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Printmaker's Series

June 11, 2015 Katherine Soucie

 

 

Printmaker's Series

Limited Textile Collection + Skirts and Pants 

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Well the time has come for us to utilize other waste materials such as cotton and silk that we have been sitting on for a while.

Our decision to do this arose out of necessity as two of our main machines used in our hosiery textile process need to be replaced.  These specialized machines may take us some time to acquire as they do not come cheap ($5700 USD).  So if you are considering a Sans Soucie original then what we have available in our Etsy Store is what we will only have available until we are able to raise the funds to purchase new equipment.  

Moving forward and taking stock we begun to clear out our textile collection of hand dyed, printed fabrics that we have produced. The Printmaker's Series emerged this last while in response to our position and as a way to showcase other textile designs and fabrics we have produced.   This collection features cotton and cotton/silk fabrics that have incorporate traditional printmaking techniques combined with our love of rust and eco printing.  

In order to honour and maintain the softness and uniqueness of these fabrics we chose to create forms of simplicity.  The silhouette of the skirts and pants we created are versatile and timeless.  Available in sizes S-L all designs in this collection are $195 (USD).  

To view or purchase from this series please visit our Etsy Store or email us at info@sanssoucie.ca

If you are wanting to help us speed up the process to acquire new equipment we are open to contributions.  Any donations can be made to our paypal account via katherine@sanssoucie.ca or you can email info@sanssoucie.ca to make other arrangements.  

 

 

The Printmaker's Series was born out of a collection of fabrics that were made using three printmaking processes onto 100% lightweight cotton. This cotton we acquired many moons ago as offcut yardage from a clothing manufacturer based in Vancouver.

This one of a kind limited production collection of skirts features unique hand printed details using low impact eco-friendly dyes that was initially treated with an experimental textile printing process known as deconstructed printing. This process allows for the ability to create textural layers of imagery using dyes in a very painterly fashion. After the fabrics were printed and processed using this technique it was ready for the next step, silk screen. We used photo emulsion silk screens inspired by Art Nouveau imagery that was hand drawn then altered digitally. Instead of using textile inks like we do in our hosiery textile printing process we used dyes to create a softer layer that would compliment the first layer of printing we applied. Once this technique was processed and completed, all of the fabric was then carefully bound and wrapped with salvaged industrial metal. This application known as eco printing allows for the the rust to transfer itself onto any surface it is in contact with. This is done very carefully as if the process if done too long it can actually damage and decompose the cloth. We are able to interrupt this from happening through many years of working with this technique.

The end result of this experimentation has transformed itself into a series of one of a kind skirts, which we are happy to say WE LOVE!

This is the perfect 3/4 lightweight skirt for the summer but can be easily worn year round. It features a simple drawstring waist and 2 side pockets.

To care for this skirt we suggest machine washing in cold, tumble dry and medium to hot iron in the case of wrinkling. It is 100% pre-shrunken cotton ( our processes take care of that!)

Sizing ( Small fits a a size 4-6 )
( Medium fits a size 8-10 )
( Large fits a size 12-14 )

 

This pant design is part of our Printmaker's Series. In connection to a series of textiles we created using various traditional printmaking techniques, this collection is made with a silk/cotton blended fabric.

These one of a kind limited pants was inspired by the idea of creating a pair of wearable lightweight pants that would feature and honour the layers of imagery we imposed onto the surface of this cloth. How we created this textile design was by first silkscreen the offwhite cloth with white textile ink ( low impact and water soluable). After it was dried and cured we wrapped and bound the material with salvaged rusty metal we collected from around Vancouver. After several days it was removed and cleaned before the final print process was applied. This application known as eco printing allows for the the rust to transfer itself onto any surface it is in contact with. This is done very carefully as if the process if done too long it can actually damage and decompose the cloth. We are able to interrupt this from happening through many years of working with this technique. Next, we used 150 years old Japanese kimono stencils we acquired many years ago for a project we were commissioned to do for a local dance company. These historical gems were used for that particular production and we were fortunate to have been able to keep these for future use. What these kimono stencils are, are fragments of a series of mulberry stencils that would have been used to print the textiles by hand. These are very fragile artefacts that we hope to preserve for future inspiration and use.

The Printmaker's Harem Pant is the perfect lightweight pant for the summer but can be easily worn year round. It features an elasticized waistband, 2 side pockets and elasticized pant leg cuff. We only have 3 pair of these pants in a S, M and L. Please message us before ordering to ask if we have your size!

To care for this garment we suggest hand washing and hand to dry. You may use a medium iron setting with no steam.

Sizing ( Small fits a a size 4-6 )
( Medium fits a size 8-10 )
( Large fits a size 12-14 )


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