dye magic
Jan 17
Jan 26 2020
Window Installation

Allie Davis is an artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre whose primary practice involves the natural dyeing of washi (Japanese paper) with plant-based materials. ‘dye magic’ is a solo window installation which showcases both the strength of washi and the power of natural dyes, to create a diverse range of colours. Their work is created using a traditional Japanese resist-dyeing technique called shibori, in which the paper is folded and manipulated, to create timeless geometric patterns.  While shibori dates back to the 8th century, Allie takes pride in practicing the ancient craft while merging it with a contemporary design aesthetic. They make sure to respect the earth by dyeing with safe, energy-efficient methods—often cold-dyeing, reusing multiple dye baths, and recycling materials. These large-scale paper designs raise the question: can wall decor feel magical, while remaining environmentally sustainable?

Participants
Allie Davis
Acknowledgements
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