Strathmore is hosting more workshops this year. The first one is being taught by Traci Bautista. Here is my first week’s work…er…play.
There are layers of stuff on here…Smooch Spritz inks sprayed over resists and plastic canvas, acrylic paints, acrylic inks, markers of all kinds, white-out pen, and oil pastels last. The neat thing about these workshops for me is they help me get acquainted with different products that I have not used before.
Today, my intent was to get started on printing some silk scarves in Christmas colors for my opening reception. Well, getting started is about all I’m getting done.
First the scarves have to be soaked in white vinegar, then they have to dry. That takes some time. Then I made a silk screen with glue…and now it is drying. So I decided to blog while I’m sitting here waiting for everything to dry!
First, I gotta tell you about all the new flavors of fudge I came across this weekend. I’m in fudge heaven. I went to a craft festival in Harrisburg to purchase some lotion bars and other products for Christmas. I came home with MUCH more!
First, the fudge. We taste tested pumpkin, dreamsicle, white chocolate with apricots and walnuts, white chocolate with cherries and pecans…oh. my. gosh. I’m in love with the two white chocolate fudges. I purchased these to send to my mother-in-law for her birthday. She is a fudge lover, so that is usually what I get her. I was going to order some from a catalog until I saw this locally made fudge. I purchased both the white chocolate fudges and some Rocky Road that I knew she would like. Of course, since I brought it home with me, she now has to share some of it with me! She can’t eat 3 lbs. of fudge by herself anyway! I have since found a recipe online for the white chocolate with apricots and walnuts. I will definitely be trying that recipe this year.
Yesterday, I crocheted the other wrist warmer. I had made one and embellished it and had never gotten around to making the second one. I finished it and then fished out a pattern for a flower that is used on a strand to wear around your neck. So I had to try those out….
Cute? I think they are.
I love the yarn. The red and purple flowers are made from Deborah Norville’s Everyday soft worsted anti-pilling yarn. There’s no fuzzies on it. It’s very nice yarn.
So now I put a question to you….should I use this one on my wrist warmers?….
…or this one?
I’ll probably just end up putting a row of buttons on the left one, but I did think it would be fun to have different embellishments on each one. These are fingerless and fun to wear!
Martha Sielman’s second volume of the Masters: Art Quilts published by Lark Crafts is definitely 400 pages of eye candy, a colorful, visually stimulating treat to the art of 40 contemporary artists working in textiles. Sielman features work, not only from the United States, but from across the globe, including Switzerland, Australia, Hungary, France, So. Africa, the Netherlands, Canada, Israel, Russia, Japan, Norway, and England. I love this global selection, as well as her exploration of the career and personal backgrounds of each artist and how this contributes to the way they work. This background provides a rich supplement to the amazing art featured in the book. There are ample selections of each artist’s work, with 5 to 10 pages of full page photographs devoted to each. I feel that I have seen a good representation of the artists.
There are many familiar (to me) artists featured: Paula Nadelstern, Laura Wasilowski, Nelda Warkentin, Jane Dunnewold, and Linda MacDonald. Others are totally unknown to me, but their addition to this catalog greatly enrich my visual experience with every page.
Sielman’s choice of artists who work in a broad range of styles and techniques contributes to the appeal of the book. Some are personal histories providing a view into worlds unknown to most, such as Carolyn Crump’s portraitures which feel very much like linocuts because of the black outlines she uses. Dutch quilter Miriam Pet-Jacobs uses commentary with messages both obvious and elusive. I love Netherland’s resident Leslie Gabrielse’s combination of collage and realistic figures. He states that he is “very drawn to commercial fabrics…fascinated by the variety of motifs and textures they have to offer.” Pamela Fitzsimons’ work is based on the Australian landscape, creating lines, colors, and patterns reminiscent of the country. Dirkje van der Horst-Beetsma creates landscapes based on her native province in the Netherlands which are made up of several sections laced together with unusual materials such as zippers or inner tubes. Izabella Baykova’s depictions of Russian cityscapes and fairy tales are renditions of views from her St. Petersburg apartment and folk stories using layers of sheer silk and paint. I find her work to be amazingly intricate. Daniela Dancelli’s abstract work, using a combination of different textiles along with plastic, laminated newsprint, and found objects, incorporates strong colors, bold marks and handwritten letters into her symbolic pieces.
This volume is a must-have addition to any serious textile artist’s library. It will be kept in my home alongside Volume 1 and studied over and over again. Martha Sielman’s curating has provided an invaluable service to the textile art community.
For those interested in supporting the arts, Masters: Art Quilts Vol. 2 can be purchased through SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Association). Lark is donating the full $24.95 amount to SAQA.
Summer is winding down…it’s August already. It has gone by quickly.
Along with leaving town a couple of times, working to have items ready for the artisans/farmer’s market each weekend, and now produce coming in from the garden, a girl has to work hard at getting quality time making art. I have an exhibit to hang in October…!
I have been working on some new work and last week saw me spending a lot of time just doing art. “Composition” is a new series I am working on. It is mixed media work and I am enjoying it immensely. I am having loads of fun using paint, ink and pastels to create on paper and cloth.
There are more coming in this series and manner of working. These measure approximately 15″ square. Work is also proceeding on a larger piece using discharged black cotton sateen and a rust dyed cotton feed sack.
Scarlet and I have started working on Christmas ornaments for the gallery gift shop. Mine will mostly be mixed media and made of papers. They are started but there is much to be done before they are ready for display.
New journal covers I have been creating this summer are photos printed on cotton. Oh, look…one of them is the new artwork, Composition.
I have a couple of shows I will be working in September. See my events tab (above) to see where I will be. October will be the time I am finishing up everything for my exhibit in New Harmony, IN.
Well, I guess it’s time to get back to my other work now….
Last week, I ran out of thread on a piece of art I was stitching on. Rather than take a whole day and drive an hour away to buy thread, I opted for an internet order instead. Of course! the company only had one spool of a color I needed, I found out later, and of course, I need more than one, so yes, I will be making that 1 hour trek in a couple of weeks, but I made a lunch and outing date with a friend, so driving an hour for thread won’t be all that I am doing that day. Oh, the down side of rural living…even if I do love it!
In the meantime, there is plenty for me to do while I wait for the thread….so I got started on making some prints on cloth. These will be deconstructed prints. First I had to create the screens. I smeared a few colors of dye paint onto the back of blank silk screens, then pushed objects that will create designs and texture into the paint. Then let dry for however long it takes. Purchased screens or homemade screens using framing wood pieces that lock together…it’s all good. I have learned something about making the homemade screens though. Do not use polyester sheers…they STRETCH! And you won’t like it. Use nylon material to avoid this. I am going to have to re-do some of my screens.
While I had the dye and the bubble wrap out, I decided to play. I do that a lot…try something new…see what happens. I laid my dry soda soaked cotton over the bubble wrap (to see how to soda soak cotton, see my tutorial on the sidebar), then laid a blank screen over it and pulled prints.
This deposits quite a bit of paint on the cloth, hence the following “monoprint”.
Since these two pieces use the same colors, they can be used together in something, but there is variation in the cloth.
I still need to finish one piece of cloth before I put my stuff away…maybe today!
But right now, I am making Mounds balls. ;=)