Author: Michele

Bahia Art Ceramic and Textile Studio: The Husband’s Opinion, again

Michele Hamman Bahia Art Ceramics Textile Fabric Studio Dundee handprinted natural cotton ribbon

Well, what can I say about this explosion of effort, innovation and back-breaking hard work that it has been my privilege to witness over the last five years ? We started off on a bang with the bags, but had since redirected our efforts into more particular types of bags, and have given the tote bag a bit of a rest. Dundee has since been cursed with one of the worse droughts in the history of Kwazulu-Natal, and that has restricted Michele no end in her creativity. Well, you do need water to prepare a silk screen for printing, you know.

No matter. We have since manhandled a 210 litre plastic drum into position, make-shifted a tap into it, and voila!!! The high pressure pump is happy, and so is the screen. We have been forced to stop working when the taps ran dry (as they now do every day) but now more. Thanks to Jojo Tanks in Glencoe, she can continue with her colour plays. Michele has since become a wizard in perfecting a multiple print design onto the screen and then on to the clear, unworked fabric on the printing table.

A, yes…the screen printing table. That had been an effort of note, but we built it, and many a printed roll of fabric later, we can testify that on effort is the best solution.

This little gem is just starting to outgrow its kiddie shoes. Stay tuned, peeps….!!

And, as always, thanks kindly for taking the effort to read here.

Be well.


Bahia Art: ‘n Liefde vir materiaal en ‘n nuwe “venture” begin ….

Soos julle almal reeds weet het ons hier by Bahia Art ‘n groot liefde vir tekstiele, die kleur daarvan, die silkscreen daarvan en die gebruik daarvan.  Ons deel ons unieke kreatiewe skeppings al lank met julle.  Na vele navra het ons besluit om tog die sprong te waag en gaan ons nou materiaal per meter druk.  Ons is baie opgewonde oor hierdie nuwe pad wat ons gaan loop en weereens wil ons dit met julle deel.  Dit is tog per slot van sake julle, ons getroue kliënte wat ons inspireer om altyd beter te doen en met meer kreatiewe gebruike van kleur en materiaal vorendag te kom .
Ons gaan nog ons unieke handsakke maak met ons eie gedrukte materiaal maar nou kan julle ook van ons materiaal, wat slegs by Bahia Art beskikbaar wees, koop om julle eie skeppings te maak.  Ons het ‘n paar basiskleure waarop ons ‘n verskeidenheid van ontwerpe en kleure gaan print maar ons gaan ook , vir nou ‘n beperkte paar handgekleure basiskleure hê waarop ons ook ons eie ontwerpe gaan print.
Ons gaan julle op hoogte hou van hieraf, en probeer om elke week ‘n “update” te gee van hoe ver ons is totdat ons, ons eerste stuk material beskikbaar kan stel.

 Bahia Art Michele Hamman handprinted cotton ribbon silkscreened by hand textile designer Michele Hamman Bahia Art handprinted cotton ribbon ceramics screenprinted textiles Dundee Kwazulu-Natal

Hier is ons besig om materiaalaankope te doen.  Dit was ‘n groot heerlikgeit !!  Soos altyd het ons net 100% katoen gekry wat ons net so kan gebruik en ons het ook gekry om te kleur en dan te print.
Volgende week vertel en wys ons wat ons in die week gedoen het en hoe ver ons is om alles in plek te kry.


Bahia Art Handbags – the how and where …..

Firstly, its been a long time since our last post…. but we have been inundated with ribbon orders.  We are now printing personalized labels, name tags etc.  If you want a special message for a birthday, wedding or any special handmade goodies contact us with your ideas and we will see if we can put them on our cotton ribbon for you.  With that said, on to our main purpose for this post ….

I am going to take you through the steps of making a Bahia Art handbag.

We start off by buying plain fabrics, either pre-dyed or in their natural state, which is either cream or white.  We then dye them with fibre-reactive dye by hand.  Now there are various methods of doing this.  We can dye the pieces in a dye vat over heat, which is what we do quite often for achieving flat colours.  For the purpose of this post I am going to use the Shibori technique which is very exciting to do.  Hard and tedious work, but exciting.

Bahia Art Michele Hamman Screenprinting handprinted natural cotton ribbon textile designer

After choosing our method we stitch, bind or fold our fabric.  I have decided to stitch mine and gather it all up and then put it in the dye bath and leave it there for a few hours.  It is then rinsed under running water, the stitches are then removed (and half of the wow moment was experienced) and then washed by machine to get rid of all the excess dye.  It is only then that the real WOW moment comes to light.

Michele Hamman handprinted and dyed fabrics Dundee Bahia Art

When completely dry it is back to the drawing board to decide what else to do with the piece of fabric.  Most of the time I silk screen some designs to enhance the overall look of the “handbag-to-be”  I like to make one of a kind bags and keep it exclusive by making only one of each.  Our methods might be the same but colour combinations and pattern combinations are never the same.

Michele Hamman Bahia Art handprinted cotton ribbons dyed fabrics DundeeMichele Hamman Bahia art handprinted and dyed fabric screenprinted tote bag

Our NEW design Tote bags are going to be less formal and a bit to the casual side but still exclusive to our high standard of manipulating the fabric to its full potential to bring you a high quality, very neatly 100% handmade handbag.

We are busy with a new batch of handbags and will post as soon as we are done.