Sunday, May 16, 2010

Cloth to Cloth

I am so excited about this online class I'm taking. It will unfold as we go, but I am approaching this as a chance to focus on an aspect of myself I haven't been in touch with in a while. I have always, it seems, embroidered and made quilts. I dabbled at one point in crazy quilting, which combines both. But this is different. It adds story-telling to the mix. And weaving. And while I am not approaching this as focused as some of my classmates, I know it will change the way I produce my art. At least for now. My challenge will be to take the parts of this that are me, and not copy Jude's work, or the work of my classmates. So much energy in this group- so many talented people.

Here are some photos from my dying session yesterday. I used indigo dye for the first time. Who knew that an indigo dye bath had a 'flower' ( the foam on top of the liquid), that it needs to proof like yeast, and that it is a WONDERFUL acid green color. It's the oxygen in the air that turns it blue. And watching it oxidise was a coool experience.

This is about 2 yards of muslin that I folded and bunched.

This is my attempt at 'shibori'. I wrapped the fabric around a pool-noodle (didn't have a pipe) and secured it with rubberbands, then scrunched it down. I LOVE the water-ripple effect.

Pretty fabrics drying in the sun
I hope to be able to start weaving these and other fabrics together and start embroidering/quilting them together today. Housework? dinner? Pizza and a quick vacuum ought to take care of it!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Today is a day for honoring the mothers. Those who nurtured us and helped us to be the best we can be. I wish I had pictures to share with you of all the women I honor today. My Mom, her mom, my Dad's mother, and his sister, these are the women who taught me to knit and embroider and sew. My sisters, (who are SO much older than me!).My step mother, who loves and supports in the background. The women who nudged me in the right direction and the women who screamed in my ear. I thank you for the gifts you have given me- and I hope to be a model to the women who come after me on this journey of life.