Sunday, November 30, 2008

And another.....I tell you nothing takes dye like silk!
Another silk scarf done with deconstructive screen printing and then over dyeing. This one is very subtle. Going to try another one today. I will only have a few for the show next weekend but it is what it is!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Holiday Show

Between stuffing turkeys and cleaning the house (are you proud of me?) it has been a hectic week. But yesterday all the guests were gone, the house was quiet and I was able to get some work done. I have a show next week and I'm pedaling as fast as I can! The top piece is dyed fabric overlaid with dyed silk organza and hand stitching. The scarf was created with desconstructive screen printing. It is luscious, even if I do say so myself.
Good weekend jujus everyone!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Hearts Galore

I stayed up way too late last night working on this. It began life as a piece of deconstructive screen printed cloth that I stamped with textile paint. It's not quite finished. I need to add a bit more quilting and some hand stitched accents. It may also get another piece of blueish cloth somewhere on the right side.

Today looks like it will be a great Sunday. We're meeting some friends to go see a local theater production of The Odd Couple. This theater operates on a shoestring and features only actors from the local area. It is always a fun experience and costs about the same as seeing some overproduced Hollywood blockbuster movie.

Support your local arts!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Work continues....I turned this piece around, snipped away some of the overlaying silk in certain areas and started to add some hand stitching. It's looks like primoidal soup, doesn't it?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sometimes when I stop trying so hard I seem to produce more creatively unique work. This work is a dyed, painted and stamped piece of cotton with pieces of dyed silk organza laid overtop. Tonight, if time allows, the pins will be removed and hand sitching added.

Meanwhile my husband person finishes his Nuc Med classes by mid December and has begun to job hunt. When Steve left the world of high tech and semi conductors he knew he wanted to do something that would have a positive impact on people. I guess making computer chips didn't leave him with a great sense of having made a difference in the world. Be that as it may, he chose to pursue a career in the health care field. But, of course, chose one of the fields that isn't experiencing sky rocketing growth and has happy, contented already-hired employees who don't leave their jobs. Anyhow, he has two possible positions that he is waiting to hear back from. I'm asking all of you to wish him the best. This is a man who has had to endure more than his share of heart ache and stress in the past 2 years. Much like all of us 'he deserves a break today'.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

This is not done yet but so far I am happy with the sweetness that is happening. Lots of layers, lots of pastel dust flying around the kitchen this afternoon.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Deconstructive screen printed cloth. I'm now well on the way to ruining 2 sinks with dye stains (perhaps a purchase of Ajax with bleach would be good - in the industrial size can). I ask you....can altered counter tops be far behind?

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I posted this as a work in progress awhile ago. Yesterday I plunged it into a deep navy dye bath...yes after it had been painted and then stitched with batting....and then added the binding today. Kind of looks like one of those Hubble telescope photos, doesn't it?

Friday, November 7, 2008

I have been so busy this past week getting many pieces ready for the Danforth Museum of Art gift shop (yes, they want more) I haven't had time to blog post. This piece is cloth that I deconstructive screen printed and am now hand stitching. I was going to add more layers of dye but there was something about the simple nature of the first printing that made me leave it be. I really admire artists that are able to render their visions in works that are clean in design. Of course I also admire artists whose work is so filled with detail and stuff going on that it draws you in to keep looking and looking. Heck, I am an 'art harlot'...I love it all....