Friday, September 8, 2017

Gnarled Tree

I finished this piece a short time ago and now it's a perfect opportunity to share it...no studio time right now...it is filled with stuff due to our painting project.
 I started with one of my photographs - some roots and vines. I then printed it on fabric which then hung on my design wall for ages. It was to be a small piece with this as the focal point. I thought it needed an overlay of a silk screen to make it more dimensional.
 I framed it out with fabric to get a feel for the piece.
 I thought this was a good color to pull out the subtle peachy rust color in the vines.


Whenever I make a silk screen, I also screen it on top on clear plastic which becomes a design tool. On the left is an example of a tree on the clear plastic. I can then lay it over areas to see how it will work. 
 This grouping of trees I photographed along the Blue Ridge parkway and made into a screen.
 Just too heavy for the vines...
 Next I tried this one and it was way too busy - covered up most of the digital print.

And this one...I like but still too much ...

This is my favorite silk screen...the tree is not solid so a good deal of the design allows the background to show through. I screened more rocks on the bottom and right side and quilted it following the lines. Thistles were screened along the left...so the finished piece - "Gnarled Tree". I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

Friday, September 1, 2017

But on another note.......

Well, we've taken on a huge project...after 11 years in our home, we felt it needed some fresh new walls. So the plan is the laundry room, pantry and kitchen before Christmas....family room, front hall afterwards. Deciding on a paint color has always been agonizing for me...what looks good on a chip doesn't relate on a wall...so 10 samples later, along with mixing my own, I think I came up with something I like... In the meantime, it's emptying out those parts of the house and what better place to dump stuff than my studio...Yikes!!...
 So I'm sky-high in stuff....not much creating going on in the near future...as you can see, every empty space is filled....Now where did my sewing machine go?

 We brought in extra tables to pile stuff on and the overload...
 went into the dining room.
 What a mess...but on another note...
 my good pal Mary and I (we share a booth at Woolworth Walk) decided to do a little spring cleaning and add some autumn related fiber art to the walls.
 We're hoping all the leaf peepers that Asheville is well known for will pay a visit to our booth.
 Lots of new inventory in the way of wall hangings, scarves and cards...
and Mary's wonderful felted items as well. Stop on by if you're in the area. Woolworth is in the center of downtown Asheville, NC and just a fun place to visit. I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Eco Printing Workshop

Recently, I had the great fun of taking an eco printing workshop from Vickie Bennett. I've known Vickie for a while and have always been a big fan of her work...so finally it worked out where I could sign up for her 1 day workshop.... packed full of information and fun!
 One of the techniques we used was layering leaves and plant material on top of silk noil or a scarf blank.
 Everyone brought lots of things to share...a great variety of plants and all were anxious to see how each one would print.
 We had pvc pipe or copper tubing for wrapping our fabric/leaves. I chose the copper to see if the metal would have any effect on the fabric...it didn't seem to.
 This scarf turned out lovely and picked up a lot of the color from the plant material.
 This is my scarf...I like the results but would have liked more color. The lack of color is a result of  spritzing iron water to the piece before steaming. The "ferny" type leaves are Sumac...the good kind that doesn't make you itch.
 I think the Sumac had a powerful presence...
 and another pretty scarf with good color.
 And our instructor's beautiful scarf in which she also used a "color carrier" to get more color on her fabric.
 and a detail....
Another fun technique we learned was the use of color carriers to create more color on the piece. 
 For this exercise we used silk noil which takes any kind of color beautifully
 with great results.
 and my piece...a little more subtle than some of the others. I can't say I'm in love with it...maybe in like with it but more important I'm happy to know how to do this...will be doing lots of practicing in the future.
 and another very successful piece..
 Our class with Vickie in the middle.
What a fun day and we learned so much in such a short time. Out of respect for Vickie and all the hard work she did in creating this workshop, I shared mostly results...which hopefully will wet your appetite into taking a workshop from her...You will be happy you did.....til next time.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fiber Junkies - Parallel Play

The months are flying by and it seems like yesterday we were meeting for July....here it is August with fall just around the corner...a happy camper I am! FJ met once again at our wonderful Val's home with lots of fun possibilities for a day of playing....but first our quick show and tell.
Denny showed us another one of her very big and beautiful quilts she is working on...lots of intricate piecing and perfect points...impressive I'ld say!
Mary showed some of her noil she eco printed in a recent workshop with Vickie Bennett. I was in the same workshop and it was great fun.
Also another small wallhanging from Mary using some of the wool prints she made last time at Fiber Junkies....thought it was a very nice way to display them.
This is another wonderful piece from Mary - very Americana. Pictures were digitally printed on fabric and incorporated into a piece using eco dyed fabric.
And Gen with her tags which she loves to make as they are like mini collages....each one prettier than the one before.
Gen received something in the mail with this printed filler paper....well, waste not, want not...and think she made great use of it.
Val has been doing some lovely silk screening on sheer fabric...think this was silk organza...what a beautiful stole it would make.
Onto our wonderful messes....one station was set up for eco printing. The "sandwiches" were prepared with wood on each end, hand made paper in between along with plant material between each layer of paper.
Val had some different kinds of wood which was fun to use and see if they would affect the color of the paper underneath. Now they are clamped and ready to go...
into the pot of boiling water with white vinegar for about an hour.
Val was working on this beautiful piece of fabric she painted with dyes and silk screened over and still added more (will find out at end of post).
Denny, being the wonderful record keeper that she is, was experimenting with different wax resists...and more important labeling them as a reference.
I brought along some tongue depressors to use as a resist in Shibori. There was a top and bottom stick and held together on each end with rubber bands. It was then dipped into Indigo dye for a few minutes. Kate really didn't like this fabric and felt she had nothing to lose by a quick dip...
and looky...looky...quite wonderful I think. The fun thing with Shibori is you never know what you're going to get.
I had some wonderful 100% cotton sateen I folded with tongue depressors also. Kate did more of a scrunch and I did ironing and folding but you can see the pattern it creates. I honestly have to say that I like Kates better but all in all just great fun experimenting. and comparing results.
I had an ugly piece of fabric I wanted to try and fix. I did some folding, clamping and then dipped it into the Indigo pot.
I like it much better now and love the more turquoise-y blue that appears in some areas.
This was another piece folded and dyed...think it's Mary's...the bushes outside make perfect drying areas as air can get on top and underneath.
And here's Val's amazing piece that was perfect as it was but then dipped into Indigo and now even better.
And an ugly of mine that was folded and dipped in Indigo.
The official fabric taster...sometimes Kate will forget if she soda ashed a piece of fabric...I will taste the tiniest bit of corner and tell her if she has or not...
And our eco prints...some really amazing ones.
I loved the results from using this rusty round thing. I'm going over to the selvage yard in Asheville where I know I can get more...they do create a wonderful effect.
Here's the result when the paper is larger and folded in half for the sandwich. Not only does it hold the leaves in place better, but you get a mirror image.
And of course...what would our meetings be without the bubbly! I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.