Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
So today I am back from the dead. The only good thing about what happened is that I lost 2 pounds. I'm so vain.
Today I will start to do a bit more experimenting with soy wax to see how it holds up with full immersion dyeing during the batik process- not supposed to do well but I have to test it because 1) students are going to try it and 2) Carol is wanting the info for an upcoming QU newsletter.
I also have to clean the toilets and paint a frame. Shall I post pictures of that? What else? Oh yes- I have to pull all the laundry out of my closet and wash the sheets.
If I get this artist in residency grant for next year they pay me but the biggest part of my agreement is that I let them film the month long art making process. What on earth will they have to shoot if I can't clean toilets or make shopping lists? Guess that's the point of having an air tight proposal.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I spent a bit of time reviewing an art magazine I bought a long time ago but hadn't read and saw a lot of work by fiber artists I know and there is a temptation when looking at those glossy, perfect, amazing spreads that can make one feel sick! I realized that it all looks SO perfect that you get the feeling that everyone is racing ahead of you and leaving you in the dust when in fact- no one has really arrived anywhere ahead behind or along side anyone else. We are all on a journey. The face we want to present to the public is that we have hit the top of the heap right now and there's nothing left to pursue. What we do not see is the mess in the studio; the food spoiling in the 'frig; the art work that never made it past the first step of the process.
Okay. So be it. This week I will blog the boring side of fiber art. Should make everyone feel better about themselves. Ready? Get out a pillow as you may need to snore a little..... You've seen the fun stuff. Now you'll see the real stuff. Yawn.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Awhile back I made these banners for the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church in West Texas. I document their construction earlier on this blog.
Here is how they look up and finished- ta-dahhh..... Mission accomplished.
Here are the "Fisher of Man" panels located on the left hand side of the sanctuary.
Here are some better photos of our new lovely banners! Two are a bit darker than others - I wanted you to see how well they compliment the stained glass windows that some of us created years ago. This morning, Ben and I sat in a new spot - where we can easily see both windows at once. What a treat! Toward the end of the service, I watched members as they went to the altar rail for communion. While kneeling at the front, many just stared at the banners with such a peace-filled expression on their faces, rather than bow their heads in prayer. We could not be happier with your work! Thank you.
Blessings and Peace,
Thanks for looking!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
This is an example of the batik process using direct dyeing. It is simple and one of a series I did using a minimal amount of wax. The size is 31.5" x 36"
Tribute To Joel
Some people bronze baby shoes. I bronzed our son's jeans and t-shirt. Well, not exactly bronzed it. First I dipped the entire thing in house paint and allow that to dry. No small feat. Then I used 4 cans of copper metallic spray paint and finished it off with a bamboo rod to give it an oriental kimonoesque flavor. Like a shogun. Like a samurai. Like a ninja. "Call me Dragon." "Call me Night Hawk".
What I love most about this piece is that even though it has been awhile since my son wore these clothes, his shape remains. The neckline is the best but you can't see it very well from the photograph. It's all stretched out and saggy. Perfect. Size: 51" x 66" x 3"
Tribute to Marcail
This piece was a lot of fun to make. I knew that I wanted to work more with ready made garments and this beautiful Chinese silk blouse came to mind. I called our daughter to make sure I could swipe it from her closet and then diluted Paverpol fabric stiffener and dunked it into the mess. I then draped it over my mannequin Curt who had temporary boobies taped to his chest. You can see the pictures on the blog somewhere below. Anyway- Curt was patient while it dried. Then I made the base and here she is. Size: 30" x 24" x 6". Lovely lotus blossom.
That's all for now. I will send in the paper work this week and hear back sometime in August. I'll tell you what my proposal is later. The residency is for 1 month and will be either in the San Francisco Bay area or Los Angeles. What I need is a rather large population of women from India and/or Pakistan to make my project work.
It's going to be a wonderful experience but I am competing with hundreds of other artists for the chance to work on our own proposals so we'll see. We'll see.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Finished and ready for the dyes. My goal was to make the silk a more attractive color and to add detailing with the dye and fabric paint. I didn't want the yardage to be too busy but certainly more interesting than flat beige!
I applied the darker brown with a 2" wide brush. I lightly applied the dye along the raised folds knowing that habotai silk absorbs the dye quickly and will most likely not show much mottling. That's okay! I wanted the most detailing to come later as you will see...this is primarily to redye the fabric and when dry, get the brown to pool in the creases and be a darker brown enhanced with fabric paints.
Here is a terrible picture (sorry) of the silk with the dye applied to one side and then flipped over for the other side to receive the dye.
Once both sides were dyed, I then applied a layer of diluted metallic fabric paint along the raised folds on both sides. The whole thing was allowed to dry completely before opening, ironing and rinsing.
I am very happy with the results. I got just what I was hoping for- a much richer brown with very dark halos of brown around the gold paint. Not too much and not too little.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
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