Natural DYeing & Eco-printing playday
I had the great pleasure to have three ladies over for a eco-printing playdate! We first went for a foraging walk in my neighbourhood with long strips of fabric flapping behind us. We picked bits of leaves and flowers and rolled them into the fabric. we soaked the resulting bundles in vinegar and rusted iron water and then steamed them for two hours...The results were beautiful! The rest of the day we just played around with what we found in our respective gardens (lots of autumn leaves, eucalyptus, rose leaves, onion leaves) and bits of fabrics and old t-shirts. The ladies were so excited about the potential and the pure joy of co-creating with nature...A beautiful day well spent.
I have been asked by no fewer than three retailers to supply them with product made from my eco-printed fabrics!! My first 12 cushions as well as a bunch of cuffs will be delivered to a shop in Melville later this week. In October I will be launching a whole range of products under my own name in conjunction with UBU Collective (my and my sister Hannelie's new venture). The range will include leather and pearl jewellery, Cushions, tableware, wall hangings, summer scarves and hopefully ceramics too....It's all happening!!!
Finding that there is a severe shortage of opportunities for makers to sell their goods in Johannesburg, we will be organising a Makers' Pop-up event towards spring (October?). If you are a maker of any kind please contact me so we can get the ball rolling on this.
STUDIO IRA BEKKER
Welcome! Feel free to treat this website like an open studio and browse around. Look at the images, dream about the workshops and join me soon for a morning or a day or a week of just being. To me the creative state is our most natural state so that when I can just be and engage creatively I am at my very happiest and most settled in my being.
I’ve had the immense privilege to deepen into my creative processes over the last ten months and spent my time working with clay, textiles, paper, found objects and most recently plants. I had the opportunity to do a 3-month peer-mentoring program at Assemblage Studios in Newtown which enabled me to start working independently and confidently at creating work for a future exhibition. I discovered that I am much more of an expressive artist than a conceptual artist and that I love creating without an idea of what the outcome will be. I also discovered that I love sharing what I learn and that above all things it is my passion to inspire, to nurture and to create.
So this website is both a sharing and an invitation to join me in this wonderful creative adventure. Sign up for my blog, come back for inspiration and join me for a workshop. Hope to meet you soon…
This week in my studio...
Technically it is the result of a few weeks but as this is the week of completion and I finally have a laptop to blog from again we'll be flexible...
This mosaic was the first mosaic that I created in the past year! It was a lovely commission that allowed me to create ceramic inserts as well. I have to admit that I enjoyed that part the most and it took quite a lot of encouragement as well as a week's worth of assistance from Thomas to get it done but it was totally worth it...
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