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Threads of Life

June 15, 2011 - July 25, 2011

Electron and Scanning Electron Microscopy have informed Julie Ryder’s latest body of work.

I have used images of my scanned fabrics and microorganisms to form new designs and motifs for my textiles. SEM images are produced in black and white, so any colour is introduced and enhanced by computer software programs. I have investigated the use of the digital colour palette in this latest body of work, and have interpreted it through hand-printing with reactive dyes onto cotton fabrics.

The technique I have used is called ‘chemical resist’, whereby the properties of one class of reactive dye inhibit the application of another.  This enables you to get multi-colour designs onto the fabrics with dyes, without using silkscreen separations.

In “Threads of Life” the textile lengths represent my interpretations of the transference of genetic information from one life form to another. This is the ‘unseen’ material that keeps our society alive – both the human world and the microscopic one.


June 15, 2011
July 25, 2011


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Paddington, NSW 2021 Australia
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