My kids school, like many kids schools, has a yearly auction to raise money for the PTA. Since I am not much of an auction goer I opt to help out by making stuff, preferably stuff that involves the kids or school in some way. Last year I made a Hang Ten Jacket using fabric my daughters 1st grade class designed using nature objects and negative print making.
This year I introduced her 2nd grade class to ice dying for Ice Week.
With the guidance of Beth Mastrudeh we devised a way to do the dying safely in the classroom by premixing the dye with water and freezing it instead of dusting the dye on top of the ice cubes. It created a bit of a different effect but was equally lovely and safe to demonstrate to the kids.
At the end of Ice Week after the kids had been studying how ice works I came to visit the class. I gave a little talk on dying fabric before they watched as the ice cubes melted and mixed dying they fabric before there eyes. The kids had lots of great questions and were excited to see the fabric once the ice had all melted. At the end of the day I took the fabric home, washed it and then took it to the studio to be turned into handbags.
The fabric became two handbags, one fold-over clutch with a leather asymmetric bottom and the second a rectangular clutch with leather strap. Ready for the auction!
This year they are running the auction a little differently and included a public online auction which the bags are a part of. Want a interesting one of kind handbag? Go bid and support a good cause! (The photos on the link aren’t the best but I am including plenty here and below)
Testing and Final Dyeing
The Final Bags – bid on them HERE