Friday, December 26, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I wasn't happy with the fabric lily pads when I first attached them but as I scrunched them and anchored them with stitches they improved. I used raw silk and muslin, Next time I may stick with only one kind of fabric.
I know some of you are interested in the comment above about challenging myself around what I see as a "perceived weakness". This is something I explore quite a lot in my own art making. I showed you the three pieces for the December show below- the challenge to myself to was stop (and know when to stop) before the piece was over worked. I am not finished with this exercise! I need a LOT more work on control and leaving things alone at that sweet spot where it says "I'm done!" It's so tempting to just do a little more and then that tips the scales away from the simplicity and beauty of the thing as it was. I hate, hate, hate it when I do that and must train myself to stop before it's too late. Can you relate?
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I just sent off 14 silk runs to Hawaii for review. Lots of fun. Lots of bloopers. Lots learned. It was fun trying to make up recipes to match her colors. I am very anal about how I dye my silks, as most of you know, and Jes is much more of a free spirit about it all so it was challenging and exciting to find my way. I am looking forward to doing more in 09! Let the good times roll!
Monday, December 8, 2008
I am pleased to announce that I will be working with A'kai Silks to create some of the work you see pictured here. If you would like to look at the web site, here is a link: http://www.akaisilks.com/
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This week I will be finishing the coi fish-will post pictures soon!
Let me know if you want to be put on the January Dye Studio e-newsletter. Thank you for your lovely response so far!
Monday, December 1, 2008
I just took the three fiber art pieces you see in my last posting below to the county administration building for the December show. Pictures of them on the walls will be posted next week.
The next Quilt University class is coming up soon. Here is my schedule for the first half of 09. A QU class makes a great gift idea for you or someone you love!
January 9- Basic Cotton Dyeing
February 13- Silk Dyeing
February 27-Quilter's Palette
March 13- Fabric Painting
March 27- Tea Stain Dyeing (expanded to 3 lessons that include spices and organic matter as stain agents)
April 10- Shibori Dyeing
May 8- Gutta Resist on Silk
May 29-Quilter's Palette
June 12- Three unusual Ways to Dye
June 26- Batik
You can sign up 5 weeks before the class opens at the QU web site: http://www.quiltuniversity.com/
And now about those fish...I finally decided that I had to make a move with this piece. Just commit to something, anything and get it done. One layer of netting wasn't enough. Painting the netting was like trying to nail Jello to the wall. Silk gauze was too thick. The solution was to double it up in ripples and then machine stitch it down to the painting itself. It works. Next step is to attach the lily pads.
Had an interesting response from "Jerry The Glass Man" (you can see pics of him on our excursion earlier this year when we went out into to the countryside to get bamboo). He was looking at my blogging dilemma about these fish and has a glass alternative that I will explore later which may be exactly what I want for this concept. I do plan on doing this theme again in the future. Thanks, Jerry! When are you coming over for peanut butter and jelly?
Happy dyeing everyone!
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