Saturday, July 19, 2014

Controlled Burn Accepted into San Luis Obispo's Dimensions Show

I received  news yesterday that "Controlled Burn" was accepted into the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art's  Dimensions Show,  which will feature a variety of mediums, including wood, glass, metals, clay, fiber, etc.  The show will run from September 5th through October 12th, with an opening reception September 5th.  I feel very honored and excited.  Here's a picture of "Controlled Burn."

This was a shibori piece that I felt turned out well.  I first dyed the center piece yellow green and then did the arashi shibori in red over it.  I love the little bits of turquoise that show through here and there.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Round Three: The Fabric That Wasn't Meant to Be

After  making a new silkscreen design that didn't work due to my thermofax machine not working  correctly, I've come to the conclusion that this fabric is  not to be.  I need to send my machine off to someone who knows how to fix them.  The heat is not consistent and the image is not getting burned all the way through.  So in screening, a little ink comes through here and there, like a dot to dot drawing.  Does anyone have any suggestions on who to send it to?

Yesterday I took the day off and went kayaking with friends in Morro Bay.  We had a great time and a lovely lunch spent catching up with each other.

After lunch I stopped at the Cotton Ball in Morro Bay and found a fabric pretty similar to the one I was trying to create. So, on with the quilt.  Will revisit my blue fabric at a later time and do something with it.

On the way home, I stopped to take pics of these very cool rusty trucks.  Rusty trucks seem to be featured in a lot of artwork these days.  There's just something about them.  Some rust designs have such beautiful metal patinas caused by the oxidation of the metal. It will be fun  to play around with these in photoshop and see what I can get.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Round Two: Discharging Design onto Fabric

I unwrapped the arashi shibori fabric yesterday and was surprised that it was all blue.  I believe I used too much dye.  One thing this did prove was that procion dyes can last over a year, as long as they are kept refrigerated and no soda ash has been added to it.  I had this dye in a small refrigerator in the barn for over a year and a half.

So I decided to wash it out thoroughly and try using discharge paste to create some white patterns.  I silk-screened a design onto the cerulean blue fabric.

Below is the discharged piece drying on the line yesterday evening.

Here is a closeup of the pattern.

Today I steam ironed the fabric, like you are suppose to do, and it turned a very light blue  where the discharge paste had been applied.  I had hope for it to be more white, but know you don't always get all the way back to white.  Next, I rinsed it in soapy water, and hung it to dry.  I was very disappointed to see that as it dried ALL the pattern disappeared.  I don't know why that happened.  I have used the paste before with great results.  I have emailed Jacquard Products to ask them 
what they think went wrong. 

Meanwhile, I am gearing up for Round Three to create pattern on this piece.  I am going to try blockprinting or silkscreening white paint  on it in some kind of wave design.  Wish me luck! 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A good day for Arashi Shibori

Our house is finally getting back to normal.  All the holes have been drywalled and all but one wall repainted.  Today I relaxed, sat around, read two Sunday newspapers cover to cover, always a delight, and found time to create two arashi shibori pieces.  I am making a quilt for my nephew and his new wife and thought some blue arashi shibori fabric would go well with the ocean themed quilt that I'm making for them.

Here is the quilt  on my design wall so far.

Here is the fabric, which has been pre-soaked and dried, 
then wrapped around a pvc pole, awaiting dye.

Here it is with the dye applied.  I made two 1/2 yard pieces, one where I applied the dye while fabric was wet, and the other one with dry fabric.  My dye was a bit old, so we'll find out tomorrow how they turned out.  Stayed tuned!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

New Prayer Flag

Only had time this week to make a little prayer flag for yet another friend who's life has been changed by cancer.  It seems everywhere one turns someone is suffering from the insidious disease or their loved one is.

The center fabric is an ice-dyed one.  Then I stamped the dragonfly, swirls and stars on it.  Next, I sewed it to the background fabric using a star stitch found on my sewing machine that I didn't even realize I had.  I also didn't realize that it's not very straight on the right side. Guess, I'll call that my trail spirit.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Seven Sisters Quilt Show

Haven't done anything new this week due to getting our house ready for a re-plumbing of water pipes from below the slab to the attic.  We have another leak under the slab and so are going to bite the bullet and get it fixed for once and for all.  Getting your floor jackhammered every 8 or 9 months is not as much fun as one would think.

Speaking of fun though, I helped to set up the Challenge quilts for the Seven Sisters Show on Friday and was there most of today, checking out the show, vendors and then helping to take it down.  Many hands makes light work.

Here are some of my favorite quilts from the fabulous Seven Sisters Quilt Show held this weekend at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo.  Hope you enjoy them too.

"Radiant Suns" by Ann Picker

"Ulm Cathedral" by Isolde Lata

"Will It Go Round in Circles?" by Ginnie Murach

"There is Light in the Darkest Forest" by Ann Waskey

Of course, there were many other wonderful quilts of all types and styles.  These were just a few that really caught my eye.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Finished Helianthus, alias, Sunflower Quilt

Finished the sunflower quilt Thursday at about 3:00, photographed it, put together a CD with photos of that and two other quilts I'm interested in entering into the Dimensions show and hurried off to the post office to get the entry materials postmarked by the June 20th date.  Wasn't sure if by June 20th included June 20th or not, so wanted to get a June 19th postmark on it, just in case.

I often find it difficult coming up with titles for my art.  I decided upon "Helianthus," which is the Latin name for sunflower.  Sunflower just sounded too cutsey, which was not what I was going for in this quilt, or for that matter in any of my art. I always cringe when someone feels they are giving me a compliment about my work, using that word.  It makes me reexamine my work.  I'm sure they don't mean it as an insult, but rather don't know what to say.

Detail of focal point.  Ended up doing more hand stitching than originally planned, but like how it looks and always enjoy that process.  The seed stitch behind the sunflower made the flower pop out more and the background recede.

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