Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
This piece I call "Hiroshima". There are about 5 yards of it. It's 43" wide. It is silk chiffon that was hand dyed, then discharged which I knew would considerably weakened the fibers in places. Those holes have been enhanced and reinforced with machine stitching. It was then attached to an underlayer of cotton. The whole thing has been redyed many times and several layers of fabric paint and house paint have been applied to help support the weight of the piece and build up it's ability to support itself when hung from a rod. The depth of color is beautiful and ugly at the same time. It reminds me of our time in Hiroshima at the Peace Memorial. Such a beautiful place and such an ugly place. Such peace and such violence. It's so rewarding when you work and work and work on something and almost OVERwork it and then you step back and have to stop before it IS too late. It's a "there it is" kind of moment and you know it's a winner. Satisfying.
This is fairly traditional, eh? I designed this piece because I love fish and wanted to start a series using them as my subject matter. I have one and a half done. I stalled out but may pick it back up some day. The piece sat for a long time until I went to visit Myrna and play in her studio. I took it with me to experiment with machine stitching. Down in the center of the piece where the rocks are is where she started me thread painting with her machine. After about a minute I burst into tears. This was so totally cool and fun and dimensional! How could I not do this to any fabric painting I ever make from here on out???? It certainly rocked my world. Thank you, my friend. She gave me another tool for my fabric making tool belt. This last piece is silk velvet that I shibori dyed today. It is about 36" x 45". I wanted to check a project I have the beginning shibori students attempt in my Quilt University class and have always liked the final results of this exercise. I modified the recipe a touch but have decided to keep it the same for the class. I call this piece "Navajo".
Thanks for looking.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
This is a shibori dyed piece of cotton using clamps that were moved ever so slightly and then redyed a different color each time. I call it "Lunar Eclipse".
Next is a long cotton panel that I "stuffed and dumped". It's almost 5 yards long and was the test run for an even longer habotai silk piece that follows.
Last one. This was a thrill to make. I did four panels like this; each being quite a bit longer than the cotton but each had it's own dye bath. They were used as backdrops for our church's Easter Sunday celebration. Glorious fun.
Happy dyeing everyone!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
This piece is crepe backed silk satin that was shibori dyed. If you have ever tried shibori dyeing silk you will know this isn't an easy job. I dyed it a coppery brown and the subtle colors in the folds can't be seen very well in this shot. Sorry. There's purple and green in there in very small sections. This piece resists digital technology.
This is a long run of silk chiffon that was dyed in what I call on my web site, "Special-Stained Glass" but it got away from me during the curing time and came out WAY too red. It is about 6 yards of silk that just got too much color applied in the wrong way so it was a loser UNTIL I decided to splatter metallic fabric paint over the entire run. It shimmers now and makes me happy. Once again I saved a dud with a little time and imagination. No fabric is hopeless. There's always a way to fix it. Inspiration may not be there right away but give it some time.
This is a 3 yard run of cotton that I dyed a very pastel green/turquoise and brown. I wanted it to look like the rust and a copper patina seen on metals left outside for awhile. I then made my own stamps out of soldering wire and thickened some dyes to make a print over lay with the images you see above. The whole cloth reminds me of the deserts of Australia or Arizona/New Mexico.
This last piece for today is habotai silk, hand dyed blue and purple. Then a wash of metallic fabric paint was applied and left to dry. I have to be careful or all my fabs are going to have silver or gold splashed over them. This is habit forming.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Tomorrow I will show you some art fabric that I have made.
Thanks for looking.
Friday, January 18, 2008
So MYRNA gets on the phone and she says, "Marjie! You need to post new stuff on your blog!!!!!" And I says to her, says I: "I can't believe that people go there every day looking for something new. Why would people go there every day and look to see if I've posted something???? Don't they have a life????" So MYRNA says to me,"OF COURSE THEY LOOK, DUMMY. POST SOMETHING NEW!" (She didn't say 'dummy'. I'm exaggerting.)
OKay....let me think of something to show you....Oh, I know. This is a picture of what rock salt does on silk-sometimes.
I am making a lot of new art, as most of you know, and some of it is almost finished. Remember that piece "She Spilled Her Guts"? It's done. Tomorrow- a picture along with a jacket I spray painted a metallic gold and then used fabric paint on top of the gold. Very coolio. Tomorrow. Pictures. I promise.
Friday, January 4, 2008
This is the side view of another postcard sized piece that took the idea a few steps further. I used cardboard, nails, push pins, T-pins, and silk claw pins glued to silk that was stuffed and then glued in place. Violent. Scary. Cold. Not something you want to step on in the dark. Felt GOOD making these pieces.
Next question- what aspect of your art work would YOU feel most uneasy about eliminating???? Color? Line? Balance/symmetry? Composition rules? Traditional methods of making art? Your sewing machine? Afraid of not using patterns? Do you make things about the same size every time? Materials-do you use the same stuff over and over again?
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