Monday, September 29, 2008
My scarf is on the last page at the bottom- gold silk with iris and I describe making it on this blog but back a ways.
I have some pics for you to see but am running fast today. More tomorrow, I promise.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Here is a detail.
I moved on to the lilies. I cut out some silk shapes to add to the cotton and now I know for SURE that not only is the silk a pain in the rear to sew this small (and then top stitch), but these colors are TERRIBLE. I didn't know they would be SO bad until I tried a few. Wow. Violent reaction! I am going to need to hand dye some more olive and dark olive green cotton as I am convinced that this needs to be an all cotton piece. Back to the tubs I go. More next week. Thanks for looking. Leave a comment if you want.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Here is a detail of the machine stitching which adds so much to the interest of the piece. I intentionally did NOT put in a lot of painting details as I knew I was going to do what comes next and it would be lost so why bother...
Next step was to pin on a layer of silk gauze that has not been dyed. What I have been toying with is how to create a piece that looks as if we are viewing the fish through water. I'm not sure this is where I need to go with this but I need to experiment. Maybe glass would be cool. Then I would paint leaves and grass on top of the glass for dimension but can I get Jerry The Glass Man to cut holes out of the center of a piece of glass? Does that work? Can that even be done?
Here is what it looked like with holes cut into the silk. Kind of cool but I am sad that SO much detail is lost with the gauze. Is there an even thinner fabric that would be better? I'm thinking, thinking, thinking.
So how will it look if i start to build up a layer outside of the gauze so that there is more detailing on top of the silk. Hey. Not bad. Need
to add some more leaves. I may paint detailing on the leaves or may just do stitching instead.
After studying it a bit I am wondering how it would look without the silk...
Not bad but the value of the leaves and the background are too much the same and it just looks flat. Back to the silk...
Yes, this is more interesting. There are good things about it and not so good things about it. First of all, I am losing the detailing but I am gaining interest. It cuts the light but that's what water does. Can I get the same effect using something thinner or more transparent? Do I want the hardness that glass would bring to this piece?
At this point I have to stop and take a break. I came up to the office to post this blog and eat lunch. This is when my art starts to "cook". The ideas percolate around in my head and as I go about other things the ideas start to mature and when I come back later to see how it looks, most of the time I will have the next piece of the puzzle. It may take a few days or a few hours. I'll let you know what happens next.
Hope you find this interesting. I find it most fascinating to watch the development of a process. You don't get to see it very often in artist's studios. You MIGHT see the preliminary drawings and the finished piece but rarely do you see the development so I wanted to share that with you.
Friday, September 5, 2008
This week I had a lot of orders to get to the post office. Here I am getting everything ready to ship for the day.
Here is what went on on Monday. Some stuff to Australia, some clear across the US. Some stuff stayed in California.
I spent a lot of time this week washing plastic. Even though the samples are small, there were a lot of them- plus....
This week I finished up 40 yards of discharged fabric for another customer. Here it is ready to be shipped. I had a lot of help from my daughter as the heavy lifting is something I still am not able to do.
So it was a productive week. I did a lot of resting and stopped often between events to allow the healing process to continue. What I didn't show you is my life that does not revolve around fabric. Interclub tennis is starting without me this year. I did go and watch my women's team practice Tuesday night which was fun. I took some walks. Did some gardening. Cooked a few meals. I am NOT the model patient but am learning that when I do too much, I am taking backwards steps the next day.
Hope you enjoyed seeing a bit more of what I do. I posted some questions that I have been pondering in my restful moments in the newsletter and have heard from a few of you but not many. Take a look at it and let me know what you think.
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