Nationally known fiber artist - Laura Sims was originally the instructor of this workshop. Due to health reasons, she had to pull out but was able to come and spend an afternoon with us. She was donned with a "tiara" and gave us the "wave". She is one of the most talented artists and fabric marblers I know - watching her is magical; we were thrilled to have a little part of her if only for a short time.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
To continue with our Marbling and Dyeing week, on tuesday, we were ready to dive right in with marbling We used fabrics we brought as well as the ones we dyed. Marbling involves laying paint on a clear thickened solution, using rakes and stylus's to make a pattern and then lowering the fabric so it touches the surface and picks up the paint. The paint connects to the fabric permanently and instantly because of the alum in the fabric - it's also instant gratification. Below, Karen is getting ready to demonstrate on a sparkling new tray of methyl. The first prints are always so exciting with clean methyl as the methyl does tend to get murky quickly.
More to follow.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I had a wonderful week dyeing and marbling at John C Campbell Folk School. We were in Keith Hall in the basement which is a big space with good light and windows. The first day we dyed 57 different colors using complicated formulas. I had the presence of mind to rip off a long swatch of each piece; I labeled each in case I want to duplicate it; I usually get caught up in the moment and don't think that far ahead.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I'm at my friend Karens home in Lake Santeetlah; we're getting ready to go to JC Campbell for the marbling workshop which Karen is teaching. I'm going to assist and that's very exciting for me, Karen is so wonderful at what she does - I'm looking forward to learning the interesting and intricate techniques she'll be covering. I've been a fabric marbler for over 20 years but there's so much to it.
Well, first things first, I'm enjoying my stay at Karens. She comes from a long line of artists and everywhere you look, there's some piece of beautiful artwork from handmade rugs, to pottery to this wonderful mosaic table below. This was made by Karen's mother - Jean Reese. She used broken pottery and dishes.
It is so beautiful and peaceful here, don't think I want to leave. Karen thinks she's getting me to leave tomorrow - HA! I'll be kicking and screaming.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I've been going to JCCampbell Folk School for many years - both as an instructor and as a student and I've never heard of "Mouse Town" until my last visit in October. People were asking "have you been to Mouse Town", or "have you seen it lately"? Quite frankly I was puzzled. Turns out - Mouse Town is a very special part of the JCC campus that started years ago with a piece of pottery. Some student decided to plant a piece of pottery in the shape of a mouse on the outside part of a building. What started as a joke, caught on..... and grew... and grew.....
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Several posts ago, I shared some pictures of a hand carved Santa given to me by my friends Joe and Dina. It was carved on an old wooden spool so already had the hole in the middle. I asked my husband to come up with a way to display it as I wanted to keep it in my studio year round. My husband has his own little holiday traditions also, one is to save the live Christmas tree until the following year, cut it up and burn the tree trunk on Christmas day. We didn't have the chance to do that this year as we were out of town so the trunk was still outside waiting to be put to good use!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
I've been feeling out of touch with my studio lately, no new work to share and realized I have some "semi-new" work I've never posted. Last year I did a series (still ongoing) on trees. This is possibly my favorite time of year for trees - no leaves, just the amazing shapes of branches set against gray skies. I get my best pictures now despite the cold temperatures (17 degrees today), I'm out there snapping away. This particular piece is my Trees III - Blue. I used a silkscreen of one of my grandmother's recipes so her writing would be part of the quilt; the right side is a tree upside down.