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The definitive, "no-holds-barred", look at tie-dye for everyone! Both beginners and seasoned professional fiber artists can reap tremendous amounts from this DVD. If you would like to learn how to tie-dye or advance your skills in tie-dyeing, then this is a must have.

Learn fabulously crisp color techniques to snowflakes, kaleidoscopes, pigment dyeing, and just about everything tie-dyed. All of the tips, tricks, folds, and licks- An opera of color and technique!

The Art of Tie-Dye spans more than twelve years of tie-dyeing that culminates on an entertaining and very informative DVD. Non-stop tie-dye instructional footage, special features, interviews and more ... The Art of Tie-Dye (DVD) is the ultimate "How-to Tie-Dye" resource.

Art of Tie-Dye Chapters

1. Introduction & Preparation
2. Chemical Water

T-shirts

3. Scrunch/Chaos
4. Accordion Fold
5. Earth
6. Indian Spiral
7. Lightning Bolt
8. V-Design

Tapestries

09. Earth
10. Kaleidoscope
11. Spiral
12. Mandala
13. Star

14. Procion MX Dye
15. Pigment Dye
16. Dyeing T-Shirts
17. Dyeing Tapestries
18. Rinsing & Drying

Special Features

19. Interview with Mike Fowler
20. Tie-dye & California

Review

Refreshing, exhilarating, exciting and wildly vivid! I think all surface designers should see and use it! -- Jason Pollen, Kansas City Art Institute

… reflects the exuberance and vitality of "California Tie-Dye" and demystifies what has been in our consciousness since the 60’s. -- Jan Myers-Newbury, Surface Design Association

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Fowler
  • Directors: Andreas Monies Bøggild
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, PAL
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Monies Film
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007QQW2W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,847 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paula Burch on March 3, 2005
There are many books and web sites on the subject of tie-dyeing, but none of them can teach you how to do it as well as actually watching. In this DVD, Michael Fowler demonstrates exactly how to fold fabric for tie-dyeing in many different ways, including mandalas, earths, kaleidoscope, stars, spirals, lightning bolts, chaos, and more. He also gives exact details of recipes that work, using Procion MX dye, and discusses the advantages of both fiber reactive dyeing and pigment "dyeing" with paint, for different purposes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. O'Connor on March 3, 2005
Whether you are a beginner or a professional tie-dyer, this DVD has loads of great information. From the ubiquitous spiral to esoteric mandalas, Michael Fowler clearly demonstrates techniques that will help bring your tie-dyes up several notches. I have searched print sources and the Internet for this kind of information without success until now. Furthermore, the DVD nudges you to explore your own combinations using his folds as building blocks. The fast paced presentation will also help you explore color combinations that you probably not considered before. I have viewed The Art of Tie-dye repeatedly, each time picking up something new. I can't believe some of the creations I have made since viewing this DVD!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Jensen on March 6, 2005
For anyone who has ever desired to give tie dye a try, Mike Fowler's DVD, "The Art of Tie Dye", is a fantastic place to gain the knowledge to get you started. Mike's passion and years of experience as a professional tie dyer offer the viewer with all kinds of tips for tie dyeing, that would never be discovered on their own.

He gives very easy directions on the preparation of fabric, 6 different methods of folding shirts, as well 5 methods of folding cloth for tapestries which achieve amazing kaleidoscope patterns. Recipes are given for the preparation and use of both MX dyes and pigments. Step by step processes are clearly illustrated, in addition to explanations given on why you need to use the different supplies in each recipe and the role each one plays, which helps to understand the complete process.

Whether you are a quilter or tie dyeing for fun or for profit, you will gain a wealth of information to create one of a kind fabrics for wearable art and home decor. This DVD offers endless options and is one that you will go back to, time and time again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brigitta on March 8, 2005
Inspiring. Michael Fowler shares his dye recipes and patterns for tieing in an easy to follow format. The end results are beautiful. A beginner could feel confident of great results following these instructions. I have been dyeing fabric for a few years now, and still felt I learned from this, and was inspired by his use of color and patterns. The editing is a bit choppy in a few places, but overall the DVD is fun to watch as well as informative.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wesley B. Willis on March 3, 2005
This is it, what every tie-dyer has waited for. You've spent years trying to figure out the folds of that really cool mandala tapestry you saw in the parking lot at that Grateful Dead concert, and still all you end up with is a blob.

Never fear, Michael Fowler has spent those years in active persuit of the tie dye dream, and now he delivers it to you, lock stock and barrel.

Mike takes you from the very beginning, literally holding your hand as you take those first steps into a world of color. he takes you from the basic to advanced, and covers everything from dye preparation, to washing the final product.

He shows you how to take his folds and springboard off of them, so that your final product is unique, and individual. He presents all of this in a an organized fashion, and he leaves nothing out. That's right, while most tie-dyers are secretive about their process, Mike is taking the high road here, and showing all the little "secrets" that, up to now, have been very well kept.

I personally have read almost every book there is on tie-dying out there, and none of them even come close to what this DVD does, it will teach you what you need to know to dye beautifully, and creatively.

Final word, if tie-dye is in your life, you need this dvd.

'nuff said, go buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Djembedrummer on August 21, 2005
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The greatest aspect of this DVD is that it covers a lot of ground but has enough repetition to in for retention purposes in it too. There is more to this than instruction and it truly gives a sense of how tie-dying works.

The one downside we (as we watched this as a family) is that it would have nice to have seen the final products prior to doing the particular fold pattern that he was doing. It was not until the very end, when he removes the final product from the dryer, did we see how the pattern turns out. I think it would helped reinforce the folding and dying process to what the creator has in mind.

But, overall, the DVD is a pleasure to watch as he moves with such effortlessness when he makes his art. One gets a sense from watching it that the entire family could join in and do it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Parmley on March 3, 2005
Tie-Dye Artist, Michael Fowler shares his passion for the art of tie-dye in this unique, informative and organized DVD. Whether you're a beginning tie-dyer needing to know the basics or a seasoned tie-dyer looking for inspiration and alternative techniques you'll find this DVD a very welcome and much needed addition to the world of tie dye resources. A resource you'll go back to again and again.
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