TIE-DYE TROUBADOUR: Jason White
Feb 28, 2013 11:16PM
● By Corinne Moore
He added the process is “real work and can take days to pull off.” White said the details are more complex than the tie-dyes of the 1960s. White explained the process begins with pre-soaking the fabric in soda ash and wringing out. Depending on the design, White said he draws a design onto the fabric. Then, he folds the fabric and wraps with string to create the “lines.” White stated he usually folds all day. He joked, “It’s like baking cookies. It’s easier to do 12 at a time.” Next, White mixes the dyes and injects the color with needles “one drop at a time to place the color right where I want it.
“It allows for more accuracy over other techniques,” he added. The fabric generally sets overnight and dries in the morning sun. Finally, White opens the designs and rinses them three to four times to prevent bleeding. White admitted he’s sometimes surprised how the patterns turn out.
He said he studies the angles and aspects of the folds. White noted, “It’s like cutting snowflakes out of paper.” He stated he also learns from each project and has determined what he may see as a mistake is simply something he wasn’t expecting.
Recently, White joined forces with the Morphis Art Collective. He stretches dye pieces for paintings. White proudly shared that it has given him recognition in the art community as an artist and not ”just a maker of clothes.”
White is also a musician and member of the local band, Mama Tried. He sells his pieces at their shows. Find Mama Tried at Cabo on Monday nights or view more of White’s wearable art and tapestries online at https://www.facebook.com/texifornia.tyedyes or call 832-883-1603.