Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Yes, I am cleaning the dye studio!

Amazingly enough, I am cleaning the dye studio. I am sorting yard sale stuff into one huge pile, stuff to be put away into another. I have all the silk bolts back on the shelves. Half of the area is in order. The other half looks like an overturned big rig just took a steep turn a bit too fast. Can't even get into the dye mixing room.

Upcoming events: California Fiber Artists show at the Chico Art Center this Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Pictures to follow.

More loads of bricks moved from Bartlett Avenue to my house.

More digging of the extension to the back yard patio.

Silk dyed for a wedding dress.

More silk dyeing for another anonymous customer on the east coast.

Writing and testing the projects for the new QU class "Dyeing Wool". Original name, eh?

I killed 42 flies this morning in the back yard. Can you believe it?

Okay then. No pictures this week but will show you stuff next week. Until then- who is dyeing and what projects do you have in the mix?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Studio cleaning is a non event

I am not cleaning the dye studio. I can't face going in there right now. It is so horrible that I can't face even opening the door. There are piles of stuff waiting for a yard sale. There are piles of stuff waiting to be put away. There are winter clothes that need to be boxed up or if I wait long enough, I can wear them again without putting them all the way away.

What I am going to do is the old "dangle pretty fabric in front of their faces" trick which works well to make people forget what they were going to do or say. I can't actually believe that you were looking forward to seeing the dye studio like that anyway. What's the matter with you people? Don't you have enough messes to look at without coming here to see my crazy ways???

Okay- so the fabric above was a project I did about 2 years ago. 4 yards of habotai silk that had been dyed a medium brown. I gathered it by hand and stitched it nui shibori style.


Next step was to apply the medium brown dye with a paint brush as you can see. With habotai silk, you really do not need to apply very much dye as it takes it so easily and spreads like mad.

Done dyeing. Once this was dry, I then painted on a diluted application of gold metallic Jacquard Textile Paint.

One very cool thing about Jacquard Textile Paints is that when they interact with dye that has not been rinsed out, they can produce a lovely halo of color due to wicking and pushing and pulling of all the elements of the paint with dye.


Finished. This is going to be a part of a fiber art project that will be suspended from a bamboo rod. There will be gold braid and gold beads threaded in and out of the piece with a focal point that I do not want to give away quite yet because it is still being formulated in my mind as to how to construct the ding dang thing.
I find that while an art piece is in this phase it is best to keep my mind centered on the intention of the piece before I talk about it too much because I loose myself other wise. It's an odd thing. I've never talked to any other artists about this before- it has to do with my own personal difficulties with allowing people to help me.
Often as a child if I needed help, whatever it was I was working on was taken away and finished by some well meaning adult. That was NOT what I needed or was asking for, if you know what I mean. As a result, I found that asking for help was not a good thing so I learned to finish things myself even if it meant doing a terrible job of it. Many times, however, it came out great and the satisfaction of doing it all myself was fantastic. Anyway- the main point being that even talking about a problem I am having with a fiber art piece can be risky because then it becomes someone else's statement or someone else's intention, if that makes sense. Sometimes that is a wonderful addition and sometimes it cancels out the experience for me. I am trying to get better about this and have had some break throughs with my awesome critique group.
Can anyone relate to this?
Anyway. I can't seem to get myself down to clean so I can work/play. Maybe next week.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

SAQA fund raiser-Victory Garden- 12 Voices

I used fabric paints to embellish this panel for a fundraiser for SAQA (of which I am not a member). Louise Schiele spearheaded the project, sending us the fabric and basic instructions.

Above you see my panel which is called- "Onion". I used Jacquard Textile Paints and added a bit of machine stitching for interest.


Here is the completed work of art. Title: Victory Garden

The artists included in this collaborative effort are from top to bottom, left to right- Marjan Kluepfel, Camille Ahern, Yvonne Porcella, Deb Hosler, Louise Schiele, Carol Larson,Peig Fairbrook, Terry Waldron, Dee Danley Brown, Marjie McWilliams, Sara Kelly, Karen Flamme.
This piece is for sale to benefit SAQA as a part of their show called "Twelve Voices" which will open in August at the Pence Gallery in Davis, CA.
Nice work, Louise!
The two panels pictured lower down on this blog were both accepted into the next California Fiber Artist's show at the Chico Art Center. The opening is July 31st, 7-9 p.m. Pictures of the show will appear later.
Okay- off to clean the dye studio. Yes- pictures will appear on Monday. You asked for it....

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Anything you want to see/discuss?

Sorry that I haven't posted this week. Anything you want to see/know about? I need some suggestions as I think everything I do is so mundane; how could anyone want to see that? Talk to me!

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