Clipped From Tucson Daily Citizen
Woman's View OLD-MW CRAFT U. Of A Professor Explains Arts Of Tie-Dying And Tie Bleaching By BARBARA BARTE Citizen Staff Writer The ancient art of tie-dying is being revived in Tucson. No, it. isn't the art of dying ties (although ties can be tie- dyed). Rather, it involves tying tying off sections of a fabric and then dipping it in dye to create unusual and striking effects. and related arts in the University University o f ' Arizona's school of home economics. Day has been invited to do a one-man show during August in San Francisco where he will exhibit work he has done over the past six years including including macrame ( a coarse lace or fringe made by knotting knotting threads or cords in a geometrical stones, in ihe doth before Â« is dyed. (The fabric inside the folds and pleats, under the string and around the objects doesn't take the dye.) "Tie-dying and tie-bleaching, tie-bleaching, a reverse process, are relatively simple." says Day. "It's a matter of experimenting experimenting and practicing with different methods of achieved by mixing shades together. together. "You never know from one moment to the next what's going going to happen -- but, if you keep a record of results, it gets io be kind of a scientific thing,"' he says. Day has developed a "wad- ciing technique" in which he ties off rosettes and pours eion are coSorfas; and mav be laundered. For tie-bleaching. Day uses Clorox. He generally starts classes with ihe lie-bleaching process, as students can immediately see the results. Tie-dying takes approximately 4! minutes. minutes.