After your arrival and looking at some sample shirts, we will go in the yard and see what kind of leaves/plants/shapes/stencils you would like to use as the stencil for your shirt. This is rain forest with a lot of ferns and trees. You can pick out a shirt or shirts provided and we will mix a bleaching solution of the right strength for the color shirt picked. Group size will be about 4 people max. My outdoor studio is screened in, masks and gloves are provided. We lay out our shirts and spray them with the solution front and back and wait what happens. While we have something to drink, the shirts get double washed and hung up to dry and you can take the damp shirt with you or for a small fee it can be mailed to you later.
After doing a lot of handmade knitwear on the US Mainland, and moving to this beautiful Island of Hawaii, I was inspired by my rain forest surroundings and started making reverse dye shirts using the plant leaves as stencils. I sell these shirts at the local Farmers markets and online. Someone suggested she wanted to make one herself and since this is not a very hard thing to do, since there is no wrong way and each shirt is a surprise, I decided to offer this as an experience in my screened in out door studio in Pahoa where the materials and space are available for you to enjoy.
I will provide one shirt per person, more shirts available for purchase. Materials to make your shirts will be provided…
We will pick our leaves from the yard. This yard is all fenced in and private, with a variety of plants, so we will look for the best shapes. It is a beautiful location.
Tropical rain forest shirt dying