Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
My 150 gallon stainless steel vat, yes it is possible to keep a vat going for years even decades. Learn more about dyeing with indigo in my Introduction to Indigo Dyeing Class at The Natural Surface!
My 30 gallon stainless steel indigo vat. Both vats came from a defunct dairy farm.
Friday, February 22, 2013
My Valentines Day gift this year from hubs is for him to make me a couple of trays, like the one in the image above, for displaying my nature items. Until then... enjoy.
A box of rocks.
My studio bestie.
And matching is way over rated!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Needle felted wool and silk fibers and silk organza fabric dyed with indigo and natural dyes. Agate type rock for inspiration.
The rock is mostly purples, red violets, golds and cobalt blues, though you'd never know it from this photo.
Since this is the last piece of my machine needle felted constructed cloth I thought I'd do something special with the piece, lots of hand stitching and knots.
I just need to decide which side I want to use, it's about six by seven inches in size.
Monday, February 18, 2013
This sample piece is working on becoming something special, after dinner I will retire to the wet studio to surface the pink piece which may or may not be of the same colors as the one in the lower left hand corner.
Dyed and painted cheesecloth that coordinates beautifully with my sample piece.
A basket filled with coordinating threads, trims, constructed yarns, etc.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
If you are an artist, or a collector, then this article is a must read by Susan Sorrel "Why Make Art in Series? Advantages for Artists"!!! I myself love working in a series. Doing so allows me to work out a design idea/theme but very often it allows me to see how far I can push the surface within a series as well.
Friday, February 08, 2013
I could enter this piece into an exhibition as it stands but there's so much more I want to do to this piece so it hangs on my studio wall for another day.
Hoodoos No. 5
Natural dyed silk fabrics, batting, machine stitched.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Monday, February 04, 2013
Silk Crepe de Chine
This is "Prairie" I found it last night in a wicker trunk with several other pieces to my 2002 Prairie Rermnant Solo Show. I'm thinking of cutting it into four sections, after pressing, and machine stitching, maybe push the surface a little further, and work them into my Canyonland Series. This while I wait on my indigo vat to do it's thing!
Believe it or not the fabric in that suitcase really is organized! While I was searching for piece of unfinished silk fabric I found my long lost stitched sample I had been looking for late last fall.
Due to the sample of the rights disappearance, deep into a pile of folded fabrics, I made another sample to pratice some machine stitching on. Both sample pieces consist of cochineal dyed cotton fabrics and are machine stitched. The left sample, however, has been surfaced further using fabric paints, oil bar, and ink. I'm thinking the sample on the right could use a good dose of color as well.