September 30, 2008

Spin Cycle is Done

Spin Cycle is the newest piece in my Stretched Series. Each piece is a mini quilt in itself (top, batting and back). The gallery wrapped canvas is painted, then the mini quilt is attached to the canvas with hand stitching. Spin Cycle is, by definition, a whole cloth quilt. The top is one piece of fabric that has been painted, then stitched, and embellished with hardware. Yes, you read that correctly. There are brass washers and silver lock nuts in two different sizes and of course, beads and embroidery. And, once again, the batting is exposed. Don't you just love the colors and textures in the close-up photo?

Do you name your pieces? If so, how do you chose a name? Does it pop into your head when you're in the shower? Do you dream about it? Do you find the process difficult or easy? I would love to hear from you.

September 28, 2008

Gelatin Printing

As promised, here are some of the Gelatin Printing experiments from last weekend. Unfortunately, I didn't take photos of the pieces that Andi took home.
All of these pieces were printed on a commercial cotton fabric with grey fracture lines running through it. I knew this would make a great background fabric, so I bought several yards when it went on sale.
For this piece, Andi pressed a 2" x 10" plastic packaging piece onto the red gelatin plate several times.I think I used a combination of baby blue and grey on this piece. I pressed a face stamp all over the paint.
We used berry baskets and plastic netting from fruit boxes for the first print. Once dry, we inked the plate with yellow and pressed a potato masher into it.
First I ran a notched squeegee through the paint, then I stamped into it with a large grid. When it was dry, I used purple paint to stamp the large grid on top.
Life in general is so full of rules, it's much more fun to just let loose and play without any expectations. Rarely am I disappointed!
I followed the gelatin recipe in Rayna Gillman's book, see here for previous bragging. Rayna's step by step instructions are very easy to understand. After we pulled the first print, we were giddy! We were acting like two kids with new toys!
A couple of years ago, I took a wonderful 2 day workshop with Rayna and I just signed up for a 5 day workshop with her in June of 2009. I can't wait!! I'm hoping she will teach deconstructed screen printing.

September 27, 2008

Mystery Fruit

Andi and I were getting ready to have a play day with gelatin printing. Just as we were taking the gelatin out of the pan, my husband walks in with this odd looking fruit.Boy, does he know how to get our attention! What is this? Where did it come from? And, how come we've never seen one before? The exterior looks like an artichoke, and the inside looks and tastes like a kiwi. So Strange!
It's called a Dragon Fruit and it was purchased at the farmer's market. Apparently, one of the local farmers grows them here. They are expensive, but this little fruit entertained the entire household for at least 30 minutes.I had fun arranging the cross-sections into various compositions. Andi thought they looked like ladybugs. What do you see?

Could we use the rind to print with? No, it was too soft, it wouldn't survive the process. Will it release it's wonderful Fuscia dye onto fabric? Good thought, but the results were underwhelming.
We managed to pull ourselves away from this colorful experiment and continued on with the gelatin printing. More on that later.

September 13, 2008

Fibervision: New Views

I'm working hard in my studio, trying hard to meet all of my upcoming deadlines. There are so many fiber happenings coming up in the next month; it's going to be a blast!
What's this, you ask? A detail shot from my "Smoked Out" quilt that I started after the Gap Fire. I posted a rough layout here. It's completely finished and it is very colorful! I love, love, love the way it turned out. It will make it's debut at Fibervision New Views exhibit at the Cabrillo Arts Center, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd. in Santa Barbara.

The exhibit will hang from October 1st through October 24th. And all of you are invited to the reception on Tuesday, October 7th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. It's going to be a fantastic show! If you can't make it to the reception, please call the gallery for their hours, 805-897-1982.

Fibervision also has an small exhibit throughout October in the display case at the Santa Barbara Main Library.

