Sunday, October 22, 2006

Vacation on Nantucket

Here are some of my favorite moments from my recent vacation on Nantucket with my mother and sister. Now it's time to return to the studio this week and get some work finished!

Looking through one of the windows on the observation deck
of the Whaling Musuem.

A weather vane seen from the observation deck.

Part of a beautiful Fall garden in front of the White Elephant.

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

New Reversible Star Bracelet

Here are details of my newest reversible star bracelet. This one is a little more subtle than the first one I made using Swarovski crystals. I used matte beads for the right angle weave base, to contrast with the star embellishments.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Local SDA meeting

We had a pot luck yesterday for Massachusetts SDA members at PRO Chem. What a fabulous time it was getting to know other state members and network. What eye candy we had for our show and tell! Everyone left very inspired by the work shown. We are planning a juried member show for 2007 and will meet again in the Boston area, the last Saturday of February.

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


I had the wonderful opportunity this week to study with Els van Baarle, an internationally known batik artist from the Netherlands. She taught a 5 day workshop at PRO Chemical & Dye. I have long admired her work and feel so fortunate to have gained new technical skills to create some layered textiles, in my new body of work.

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.