Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Shibori dyeing with organic results

The white bundles in the photo became the colored pieces you see below. Since starting my "dye phase", I came across this website: TOBASIGN which has some good photos on how to sew and dye in the SHIBORI method. The how to photos were captioned in Japanese, so it's a good thing I'm a visual learner! The larger blue piece looks like a fossil to me and I like the organic look of the results.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Heavy with their drink - drink of color that is.

I've been doing some dying for a banner project. I decided to dye some other fabric while I had the dye pot going. Here's a banner detail on left, and other fabric for the pot on the right.

Here is a basic dyed banner piece . From here I will add other embellishments to fit the subject matter and add some contrast colors.

I either got into a roll or got into an obsessive mode because I am continuing to dye fabric even though the banner part is done (22 banners later). So here are some detailed photos below of the color and textures I have dyed.

This rust colored set was made by wetting fabric in vinegar and laying the cloth to dry on rusted metal.This will take much more experimentation before I get pieces I really like. The piece in the center was laid out on the rusted cutting blades of a defunct paper shredder. Laying the cloth on shaped rusted bits will yield some interesting patterns, but I will wait for warmer weather before doing more. Apparently the weather does not bother the process, but the cold bothers me! This is a job for spring. For now, I'll continue making more pieces inside.

How will I sew the dyed bits together and what will I make with them? I don't know yet! At this point they are hanging on a clothes rack and are feeling 'too precious' to use. If I live with them a little while, I'll get over this feeling and I'll begin sewing them together into something. I'll get back to where I began - back to the old Singer.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

7 things, 7 quirky things.

Awhile ago, Bev of Studio Panorama tagged me to write 7 quirky things about myself, and recently Dayna of Alley Art Studio tagged me for 7 things about me. So thinking as I do that I am quirky anyway, my 7 things are both about me and quirky. I know, it's a bit of a cop out, but I've combined them together and if you look at number 3, you'll see why it's hard for me to write all 14 things.

7 things

1. I listen to Coast to Coast AM on the radio for hours until I fall asleep. I like the ghost stories best.
2. I'm a very picky eater and I won't eat anything from the sea. I think I have a kid's palate.

3. I don't feel comfortable writing things on my blog, but I love reading them on other people's blogs. Since I've been tagged and I have enjoyed reading other people's posts it's only fair I give it a go.

4. I'm shy - see number 3.

5. I love the scent of fresh picked parsley.

6. I didn't fly in an airplane until I was 18.

7. I hate to travel and I love to travel. Getting there is horrible, but being there is wonderful. (Do you think number 6 caused number 7)?

I'm supposed to tag others, but I think I've procrastinated so long to do this that everyone whose blog I read has done this already. If you want me to tag you, let me know and I will make it so.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Graffiti in Italy

Dayna's 'graffiti'

Dayna of Alley Art Studio blogged her four week trip to Italy. She bought a red marker along the way and added some of her own 'graffiti' here and there. It motivated me to get out the graffiti shots I took in Italy to post here. Say hey to Dayna when you visit her and be sure to look back as far as her October posts - there are many great travel photos and stories to be enjoyed.



Ambitious graffiti on the train tracks.

This isn't graffiti, but it is in the style - danger on the train tracks!

There was some more personal religious graffiti too.

I love this stenciled piece. What a great idea!

John found this one near the bus stop at Tarquinia.
It seems appropriate to end this post with this piece.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Daily Window Bags

The nice folks at Daily Window have added a post to their blog about a bag I designed for them.

This project was fun and they've asked me to design more bags for their inspiration gallery and I'm looking forward to the working on them.

One of my next ideas is to display an icon or Christian image. I bought some iridescent gold pigment in Italy and I've been looking for a good excuse to use it. From Daily Window: "The bags were originally designed so that women/men could carry their inspiration, meditation, affirmation with them while on the go…as a learning/memorization tool, as a ministry. So we love when the craft world combines the artwork with the inspiration".

Click on this photo for detailed image.

The bags are sturdy and good quality and they make an excellent canvas. I made a 'regular' TM collage and added some fabric pieces to go with the collage. I dyed a vintage doily and created a flower to crown the composition. I tried to make it tasteful - something I would actually carry rather than just an art project. I hope you like what I've done with my first one. I enjoyed revisting one of my favorite themes - the mermaid - and what's better than a Paperwhimsy gal for the main figure!