And if that's not enough, the Coastal Quilters is having their Harvest of Colors Quilt Show on October 4th and 5th. It is being held at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. There will be over 200 quilts on exhibit ranging from traditional to art quilts. Ellen Ann Eddy is the featured artist. There will also be workshops with my good friend Andi Perejda and Joe Cunningham. Stop on by, Santa Barbara has an incredibly talented group of artists living here. The quilts are always amazing.

September 8, 2008

Another Self Portrait

My daughter saw my continuous line, self portrait and decided to give it a try.

Don't you just LOVE how this one eyed beauty turned out? I believe this was actually her 3rd drawing. If you aren't used to doing this sort of thing, it takes a little bit of warming up.

If you want to give it a try and missed the original post and guidelines, you can find it here. I would love to see your self portrait, please send me a link or a photo.

September 6, 2008

Texture Rubbings

At our latest Fibervision meeting, we did rubbings using all types of items. Some of the items used were rubber bands glued onto cardboard, bamboo table runners, hooked rug backing, stamps, rice, hot glue designs, placemats, paperclips, etc. Crayons, Shiva oil sticks, pastels, dye sticks and charcoal are among some of the materials used to produce the rubbings on either paper or fabric. Some of the rubbings looked great with pastel but didn't show at all in crayon. Some looked great on fabric, but awful on paper.These flowers were printed with a thermofax screen on a light, solid colored fabric. There was too much contrast for my liking, so I added multiple colors in the background, and now I like it a lot better.
I'm afraid I really didn't stick to the rules (nothing new there). In some cases, I layered several textures on each piece, so I don't remember what I used on every piece. I had a bunch of "ugly" pieces of fabric that needed a little something, so I used Shiva oil sticks and dye sticks to add a little texture. I used a commercial rubbing plate for the ginkgo leaves above.

I used plastic crewel canvas to rub a bit of texture here and there on this painted piece. I really like the depth it added.

September 1, 2008

Dyed in Ojai

I spent a fabulous day of dyeing with my Fibervision buddies, Susan Italo, Lora Martin, Mary Norton, and Linda Cassirer. I hope you enjoy looking at these beauties as much as I enjoyed making them. Look at this beautiful piece, I think it's my favorite. It's royal blue and turquoise with a touch of fuscia.
We went to Susan's house in Ojai (shhh, don't tell her husband that we made a mess while he was gone)! No . . . I think this one may be my favorite. Doesn't it look like a beautiful piece of agate?We had a great time dyeing, eating and drinking and I came away with some gorgeous fabric.
I've been trying very hard to resist the temptation of buying yet another set of supplies (I really mean dye). But look at the results. How will I ever resist the temptation?Each photo represents a very small section of the fabric. I didn't look for my favorite section, I randomly opened it and took a photo.They are all to beautiful. I feel myself becoming very, very weak. HELP!I'm a very good organizer, but I'm afraid there isn't any room for anything else. My studio is overflowing with wonderful stuff. I Love it all and couldn't possibly part with anything, so cleaning the studio again is not an option.

Los Angeles Adventure

I haven't posted lately, so I've got a lot to tell, but I don't want your eyes to glaze over, so I'll do it in bits. My friend Cathi asked me to update my Music Playlist . . . so I did. If you have a favorite song that you would like included, let me know. If you don't like music playing while you surf, just turn your computer speakers off.

Today I went to the Gunther von HagensBody Worlds exhibit in Los Angeles. It was truly incredible, unbelievable, amazing, fantastic (choose an adjective), all apply. Basically, cadavers have been preserved with plastinates; they show all the various muscles, organs, tendons, bones etc. I know, you're thinking that this sounds really gross, but it's not! It's fascinating.

Here's my kids with their 3D glasses before the IMAX Mummy movie. Interesting story, but it wasn't my favorite, and it certainly didn't need to be 3D. Oh well!

This is the roof/ceiling between the Science Center and the IMAX Theater. It was so cool! Gold balls in various sizes were hanging down from the ceiling and the purple circle is glass, so light pours through it and creates really interesting shadows.