Tuesday, July 27, 2021

New Silk Screens

I've been making more silk screens this week...always fun! I needed some spooky looking trees for a piece I'm working on. I have a system...I make the screen on a Thermofax, tape off the edges with 2" wide duct tape which is cut in half, print the screen on a file folder and last (and a great design tool for me) is to screen the image onto clear plastic......the kind you get at Joann fabrics people used to cover tables. It's thick enough to have substance but also flexible. 
Both the screen and the plastic with image go in the folder. I also note on the screen "top" which tells me which side is the side to face out. Yes, there are two sides to the film used to make the screen...one is more fragile and should face the fabric. The other side has a slightly rougher texture and more durable to screen on top of.
I love the clear plastic with the image on top. You can do this with anything you want to print on top....a stencil, a stamp or just marks with a brush. The clear image allows you to see what's going on underneath and helps with the placement of the image before you actually apply the paint which in many cases is permanent very quickly. I love this design tool and probably use it more than anything else.
I had some tiger lilies and wanted to make an image of them....2 sizes and one with the lily in a bunch of lilies.
I like the one with the background of lilies better...more interesting and still having the one lily dominant.
And the other spooky tree... a little smaller and coming in from the left side...the other larger one came in from the right. You'll see what I mean when I post the quilt these are being used in.
Okay...so call me sentimental but this is a drawing my daughter did when she was 3 years old...I've always loved it and decided it needed to be a screen...I will use it as a background filler with a very subtle colored paint...I love it!
Til next time....

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A New Look

I have been busy working on a piece for an exhibit I'm in, in August....that along with family company has kept me away from my blog...I do apologize for not being more attentive. I did make it down to my space which I share with my pal - Mary Stori in Woolworth Walk Art Gallery.
My side (left) did need a little updating starting with a new system for my silk and rayon hand dyed scarves. My husband had built me a rack a while back which seems to work nicely in this space. I do lose some wall space but make up for it with additional scarf space which are good sellers...so a trade off.
Downtown Asheville has been very busy and many tourists and shoppers so here's hoping for some nice sales.
I carry some lovely scarves in both rayon and in silk...all are hand dyed or ice dyed, both methods using Procion MX dyes. They make great gifts and easy to tuck into a suitcase to carry home.

I also have some small wall art pieces and lots of different hand made cards featuring Eco printing, machine embroidery and antique quilts.

Please stop by and say hello if you're in the area....Woolworth Walk Gallery has many beautiful artist spaces, something for everyone. It's located on Haywood St. in downtown Asheville, NC. Our space is  located on the bottom level in booth number 235

Looking forward to seeing you soon.