Friday, November 24, 2006
The nice about about this move is that I will be within walking distance to work. My new apartment has three bedrooms and all hardwood floors. I am not too far from Mount Hope Bay for some nice walks to see the water.
I have finished knitting my sweater, made from my hand-dyed yarn. It looks great and as soon as I move I will be sewing it together. I want to wear it for Christmas. So that should be in a couple of weeks. Check back mid-December to see the finished results.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
A weather vane seen from the observation deck.
I love cats! This one was enjoying an afternoon nap
outside of the Claire Murray rug store.
The lighthouse at Brant Point.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
I still have not got back to the studio to finish my latest batik. I am on vacation again this week, but this time on a trip to Nantucket with my mother and sister. I will post pictures next weekend, although the weather forecast may put a damper on plans for photography.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Here are the first three step by step progression pictures, using one of my deconstructed screen printed textiles.
The beginning fabric, waxing areas that I wanted to retain,
after I soda soaked the cloth.
I dye painted an olive green MX dye in selected areas.
After it dried, I waxed out additional areas.
Then I painted a brown MX dye and waxed more areas.
Tomorrow I plan to wax out the brown areas and add a purple.
Visit later this week to see the finished cloth.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
The Feather series was printed using a screen prepared with sea gull feathers that I gathered along the beach, during one of our walks earlier this week. Where they were impressed in the thickened dye, allowed them to print first, as the remaining dye and its texture broke down with each pass of the squeegee.
Each one is similar, but as more and more dye breaks down, the next print changes in both color and pattern.
I love the halos that occur around each shape as the solid areas of dye act as a resist and the outer edges break down and print.
I plan to collage these on a dyed or painted linen ground cloth and then embellish them with hand stitiching. My plan is to hang them, so that they drape as a textile. Presentation is always the most difficult part of the process, especially when I really don't see these being finished into an art quilt. Although, things can evolve in mysterious ways!
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
As a birthday present to myself, I am going to attend North Country Studio Workshops in Vermont, January 2007. I will be studying with Joan Schulze.
I also registered to take Dorothy Caldwell's workshop, "A Book of Marks" at QSDS in June, 2007. I really love hand stitching and want to delve into this form of markmaking in my new body of textiles.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
All three pieces are printed on commercial black fabrics. I plan to dye my own blacks and pursue this process on my own hand-dyes.
Monday, August 28, 2006
I bought some smooth river rock at A.C. Moore's and randomly placed them under the fabric and tied them with rubber bands, until the whole piece was wrapped.
Then I used WashFast Black 672 and overdyed the whole piece. What happened during the dyeing was that the fabric covering the stones stayed the original size and the remaining fabric shrunk and fulled. After removing the stones and rubber bands, I now have this wonderful dimensional fabric to work on.
My plan is to stuff the shapes lightly with fiberfill, layer it with a piece of black broadcloth and embellish the surface with stitching and beads. As I looked at the piece yesteday in my studio, I felt like I was on hike in the mountains, so I plan to use that thought as I stitch. This will take a while to finish, but I will show its progress over the next couple of weeks.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
My plans for both of these is to make a small diptych in a Log Cabin type of construction.