Thursday, July 17, 2014

Leaf I

I have quite a collection of fabric from our deconstructive screen printing playdays (with Fiber Junkies) ....I decided I needed to start using it.  
 Like many things, some pieces I love and some not so much...this one I really liked and have several versions of this that would work together.

I thought of using the 3 prints together as a long wall hanging but really....it was just too busy. 
I then thought of treating each as a separate piece and featuring them together might be more effective...The print was made using leaves and the deconstructive screen printing technique. As busy as it was, I still thought it needed more layering;  I ran the print through my printer to get the imagery of tree branches on top. Also adding some writing and screen printing gave it more interest. 
 
 I tried different combinations of fabrics to finish the print
 and settled on this which was the best solution...a little softer to focus on the print.
 I always love the opportunity to use gauze (on right); I think this piece needed it to tone it down.
 I painted up some silk organza to use as a binding...
 which makes such a pretty edge.
I mounted it on a pre-stretched canvas which is one of my favorite ways to mount small pieces.... This is one of my Haiku pieces (Haiku written on back).....Years ago I was in LINT (Ladies in New Textiles) a wonderful fiber group consisting of 12 fiber artists. At one of the meetings, one of the gals had a bowl with pieces of paper - noun or verb on each. We were to pick 3 and then had 10 minutes to write a Haiku incorporating those 3 words.....You didn't have time to give it much thought...just do it...It was so much fun and it peaked my interest in writing them for my smaller pieces....This one is :

Trees in the shadows
embracing words in the wind
touch the leaves above

I am linked to Ninamarie Sayres off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday. Please take time to check out these wonderful sites to see works of other fiber artists...It's great fun!

Friday, July 11, 2014

NC Arboretum Exhibit

On Wednesday, I had the great fun of  hanging our upcoming exhibit at the NC Arboretum in Asheville, NC. with my two  "artist and girl" friends - Kate Weston and Mary Stori. For more information on the arboretum exhibit go to their website -  http://www.ncarboretum.org/exhibits/upcoming/
Since their were 3 of us participating, we were given the entire upper floor - such a beautiful space.
The quilts are nature related to go along with the title of the exhibit - Fiber Art and Nature - 3 perspectives.
We had lots of long walls and a great hanging system to work with.
This is Kate's "Castor Bean" -  one of my favorite pieces.
In one section, we did groupings of just our own work - this is 2 of Mary's pieces- Her "Red Trees" on the left is my other favorite. Much of our work was created using many fabrics we made at our Fiber Junkies meetings
This is a section of my work.....
and Kates.....
When we left, the show was nearly finished for opening except for the wires you see hanging down from the hanging system....They will be rolled up and tucked behind each piece.
A grouping of small pieces from Kate and I...
Kate's Sunset quilt....
Another small grouping....I love Kate's new piece on the right using Japanese fabrics and a kimona shape to her quilt.
This is Mary's wall of wool pieces, artist hand dyed fabrics and heavily beaded...beautiful!
Another one of Mary's "fun themed" quilts...
and Kate's "Picket Fences"...think I have the name wrong on that but I call it her happy quilt as it is just so happy looking.
I hope you'll stop by if you're in the area. The NC Arboretum is a beautiful place to see in and of itself but the added fun of a great quilt exhibit...even better. The exhibit runs from July 10 thru Sept 28.
It was a great day and lots of fun working with Kate and Mary - 2 wonderful fiber artists and even more - wonderful friends....
I am linked to Ninamarie Sayre's blog and Whoop Whoop Friday...Check them out!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fall Breezes

