Thursday, August 11, 2011
Rust-Dyed and Printed Messenger Bag
My friend J. was visiting at the end of July, on her way to ID to start her dream job as a wildlife biologist flying her own plane, tracking animals with radio collars (among many other things!). She will be paid to do what she loves best -- Fly! You can tell how proud I am of her--and I'm not even her mother! ;-)
She left her "Iron Bitch Pilot" messenger bag for me to rust dye. She designed the IBP patch for a group of female pilots she likes to hang out with. They realized they liked to talk about flying WITHOUT men around, and the IBP was born.
This is the bag soaked in vinegar solution, wrapped around rusty objects and left to marinate in the sun for several days. It's always a surprise to see what you'll get!
This is a favorite rusty trivet that I had hoped would leave an imprint on the front of the bag ... It left some rusty streaks but no visible outlines. So I moved on to Plan B and used some fabric paint to make the impressions :
I know J will add her own marks to this bag as well. I'll be mailing it off to her on Saturday. ;-)