Making of a silk dress with a wing painted on it.
With dye in color blue black.
Realistic feathers placed unrealistically.
A long story told as is.
By artist/escapist Yuko Nagai, currently Miss Sore Thumb in a rural Japanese town
who rambles about random stuff as well.
Read on.
Thank you.

February 20, 2008

wing dress update: preparing the fabric for dye swatches...

happy full moon, everybody

what i am posting today is the procedure
one must go through
before moving forward to actually
painting on the fabric using fabric dye

fabrics, usually, are treated
with some kind of starch
to make them look the way they look
when displayed at the store

and that substance may/ would prevent from
having dye sink into fabric grain

cast of characters

several chemicals to help releasing the starch from
fabric grain evenly

that's one big pot, you may say
no, i ain't gonna boil your kitty do not worry

(please be noted: this is an animal friendly blog)

the fabric is
stretch silk satin in ivory white
purchased in down town los angeles garment district
can't find any (stretch silk) in tokyo

-if you happen to know where (in japan), please do let me know-

heat water to appx. 60c (about 140f)
dissolve 2 chemicals
and dip fabric slowly

and poke it around with that
long wooden thing once in a while

leave it like that for about 2hrs then
rinse off the chem with
plenty of water

my apology to the environment
i'll make it up for that someplace else

traditionally, the kind of ink used to trace designs is
from a plant called asiatic dayflower
color of the ink is blue, but will fade in time or when moistened

the one i use is synthetic tho

before cutting the fabric i must somehow
straighten the fabric grain

i usually just align it to a ruler and
steam iron (at not too high heat)

one of my wing drawings....

see the square, marked in the middle?
that's from when i made a pencil drawing

fabric cut and
in process of tracing the pattern

traced and
ready for action

next, i will be painting in the feathers
using dye in blue black

when worn, i'm sure
crows will befriend me


obscurio said...


are you tracing onto the silk with pencil or something else?

...i think i'd quite like to be befriended by crows... it's better than being befriended by crow's feet. ;¬)

Peruby said...

I find this fascinating. Looking forward to more updates and pictures.

webmaster pomona said...


usually with that blue pen in the picture.
crows are getting very smart in tokyo-they pick a coin off wherever and insert it in a slot to get a bag of bird feed for themselves.
crows around where i live aren't that slick though ;^D

thank you for coming by and taking an interest in my humble project-please check back soon ;^J


I really admire your work! I think that dragon-print kimono dress you designed is beautiful...

webmaster pomona said...

hi bb---
thanks!! it's very encouraging for me to hear kind words like yours ;^J