Sunday, January 28, 2018



Mending is cool!

Mend before you spend.

#mendingiscool #mendbeforeyouspend

Wednesday, December 13, 2017



I like to wrap my Christmas gifts in pretty cloth. That way the wrapping is functional and can be used instead of wrapping paper that just ends up in the garbage.

Most people enjoy the novelty of a second small gift with their gift. Especially if they know I created the finish on the cloth by hand.

When I have finished printing with my lino stamps, I clean off the sponge roller on a piece of white cloth. I can create bold stripes or checks this way. The fabric is striking on its own, or as the base for more prints. It is a way to use up the leftover paint in the sponge, rather than washing it down the drain.

Have YOU ever used fabric for gift wrap?

#wrapyourgiftsinfabric #easytechnique #textilesurfacedesign

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


When I was teaching full time, a friend came to me one day and begged me to take this shoe off her hands.

Her husband had bought a brand new pair of shoes, and her ridge-back pup had eaten the top on the second day he had them. She asked me to add the shoe to my printing basket so that she could be rid of the damning evidence.

She returned to the store with the remaining shoe to find a replacement pair in the hope that her husband would not notice, and her pup would be spared the scolding. She had the single shoe in the trolley, when she turned away to look for something on the shelf.

When she got back to her trolley, it was gone. Some store merchandiser likely thought it was a sample from a shelf.

It was an unlucky pair of shoes that did not last a week.

More than a decade later, it still serves me in my printing basket.

#printingwithfoundobjects

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Floral Heart Shaped Stamp

















Everybody likes hearts and all girls like flowers, so this lino stamp is a hit. This floral heart-shaped stamp took me two whole days to carve. It started out as a good idea and ended up being a labour of love.



It was all worth it though because everybody loves this stamp and I have used it to create articles for Cratwise Magazine and I have used it to print on canvas for Show Me How on DSTV. I have printed it on many different materials in many different colourways. I have used it to print on fabric, card, paper, wood, leather and pvc.


Many people have asked me if they can buy this stamp from me, however it is irreplaceable. The fact that I can keep printing images over and over again means that it has almost infinite value.


I have found a supplier who can produce a nice quality stamp for me and they can even make it in pink! I am very excited about my new pink stamps. They will be available at R150 for the 20cm x 20cm stamp. Let me know if you would like me to add your name to the waiting list at




I cannot wait to see what my students make using these new stamps!


Have a great day in full colour!



Kind regards

Melanie

0835689150























Wednesday, October 19, 2011

10 000 T-Shirts For Charities










Our drive to collect 10 000 Rainbow T-shirts For Children In Orphanages is picking up pace and we are having a great deal of fun as we go.


You can participate in store st our stockists at Art Den in Roodepoort and at The Crafter's Den in Edenvale.


We have also taken the activity to Hobby-X and the Waterkloof Airshow & Lifestyle Exhibition.


My students in my classes are also contributing and some of them are even sending me T-shirts in the post from outlying areas.


Thank you to all of you who have supported the drive so far.


Get in touch with me directly if you would like me to send you a schedule of dates and venues where you can get involved at info@dyeandprints.co.za


Have a great day in full colour!



Kind regards

Melanie

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mount Olive Outreach










Last week we went to the Mount Olive Outreach near Lenasia with HIVSA to share our skills with the local community. We gave people from the surrounding area the chance to come and dye fabrics and T-shirts. We hope that the experience will inspire them to start their own businesses.



The smiling faces in these pictures tell the story...


Have a great day in full colour!



Kind regards

Melanie

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Friday, July 29, 2011

10 000 T-shirts For Charities






We are doing a drive to collect 10000 T-shirts for charities in Gauteng.

While it is fairly difficult for one person or organisation to make a big difference in the lives of many orphans, it is fairly easy for many people to do one small thing, especially if they can have fun while doing it.

Visit one of the venues where we are having this drive and become part of this awesome charity drive. How it works...

Arrive at the venue with two white 100% cotton T-shirts. Pay a nominal fee of R30 for the materials that you will use. We will show you how to dye the T-shirts. Take one home for yourself and leave the other behind and we will donate it to an orphanage.

The children who benefit will not only receive a practical garment that they can wear, they also receive a unique gift that has been made with love by somebody especially for them.

Contact me today for more information so that you can find a venue that suits you at info@dyeandprints.co.za

Have a great day in full colour!


Kind regards
Melanie
0835689150