I'm visiting my daughter and new granddaughter who is 1 month old already. We take many walks - even in Hot-lanta, but mornings and evenings are good and fall feels just around the corner. Walking in Cabbage Town where my daughter lives is an "art experience" - a very eclectic neighborhood - no home owner's association, no dues, just an interesting group of people doing their own thing. I've passed many "arty" homes, some I stop and take a second look at. One of the homes had this wonderful old door - I love old doors, almost as much as trees and will use this one in my work
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
On Weds our Fiber Junkies group met at Val's house for a day of Deconstructive Screenprinting. We've done this before and it's always great fun. The technique involves laying thin objects underneath a blank silk screen, then using a squeegee to lay thickened dye on top. The dye on the screen takes on the shapes of all the objects. After the screen is dry, a thickened paste mixture is used to loosen the dye which in turn prints on fabric underneath. I forgot my camera but have my own to share. There were some wonderful ones created by Val, Kate and Mary and some really interesting objects for placing underneath the screens.
I decided to go through my stash and grab scraps of all kinds of fabric good for using with procion mx dyes so here goes. The first one below is Test fabric mercerized 419 cotton, the best fabric for using with mx dyes.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Well, I'm back from Atlanta visiting and helping with my new granddaughter. It was a great week full of wonderful moments AND I'm exhausted. I can understand why it takes a "youngin" to raise a "youngin". My daughter said to bring lots of stuff to work on - lots of "down time". That's a bit of an oxymoron to put "down time" and "newborns" in the same sentence.
I did manage to finish one of my small pieces for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. On this piece, I used a silk screen of a leafy image on each side. I used Lumiere paint which might be a tad too thin for screening. In this case it smeared and made a mess.
I remembered something I learned in a workshop from one of the greats in the quilt world - Roberta Horton. In this workshop, someone had goofed and Roberta said - if you make a mistake that can't be fixed, repeat it 2 MORE TIMES to make it look intentional. I can't tell you how often I've thought of those words and acted on it. You can see the smear of green and gold where it should have been branches - (right side).
Monday, August 6, 2012
It's certainly been a crazy, roller-coaster kind of week with the arrival of my first grandchild and so much going on. My cousin who is a pediatrician says "it's amazing how these little newborns so unknowingly can turn your whole world upside down in an instant. "Wow - How true!
So here I am back in my studio, getting ready to head out to Atlanta to help my daughter and wanted to get some things together to bring and work on, I also needed to finish this workshop sample. I know I was talking about Candlelight thread in a recent post, very favorite thread of mine. Here's another favorite - Burmilana made by Madiera. I think they've now shortened it to "Lana". It's part wool and mostly acrylic, but has the look and feel of wool. I love doing bobbinwork with it but especially love the buttonhole stitch that my Bernina does - it's elegant!
Thanks so much for hanging in there with me; I don't know when I'll be back - kind of open-ended right now, but promise to return soon as I can.
Til next time...