Making Cloth, Making Art

Some of you might remember these pieces of jar lid resist fabric I posted pictures of a couple of weeks ago. Well, those white circles were just too much contrast for me. I wanted to paint them bronze. Last night I sat and meticulously painted each circle. But not all bronze dyes are made alike…as you can see in this picture…

..it’s too brown!  Today I tried some transparent acrylic paint to make it go more golden…

This is more what I had in mind.  I prefer to use dye paint, but acrylic was faster….just how many days do I want to put into this cloth? I still may mix some yellow dye paint and try it.

In other news, I have been working on my Visioning goals this week.  I got  two small pieces stitched and matted, and worked on one experimental sample, then started another.

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My Growing Pile…

Does anyone else have one of these?

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Let me explain to you what this is.  Every time I make cloth, I sort the pieces afterwards.  Into this pile goes my very favorite pieces that I want to use to make art.  But this pile never goes down…it only goes up…(wish the stock market did the same).  Why is that?  BECAUSE…I am so enamored of surface design…that I can make the cloth faster than I can the art.  The other day, the pile fell over, but I just put it back up.  Some of the pieces in this pile have been here for years and never gotten made into anything, but I can’t bear to move them from this pile and into the pile of things I will sell…at least not yet.