The one-of-a-kind, unique, hand-made designs are created with many different techniques--direct dye painting, batik (wax-resist), and rozome (Japanese methods of kimono design), most often on silk. Sometimes the designs call for beeswax, or soy wax, or the process requires etching or painting with thickened dyes.
Silk accepts dyes very brilliantly and makes the dyeing a joyous experience. The designs are most often inspired by aspects of nature.
For Leigh the design process is a blend of planning, spontaneity, and experimentation. Frequently the process begins with a drawing on the silk, and progresses with ideas that occur while working. Descriptive of her feelings about working with dyes are passion and joy
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