Sunday, 23 March 2014

Macclesfield Silk Museum

This  weekend I took a trip to Macclesfield to visit the Silk Museum, local history plays a part in this project and as I working mainly with silk, what better place to visit?

The highlight for me was the small section on how the silks were originally dyed - naturally - the board stated something about madder which I had forgotten, alum pre-mordant makes it red….
this explains all the trouble I'd had this week getting purple silk instead of red! I'd been making an alkaline solution with madder and sodium bicarbonate but I had pre-treated  my silk with alum.
But I can now go back and further experiment with my digital prints.