Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Purple and Gold Study

I've been working on a piece which has been on my wall for months. Everyday, I walk in my studio, look at it, study it a while and then move onto something else. I'm using all deconstructive screen printed fabric which is very busy and hard to use.  I have a few hand dyes to quiet it down but for the most part, there's a lot going on in just the fabric.
 I like using purple and gold together; they are nice by themselves and make the prettiest brown when they touch and blend.  The above piece looked hopeless until I turned it over.
 This side was so much better and almost looked a bit like trees. I don't remember what I did to get this so it's definitely one of a kind.
 This piece of fabric used a sink mat with a stones pattern on it, along with mop strings and some confetti strands.
 This next piece used the same things, different amounts of dye color - mostly gold.
 I never know what I'm going to do with my prints and usually wind up making too little of one color way. Next time I do this, I will stick with the same colors throughout so I have lots of choices to work with.
 This next piece is one of my favorites - done on silk charmeuse; this will be a border.
 And here is the wonderful magical mat that made all those great rock shapes.
 purchased at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
 I've also done some screen printing using a leaf shape.
 and some smaller leaf shapes.
And of course a tree - a very small part but works well with the rest of the fabric.
I'm still putting combinations together and we'll see what happens.


  1. Your deconstructed screen prints are wonderful. The purple and gold palette is very appealing. I can't wait to see what you make with them.

  2. Love it! Especially the leaves. I also have one of those bubble mats and the only time it sees the sink is to wash the dye off.

    1. Hi Linda...I think artists have a knack for finding such great, non traditional things to use in their work...

  3. Love the sink mat. I'm always looking tor odd things to print with. One of my favorites is old tire pieces found by the road.

  4. Judy,as usual, I find your work so creative. I immediately saw a tree when I looked at the backside of the fabric. I'm looking forward to seeing it progress.

  5. Beautiful- I particularly like your leaf pattern. I'd love to have you stop by Design Wall Weekend blog party and share your link at http://fiberartistjourney.blogspot.com/

  6. Your use of the sink mat is so interesting. I have that mat and never thought of using it. Great inspiration.

  7. Yes, your work is so creative. I can only hope to be like that! Sigh!

  8. I love this project, thanks for sharing.

  9. ohhh that mat is cool- might have to try that with some surface design myself! thanks for linking up!