My friend Jay gave me some rusty bits left over from some of his wonderful sculpture. Lots of triangles and other shapes. Thank you Jay!
Before I left for vacation I wrapped some in one of my napkins and boiled it up with some tea and left it while I was gone. I didn’t arrange them just wrapped them up and weighted them in a pot of tea. Pretty ugly bunch of stuff when I returned.
The first picture is the napkin after it was rinsed and dried and ironed—I always iron linen napkins. The second one is my design almost finished.
This is large enough to create 3 cloths and here is the first. I cut it apart and reassembled it like my others but decided to stitch on it as I have in the fiber book. There are 3 designs each based circles, diagonals and straight lines. Finished this at 3:00 in the morning last night when I couldn’t sleep.
I work at a drawing table with a bright light. The cloth is raised up on a small portable ironing board. Jane said it would drive her crazy to stitch this way but I like it—some times sitting on a tall stool, sometimes standing. Mostly do it when I need a break from other work—or in the middle of the night.
Still working with rust and tea. The test with plants didn’t work but I tried with cotton and perhaps I needed a mordant? The image on the right contains a stitched piece I did after watching Jude Hill’s “Spirit Cloth”. Hand stitching is a form of meditation (unless I would have to do it as mending…)
Not quite sure where these are going and I keep adding new samples.
In the mean time, I’m fascinated with the unpredictable nature of this work.
School’s over and time to get to work… Posted 3 new designs to SOCIETY 6 – they are really from sketches I had already done and hadn’t posted yet but it makes me feel as though I’ve started…
3 new designs
More dyeing with rust and tea. I’m especially interested in how this technique works on older fabrics, including those which are already printed. The patterns of the rust bits act as a unifying element.
Different existing fabrics
Took a workshop at Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia this spring with Kassem Amoudi. It was about seeing where your marks could take you and taught with acrylics. While I loved the class and the way of exploring a painting, it isn’t where I am at this time – but I did like some of the pieces I did that weekend. Thought two of them might inform society6’s leggins. Here they are: Thoughts of Spring and Patches! And… there are others with patterns created from walks in the woods.
new line of leggins at society6 based on paintings!
Saw a wonderful exhibit, China, Through the Looking Glass” at The Metropolitan Museum in NY. Displays made connections between the Western view of Chinese decorative culture and contemporary high fashion.
Dress inspired by Chinese Manchu Robe
Spread out over three floors it was pattern after pattern after pattern. The exhibit was as much a piece of art as the fashions and the Chinese artifacts. Each gallery more wondrous than the next. Colors, ancient Chinese textiles and objects pared with current haute couture.
Style showing very early Chinese decorative elements, and on right From Wuxia, stories of martial arts, over 2000 years old.
Decorative flowers every where – ancient, blue-and-white porcelain. The embroidered rose is from a shawl, representing the China Trade.
Bodice of this dress and neck piece are literally made of blue-and-white porcelain shards.