Sunday, March 26, 2017

Middle School Art Show at Studios on the Park

I'm so proud of the wonderfully creative work my students have done this year.
 We had our opening reception for our middle school art show this last Wednesday at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles. The show will be up through the end of April. Hope you can see it.

 I'm standing in front of their Notan  Projects.

In front of me are their ceramic personality boxes, a couple gargoyles and other pieces. 
In back are their Australian Aboriginal art compositions.

Here are my wonderful friends who helped me hang the show. Thanks again ladies. 
You made this task so much easier.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

More Itajime

Once your dyes are all made up and in squirt bottles, the dyeing goes very fast.
 Having done that about a month ago or so, it didn't take me very long to put together a few new pieces. Having way too much fun with this technique.

Fabric was accordion folded and tied to the PVC  piece at an angle to create chevron stripes.

Below is the resulting fabric.

Itajime  using chopsticks and washers.

Itajime using larger sticks. Prior to putting those on, I used large washers clamped to the fabric to create a circular design underneath that you see in the finished piece.

 For this one, I accordion folded the fabric, wound it around a spool using rubber bands
 to secure in and drizzled dye on the folded edges.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Itajime Fun

I was so inspired last week from seeing Ana Lisa Hedstrom that I had to do some itajime.

Folded and stitched these on the machine. The stitching showed up as little dots
 after being dyed. I started with Kona gold fabric.

Folded, stitched and wrapped arashi style.

Batched them for 24 hours.

Before rinsing.

Here's all three pieces together and below each one separately.

Below is a closeup of the little stippling from where the dye penetrated through the fabric
 where it was stitched.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Ana Lisa Hedstrom

Yesterday I had the opportunity to hear Ana Lisa Hedstrom speak at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. I have admired her work for a long time and was not disappointed. She talked about her journey as an artist, living and studying in many different countries in Asia.  She then spoke about each of her wonderful pieces in the exhibit.

 Here she is speaking in front of a plant dyed wool felt piece.

 The piece above and two below are done on Japanese kozo paper

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Reverse Appliqué Quilt in Process

Teaching has been keeping me way too busy lately, as it does. Haven't had much time to do my own work, but made a little progress on my reverse appliqué piece. I basted together all four layers of fabric. Then I drew my design on tracing paper which I pinned to the quilt. Next, I carefully stitched through all the layers on the machine. Later in the week, I removed the tissue paper and next I will be cutting through the top layer to reveal other fabrics.

Did a little practice on this piece prior to the above to make sure I'd be able to tear off all the tissue paper.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Reverse Applique

It's been nice having today and last Monday off to work a little bit on my quilt for our Cutting Edge Group's PIQF show. I'm using a reverse appliqué process. I haven't done much reverse appliqué, but like how it looks and think it will be the perfect way to do my idea.

Here are a few examples of my prior work with reverse appliqué.

This is part of a quilt I made for for my Master's Show back in 2010.  I really liked this part of the quilt, but the rest, not that much. I had four pieces of fabric layered together and machine stitched a design on the top layer. Then I just cut through the outlined areas to reveal some of each fabric here and there.

This is a vest I made way back when, can't even remember when,  that also has reverse appliqué.

Talk about having a target on your back!

The front was woven, fused strips.  I still enjoy wearing it now and then.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Notan Projects

My students recently completed their Notan projects. Notan is the Japanese design concept which focuses on a balance of light and dark, positive and negative.  Students made some amazing pieces.