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Medieval Fabric Dyers by RhysGriffiths Medieval Fabric Dyers by RhysGriffiths
I wanted to design a small, family owned dying factory in medieval times, powered by waterwheels. I dont believe anything like this existed and there is very little reference about the trade, so nearly all of what you see is fictional.
The family makes their own red dye from the abundance of berries on their estate, and uses the waterwheels to elevate water into the building through a series of halfpipes, and drain the water back into the river after it has been used for washing fabric.
In medieval times the fabric dyers would soak fabric in giant vats of dye, and constantly stir it with big wooden sticks; I designed a low tech mechanism powered by the same waterwheel to stir the fabric in the vats in a similar fashion as it would have been done manually.
Historically, fabric dyers had a very dangerous job, as their work consisted not only of washing and dying the fabrics, but of making the dyes and inks themselves out of plants and berries - many of which were lethal if handled, inhaled or ingested. Regardless, they were still paid very little.


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ravmonic Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
Can I use this on a youtube video? Which may later be commercialized?
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Theyellowbell Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for making this Im homesick and this made me instantly feel like home again with my family only the people have fox tails and ears.....I miss my home...its from another world....it was just like this...thanks for taking me back to such a peaceful place....
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saroshnasir Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really cool !!
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BerenyiArts Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist
Excellent artwork!
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Daigonzo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This is a lovely piece, showing an everyday and humble, yet quietly beautiful, part of a medieval fantasy world. I love the little touches of life throughout, the birds arising from the rooftop in the background, the plump sleek fish with resemble Japanese koi in the river. And the invitingly quaint cottages and bridge. Beautiful.
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LazyRayFinkle Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Fantastic work. So much detail to take in. Top marks to you. 
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Kordyne Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015
This is absolutely fantastic! It's clear that you're very dedicated to what you do :)
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
Hehe thank you :)
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SpartanEL1TE Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
The amount of detail is amazing.
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
:)
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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I applaud you for your fine craft! Clap 
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frostykeyhatter Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I love all the life this scene conveys. The lighting is exquisite
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
I'm glad you like it :)
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Clouseau37 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous work here. Top marks.
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
Thanks :D
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Szigeti Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Yeehaw!
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
:)
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andremunizr Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
How can I hire this amazing artist for a job?
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Hi Andre,

You can contact me at rhysgriffithsdesign@gmail.com.

Cheers,
Rhys.
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Insanepayne Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
likelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelikelike. There is not enough spam in the world to indicate how much I like this.
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
i'm glad you likelikelike it!
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CheeseburgerTom Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
The details like the butterflies and fish are amazing.
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Thank you :)
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RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well, water mills did exist and dyes did exist. At the same time, I've never heard of them being used together but at the same time again, I don't know much about the dying industry.

At the same time AGAIN again, the Medieval period is a very long time. It could've existed at one part of it and not the part before.
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Who knows what existed in that crazy time period? :p
Probably a lot of crazy things that were made as once off inventions and were destroyed over time never to be recorded or seen again..
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RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Destroyed? What makes you say that ^o-o>?
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
I imagine plenty of buildings, texts, artifacts etc from Medieval times never made it to the 21st century - don't you think? And those that were recorded were probably the most significant and widespread. There are probably a lot of cool things that existed (foods.. buildings.. texts) that we will never even know about.
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RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That's true. Lots of destruction, especially in the Mid East where cultures would attempt to wipe each others' influence out when they fought (ex 1453, Constantinople; ever wonder why there's no Greek fairy tales?) That and some records never written. 

It's a shame, really, how pre-Industrialization (or maybe pre-Printing Press) was so fragile unless it was so powerful. 
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KarinMind Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
It look so real and full of details like u have lived there.. are you a time traveler?
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Yes, that's my secret - I'm a time traveller. :)
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Grumblelocks Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
So believable, I can get lost in your paintings.
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Thanks so much :) That's about the best compliment I can get!
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TsukiAnimeGirl Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing!!
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Thanks :)
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MusicalNumber Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gah. I was going to favorite you but it turns out it's already in my favorites. Go fig! 
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Haha! Double the compliment :p
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XandImus Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014   General Artist
absolutely nYce! 
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Thank you :)
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SaraCuervo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I AM ABOUT TO CRY oh my goodness. How can it have such a expressive painterly feel to it, yet be so detailed... I am very happy to have found your gallery and your art, I mean it :la:
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Aw thank you!!! It's because it's a mix of painting and phototextures :)
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MichaelJFan77 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
This is marvelous! I'm amazed by the beautiful details and colors, the scenery is amazingly well-done!
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RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Thanks so much!
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MichaelJFan77 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
You're very welcome! ^.^
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Ellofayne Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is brilliant!! I love all of the water and rickity bridges, it looks just like a medieval city would look to me. The flying butterflies are a nice touch as well!!! And I LOVE the idea of the preword, I will watch you to keep an eye out for the journals :icondragonwant:
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Jemuzu-San Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
gasp gasp gasp gasp 
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Sketchshido Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Dude I want to see your new works man! Post em up
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IceDragonArt Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very cool!  I love stuff like this, but hey, I am a big fan of rpg's as well as medieval history etc.  Very nicely done!
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Art-Eli Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i really love the details and the description itself! awesome work, i can see how much patience you had making everything, like the gold fishes or the butterflies..i love also the waterwheels, they give some dynamic and movement to the picture itself, creating also the atmosphere with the splashes and the water..great work :)
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muck1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Wow! This is amazing! There's so much to see here.
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succinctlyverbose Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work is beautiful! I especially love the way you've illuminated the water spray. Amazing! +fav  Aww aint it cute 
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