I just finished a “tapestry” that mimics a traditional Rya Rug technique using remnant scraps purchased from a rug manufacturer. I just love the variety of lectures, the various colors and the way some strips lay flat while others bunch. And when there is extra fringe I can tuft it up with my fingers!
As a note to my self, I made the warp strings out of a strong linen I had dyed gold. 4 ends per inch. The finished length of the piece is about 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall – which means I created warps 9 feet long so one yard was for waste. It appears that the scraps are a combination of various light cottons and synthetic threads.
Eco printing is my latest adventure, and here are many different ways to approach the process. One used most frequently by crafts persons is the steaming or boiling of a rolled up and tightly tied bundle of joy. This can be carefully positioned in a large turkey baster on a rack, or placed in the baster is boiling water. To make the design one soaks various leaves in ferrous sulfur and from the bin selects those of interest. Then the crafts person decides where they would like to position the leaves to make patterns. Here is a gallery I created to help us recognize the different types of tree leaves I found on my property that supposedly have enough tannin in the leaf to get good results. Click to enlarge each so you can identify.
Here is an image that shows you what can result from leaves found on my property (with the addition of eucalyptus purchased at the grocery). Remember to self: leave beneath rose petals as well as geranium leaves supposedly print nicely. I have not tried that yet!
Here is a series of effects I photographed while visiting with Suzanne Connors in Florida. We tagged each sample swatch so it would be easy for us to decide which technique one likes best. These are her patterns! And the photo at the top is one of her fine designs that is mirrored, my favorite way to work! This example was most successful, but used leaves from Florida, not NC. However the process and experimentation is pretty much in the same bailiwick!
Announcing my first SIGNATURE COLLECTION of Scarves at ShopVida. To create these patterns I took photos of my favorite hand-marbled hydro-printed silk and manipulated the images in the digital format. These images serves as a start to what I submitted to ShopVida, which is what they print my designs from on their various products, including a lovely affordable scarf they refer to as Modal. These scarves are ample in size: 30 inches wide by 86 inches long. And they cost only $40. Here are a few of the scarves you will find that I have designed. And over time I hope to add more items to the Collections, T-shirts and other clothing!
Visit my collection at:
More about VIDA…The VIDA Shop connects artists with craftspeople and manufacturers to source and design products. The company launches with a selection of scarves and tops with designs from global designers. The use of direct-to-fabric digital printing enables VIDA to produce one-of-a-kind items at scale.
Thought I should share some pics that represent the two very different styles of a friend that is an artist. He studied art here at the University and taught art in our area. He now has a shop/gallery where he paints while others step in to see his space that has delightful mid modern furniture and accessories. And yes, I actually bought a fab credenza as well as a lamp fixture you cannot take your eyes off of.
But back to his art. Here is what he has to modestly state about his art:
- “He has been painting for over 35 years and is collected locally and nationally. He also taught art to children and adults for over 35 years in St. Louis and Chapel Hill.
- Paul’s paintings generally have two themes: abstract based on his observation of nature and “The family Series”, loosely based on his own family and friends.”
The first image seen in this posting shows somebody who is real or sort of. Stylized but surely meant to represent a member of his family.
The second image here is one of his abstracts. Just a distillation of objects, space and time. Actually whether is a painting of a family member or an abstract, he does distill the information to represent what we see. I am always fascinated by artists who can be relatively realistic in their depictions of people or places and then also comfortable breaking way out of that box and arrange various unknown symbols and signs — that obviously mean something deep to the artist and hopefully strike the right chord with the viewers.
PS. I redesigned his website per his expert analysis! His work is delightful and he is equally pleasant to work with!
Making the Moves for Marbling
Now I am obsessed with a new fiber art technique known as marbling. It some ways it reminds me of abstract music, with a rhythm. The reason? To create the designs I use a slow swipe and a gentle pull as I lean over a bath of vitreous solution. I mark up the carefully positioned paints into slices, swirls and whirls. Sometimes the figures look like the result of a slow waltz in 3/4 time, or when more active remind me of a two-step danced across the surface. The rhythms and styles can vary based on the imagination of the touch of the stylus or the start and stop of a comb applied to the surface. There are three reasons I love working with this medium…
One: I love watching the stones appear and expand and then enjoy gliding sticks across the surface.
Two: I love messing with different color combos. Some primarily primary, and some more subdues as secondary or tertiary color combos.
Three: I most love finishing a particular design on day one and then applying another complimentary design on a second day. As a result the product is a true cross current of color, shape, line. This approach requires that the sequence of washing fabric in alum, dripping, and ironing to set the design is followed for each new application of color to the silk. I find it well worth the effort.
To see some of my marbled silk pieces (produced in various sizes from scarves to larger display pieces) see this page on this website.
To see the sample of silk swatches I marblelized recently at Penland School of Crafts, watch this movie I made:
Then of course there are other examples of my art work as well as presentations about other artists at my media website.
That is another way for me to express myself!