I used to be a part of a wonderful fiber group called LINT - it stood for Ladies in New Textiles. There were 12 of us, most of whom were teachers and/or exhibiting artists. We did lots of exhibits as a group - sometimes just new work and many times involving a theme. One of my favorites was the theme on "Transparency" We could interpret it any way we wanted and it was great fun to see how everyone approached it so differently.  I love working with leaves and sheer fabric so I thought it would be a good match.
I created a piece for the show that utilized silk organza as a backdrop (transparency) and image transfer leaves, floating down.
 I started working with photo transfer paper over 15 years ago when I wanted to re-create the beauty of fall foliage. I always used real leaves to copy onto the transfer paper (right) and then onto fabric. I liked using silk as it reflected better. Placing the fabric image next to the real leaf...you couldn't tell the difference except my fabric leaves didn't curl up and die. I also liked to choose leaves with lots of "personality" - holes, browning areas etc. to give them a more realistic look.
It was a challenge to figure out a way to assemble it so the leaves would appear to be floating down.
I used a clear monofilament thread and attached it between the leaf and a mirror image of the same leaf as backing fabric. If the leaf flipped to the back, the thread wouldn't be visible. The leaf would appear to be floating.
My handy husband made a wooden bar to mount the sheer backing fabric onto. It extended out around 1 1/4" - small holes were drilled along the bar and closer to the front to string the monofilament through. Another piece of thin wood was laid on top to cover the monofilament and small holes.
You can see the monofilament up close but from a short distance away, not obvious.
I did a very light colorwash on the organza and transferred images to create a more interesting backdrop. 
This piece will be part of a new exhibit opening at the NC Arboretum featuring the works of Mary Stori, Kate Weston and myself. We are hanging it next week and it runs close to 2 months.  Check my blog "exhibits" for more information. 
   If you're in the area, please drop by and take a look...

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Results

I finally got to washing and ironing my deconstructive fabric from last week...That's always the most fun part. With this process, you never know what you'll get. I used silk, mercerized cotton and hand dyes that needed a facelift.
This was my mercerized cotton using nutmeg and a pearl gray...a nice combination...It does show off the patterning in it.
I thought I was onto something, being able to use up my unsuccessful hand dyes. On left is a green fabric and it doesn't show off the printing as well...so it was worth a try but I think working with white is best. On right is a piece of silk...a little pale but will make a nice backdrop for something.
This was another piece of silk
Silk (left) and cotton (right) and think I like that one the best.
Another hand dye...
This was an odd piece of silk I had and was experimenting with a leaf image transfer...just threw it in the mix...Now I'm hoping I can incorporate that leaf into it somehow...a nice pop of color.
The one on the left was cotton ... my other favorite is the silk organza on the right. I tried to work with the same colors so I would have enough pieces to do something with.
Today my little Audrey comes ...for a week...- My granddaughter is 23 months old...I look at the pictures of her as a newborn and hard to believe we've had her for 2 years...We're all set with a kiddy pool, a gallon of bubble stuff, wands, shovels, books...Pirates Booty (a cheese snack, never heard of that one)..It does bring back memories...I am linked to Whoop Whoop Friday...check it out.
Til next time...Judy

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A New Way to Silk Screen

We love Gen...she's a bundle of fun...We all wear our oldest, "rattiest" clothes to these play days, knowing they're only going to get more seasoned as time goes on. Gen had on an "old" shirt but no signs of any play day adventures on it....
With her encouragement, we fixed that in a hurry....
We placed a silkscreen on her back....
and went to work....
The front was done with a heart in the middle and hands strategically placed on the sides..
We had a lot of fun, laughs and Gen went home with a brand new "old" shirt to wear at our gatherings.
Til next time...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fiber Junkies Show and Tell

Lunch at Vals is on her deck in the treetops overlooking the city of Asheville....it is breathtaking....Besides munching and sipping wine, we also share our latest work.
Denny and Kate did some ice dyeing...my favorite and this time on bamboo rayon which is so soft and takes a dye beautifully. The above is Kates...and my favorite colors...so subtle and pretty
I think this is Denny's...another beautiful piece....
This and the next one were made by Denny...This is beautiful fabric but lots of energy and not easy to use...it will be fun to see where Kate and Denny go with it.

Val shared a book she made using fabric she created at the last FJ meeting...
absolutely beautiful and the binding done by hand also.  The lace on tape was so delicate and a perfect touch.
This was one of the pages in her book...some handmade paper....
More to come....