It has been awhile since I posted anything that I was doing so thank you for still coming here to look even if I am off doing other mundane things.....such as...
Had to "put our cat down" this morning. That is such a dumb phrase. When an animal is alive it is, I suppose, "up" and when dead it is "down". She was 18 years old and doing odd things that made us change our life styles significantly. She stayed in our daughter's room most of the time and it was so stinky in there that when she (daughter) comes home from college she (daughter) sleeps on the couch in the living room. Cat sometimes missed the litter box which is in my office. One day she pinned herself (on purpose) between the wall and the litter box and started to pee suspended in mid air! Did you know that once a cat starts, they don't (can't) stop? I grabbed her by the back of the neck and ran with her to the back door and threw her out, all the while she was sprinkling the air. This cat yowled a lot in the middle of the night. She insisted on being in the bathroom with me whenever I was in there and she drank out of the tub (and toilet) so sometimes there was kitty litter deposits on my desk, on the bath tub, IN the bathtub, anywhere she would roam, kitty litter followed her. She was a pest but now I miss her.
I am getting ready for a textiles show (juried) that is coming up soon. I need to have 10 pieces ready to photograph by the first of February. I've started on several of the pieces which will all be some sort of soft sculpture. Here is a picture of the first piece in progress which will be called, "She Spilled Her Guts". I know. There is a dark side to me that comes out in my art. If you took Myrna's Self Expressions class when I was there too, you might remember my silver pieces that consisted of nails, tacks, and sharp objects, and things you don't want to step on in the night. What you see below is about 24 yards of hand dyed silk that has been braided and sewn together into one large...well...intestine.Here is the backing it will be attached to once the gold paint is dry and the backing for the backing is sewn on to it. As usual, I don't have enough paint to apply it to the entire backing so the center which will be covered with the braided silk can remain open. The backing is raw silk. It may seem "way out there weird" at the moment but I do have a vision of this piece once complete and it will be a knock out! It should be about 40" x 40" when complete. There will be some silk that hangs down on the lower right side in shreds so when it is finished, I will post the completed piece. Fun. The colors of the braided pieces range from a medium blue to teal to olive green. Silks used: habotai, dupion, chiffon, and crepe backed silk satin.
I'll post more tomorrow. See you then! Keep dyeing!