk paints because unique techniques can be achieved with the dye, it results in vibrant colors, little water is needed, and it has excellent wash and color-fastness. When creating hand painted clothing, usually items like the silk tees or dresses are constructed first and painted second. In other instances, the fabric will be painted first, then it will be cut and sewn into a garment. In times where many yards of fabric are needed, an original hand painted design will be scanned onto the computer and created into a repeat using photoshop. I will then work closely with a printing mill to get the design screen or digitally printed into fabric yardage. Keeping waste to a minimum is an important part of my process, and I'll reuse paint and dye materials until exhausted and repurpose fabric scraps where I can.
This site is a place where I will showcase work, past and present, much of which is available for purchase. When I began working as an independent designer, the focus was on fashion, but slowly things have evolved. Print and color has become the core of my work. Designing for clothing will continue to be my first love, but I’m so excited to create print for new products as well. I also love working directly with clients on custom orders and collaborating with other designers, so please contact me if you’d like to work together.
2011 was the beginning of this journey, and one thing is certain; As I evolve, the business will evolve. Thank you so much for taking this journey with me. And if you’re new to my work, thanks so much for taking the time to check it out.
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