Dye Master

Dye Master


Though I am completely swayed by the precision of digital printing especially when it involves cosmic prints like the ones above, that's not to say hand dying isn't completely ruled out.  Especially when someone like Shabd Simon-Alexander, based in Brooklyn, NY is doing it with such vigour and enthusiasm, having just opened up her e-shop selling hand-dyed leggings, bodies, tops and shorts with jewellery and accessories soon to come.  It's not just the scorching heat this weekend that is making me yearn for these prints that are of course best enhanced by sunlight but that it's preserving a craft in a way that is contemporary and relevant…

What makes it even more interesting is that Shabd is willing to custom dye your own items to your specification meaning that with the right dress, I could end up print-blocking different prints together… I'm most defintiely into the idea of mixing Prism, Crystalline and Lichen all together into one garment (these are the names given to the various prints…).  This really is a case where messing around with a bunch of dyes in my bathtub would probably NOT result into these prints and so a true dye master is needed to get these spaced out effects…  


From this basic line of garments, I'm also sure Shabd has some more complex design ideas up her sleeve looking at her portfolio… I'm literally DYE-ING to know what Shabd will get up to next…



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  1. Emmy

    2009-05-31 at 9:19 PM

    whoa…this is ridiculously cool. i wish i was half as skilled at tie-dying, i inevitably mess up any project of the sort i undertake.

  2. Debbie

    2009-05-31 at 9:35 PM

    these are super! I could never in my life produce something so beautiful.. thanks for posting this up!

  3. Alicia

    2009-05-31 at 10:42 PM

    Very cool! I love how much depth is in each print. Usually I see one or two colors, but these…these are great.

  4. Brigadeiro

    2009-05-31 at 10:50 PM

    Ahaha, love that last line, Susie! 🙂

  5. Ashley

    2009-05-31 at 11:10 PM

    Love the crop top and the leggings! Fun colors too! Wish I was so talented at tie-dying, I always just make a huuuuuge mess…

  6. Maria Llanos

    2009-05-31 at 11:27 PM

    i love cosmic prints. I recently used some cosmic backgrounds for a graphic design project involvin a hawaiian dancer holding the eart,a disco ball and some lighting. lol
    I posted it on my blog if you’d like to take a look at it.

  7. faddict

    2009-06-01 at 12:22 AM

    I never understood how people could manipulate dye so well as to come up with these kind of awesome patterns. I would love to wear lots of her pieces all at once!

  8. KD

    2009-06-01 at 12:52 AM

    Tie-dying at its most epic.

  9. amanda

    2009-06-01 at 12:57 AM

    love her stuff too..she just emailed me and then i saw your post a second later. def. all about these kinds of prints this summer..

  10. heathen

    2009-06-01 at 2:03 AM

    those prints are so well done! tie-dying is so difficult to make it look that good.

  11. Tikki

    2009-06-01 at 2:20 AM

    The prints are very cool..I luv them 🙂

  12. Laia

    2009-06-01 at 5:57 AM

    oh woah.
    1. what an awesome idea
    2. trying to figure out what i’d want dyed now!

  13. alicepleasance

    2009-06-01 at 9:48 AM

    Oh nice! I love the leggings.

  14. adreamer

    2009-06-01 at 10:13 AM

    WOW. can’t believe these cosmic prints are hand dyed.
    heheh i love the daggy puns you end of on.

  15. Meream

    2009-06-01 at 4:59 PM

    I am not a big fan of dyes, and I don’t know why.

  16. missmilki

    2009-06-01 at 5:41 PM

    Right now I’m kicking myself for getting rid of a tie dye top I used to have – it was actually the top of Benetton swimsuit but I totally loved it. And it really reminds me of this type of tie dye. Its really delicate and beautiful.

  17. V

    2009-06-02 at 10:37 AM

    i’d love to have one in my wardrobe!!

  18. SwanDiamondRose

    2009-06-04 at 9:01 PM

    lovely shop and great idea. and everything really.

  19. sisi

    2009-06-06 at 2:00 AM

    well,,,i like these images.. fantastic..but the printing on clothes r too much look like flowers,, i thought they could be more future advance…

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