Monday, January 27, 2014

Doran Doran!

And I'm not talking about a Second British Invasion of Rock and Roll!  That's Duran Duran, silly.  Rather I'm referring to another, much more IT savvy Diane.  Diane Rusin Doran.

I have just finished watching her newest DVD from beginning to end.  I have my head FULL!  There is SO much information here, you will want to play your copy over and over to digest it all.

I 'made' my in-house IT guy (better know as DH David) watch this with me today.  I figured that I'm so non-techy that I would have to have him there to interpret.  But, no, I did get it….it's just that there is an incredible amount of information to get.

My personal favorites expanded on drip dyeing and screen  printing. Doran's way (digital) is superior to mine (dyes and inks and mess) in that there is nothing for me to be allergic to…and there is no ink dribbled all over my studio and no dye in strange places, hence no mess to clean.

Granted I'm going to have to watch it completely at least one more time and still will probably have to refer to it.  So, I'd suggest buying a copy instead of borrowing one from a friend….you really will want to refer to it.

I want to try drip dyeing!  You can't believe what you can do.  I am imagining using some of my colorful photographs from our trip West this last spring full of colors that make my heart sing…and I will know, deep inside, that there is another layer of meaning embedded in my printed fabric.

So:  A shout out to Vivika Denegre who knew I would connect with Diane Rusin Doran's DVD!

These comments from DH:  He would recommend that you watch it with your computer and try to play along with what Doran is doing (Next on my agenda).  And, some familiarity with Photoshop Elements is very helpful, particularly with layers.


  1. I want to try drip dyeing! .......and there is no ink dribbled all over my studio and no dye in strange places, hence no mess to clean.
    How do those two sentences even make sense when it comes to drip dyeing??? I am intrigued.

  2. I have seen this on another blog and was interested to know more - thanks for your thoughts on the content - I shall have to have a copy!

  3. I've got it too and have watched it and am excited about how well the process is explained. But I tend to watch the videos and never get around to actually trying out the process, especially when a computer is involved. So..., how about a challenge to each other to actually create something by Feb. 15?

  4. Yikes!! I like the idea but I have 2 deadlines already for that very day. Two exhibits to mount and one to take down (I curated). How about 3/15? Ominous date. Ides and all. But DH is doing taxes

  5. Diane, thank you so much for such a lovely review! I can't wait to see some of your digital creations. If anyone is interested, the blog hop for a chance to win the DVD (and some fabric) continues until Friday on my blog - (That's so funny that you mention Duran Duran, as before I got married I was quite fearful that people would make jokes about that all the time.)

  6. I have it. Have watched it twice. Have lots of deas for new things.Now we'll see if I actually get around to it. I especially like the emulation of discharging dye.