Lisa White Reber has been making something with her hands since an early age. After a bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History, her day jobs were in bookkeeping and customer service, and fine craftsmanship took up much of her spare time. Quilting took center stage beginning in 1994, with dyeing fabric and fibers gradually becoming the focus of her need to create.
Starting with the basics of producing mottled and solid colors on white cotton fabric, her exploration of dyes has expanded from the tie-dyer’s favorite Procion MX type dyes to include discharge (color removal) , acid dyes for protein fibers, disperse dyes for polyester, and vat dyes that combine the addition and subtraction of color on natural fibers. Dyeing more and more yardage led to the creation of her hand-dye business, DippyDyes, in 2008, followed by a regular schedule vending at quilt shows since 2009. Teaching dyeing at many of these shows followed in 2012, with students returning year after year to learn new skills for use in their own creations.
Her investigation of surface design techniques includes using various resists – mechanical, like clamping, tying and stitching, and chemical, like wax, glue and flour – plus screen-printing and painting with thickened dyes and discharge agents. Combining these techniques in as many ways as possible is her plan for the next several decades.
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