Instructables build night with light sensitive textile dyes!

  • September 7, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Let's experiment with light sensitive textile dyes, courtesy of Instructables and Lumi! Lumi is a new DIY alternative to screen printing. The process works on any other natural & absorbent fiber. Once finished, your print is permanent and can be machine washed without fading.

Since we're the science nerds, we'll also give a quick introduction about the science, alchemy, and even microbiology of the mysterious indigo and other pot dyes that the Lumi Inkodye technology is based on.

Make sure to bring some natural fabric to print on! T-shirt, blouse, underwear, pillow case, lampshade, raw leather, wood, or just some art paper. You may also want to bring something to print onto your fabric: a negative on inkjet transparency (check out the Lumi app), or just some interesting leaves or other objects. Lots of ideas on the Lumi website!

Be warned: we may also deviate a bit from the officially approved uses for these dyes - experiment at your own risk!

We may also do some experiments with anthotypes: printing with photosensitive flower and plant extracts. If you want to give this a try, bring (a) some petals from a colorful flower, berries or other plant material (carnations, violets, poppies, rose petals, spinach, red wine, beetroot, carrot, onion - you name it!), (b) some negative to print, and (c) a picture frame in which you can clamp the paper and your negative together for a few days to weeks.Lastly - make sure to take some pictures! And help us out to put together some kick-ass instructables on all the crazy stuff we came up with during this build night!

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  • Alex ^.

    Vehicle refusing to cooperate; will be late if I can make it at all. Either way, looking forward to seeing what we produce!

    September 7, 2013

  • william

    These dyes look great.

    September 7, 2013

  • Patrik

    We'll be writing a couple of Instructables documenting what we made, so I would appreciate it if people could take copious photographs and notes along the way. I'll be happy to help out anyone who wants to put together their own instructable (could be as simple as a set of photographs with a one-line description for each).

    September 4, 2013

  • Patrik

    Hi all!

    Make sure to bring something to print *on* (anything from a white T-shirt to a wooden plank), and something to print *with* (could be some leaves or other objects, or a photographic negative on inkjet transparencies). We'll try to have some backups available for you, but no guarantees on that.

    Feel free to post suggestions on the Meetup page on what kind of projects we could make with these dyes. Printing on skin or hair is one out-of-the-box possibility! The dyes are supposed to be fairly non-toxic, and I'm planning to try some on myself ahead of time. Experiment at your own risk!

    To add a bit more of a biology angle, we'd also like to try our hands at printing using photosensitive plant dyes. If you'd like to experiment with this, please bring some petals, berries or other colorful plant material, and a picture frame in which you can clamp the paper and your negative together for a few days to weeks.

    See you all this Saturday!

    September 4, 2013

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