Wednesday, August 29, 2012
More hand prints. It is sooooooo unbelievably hot and dry here, normally we have a humidity level around 50% or higher this time of year, which is causing problems with drying times. Problems as in everything is drying within minutes, sometimes seconds, making it difficult to work the cloth.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Untitled WIP - Hands - There was a small amount of ink washout but for the most part it survived! The hand prints are barely noticable, which was the affect I was going after, an aged patina'd look.
I played around with the lighting, photographing the piece with just the light that was coming through the windows.
A future central panel???
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Bjorkboda hanging on the shelf on the far wall.
I compost dyed these about seven years or so ago, it's been so long now I don't remember when exactly.
Black gutta on compost dyed silk chiffon fabric.
Look familiar??? Yes I'm finally going to work with this piece, note it's in the header of this blog and one of the main photos in my books.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I'm almost ready for the hand stitching, I filled in a bit more of the piece with machine stitching to reinforce it's structure.
The forgotten dye note text now dealt with which resulted in more brown scraggly stitching being added to the piece in a random manner.
I've started thinking about the cottonwoods and how stoic they look when shrouded in the ice fog of deep winter.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Now with some dark teal cotton thread.
I love the overlap of the cotton panels.
I forgot to remove the dye technique notes from the botton of the fabric panel, so now to figure out what to do with that little bit and then it's time for some hand stitching.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I'm starting to like it more and more without the silk overlay.
I'm thinking of leaving the silk piece off now and using it on another piece of indigo dyed fabric.
Of course this piece of indigo dyed fabric also looks lovely with this silk piece.
So now I need to make a decision, and of course that decision might involve dyeing more cotton fabric with indigo!
I had it leaning up against a shelf and it fell forward crushing half of the gilded walnuts, I have to say it helps the piece... sad I know but hey I'll take a happy accident anytime!
I'm thinking of drilling into the wood and adding some wire and bone bits in this half broken walnut half!
The encaustic surface wasn't damaged.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Lunch time, this herd of cows live across the road from the marsh which makes the trip to the marsh that much more enjoyable.I am writing that blog entry on money, it is way harder to put into words what I'm thinking, and feeling, when it comes to money. The upside is it is making me view my studio business in an entirely different light. No more am I thinking of money and my studio business as simply covering my costs/expenses. Now I'm thinking about profit margins, retirement plans, and I'm starting to think I swallowed an accountant, like it wasn't bad enough that I swallowed a computer geek now I'm starting to sound like a CPA. Apparently, according to John, this is NOT a bad thing!!!
What I really need to get hubs in here with me to bounce some ideas off of, and lets just say his view of money is way different than mine and he has NO guilt issues what-so-ever about charging certain price points so as to stay in business. Yes I will share his opinions.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Went out to the marsh this afternoon for a much needed infusion of inspiration!!!
Now to spend some time in the studio this evening working with a fresh mind!
Monday, August 06, 2012
More stitching coming later this afternoon, had to take a break from sewing. In the mean time I'm thinking about the direction of this particular piece, of rivers, cottonwood trees, marshes, and the difficulties early settlers faced in settling this wild wet often boggy land called Iowa.
A detail of the stitching, so far. I have a lot more stitching, layering, and then more stitching to do to t his piece before it's done. If the fabric looks familiar it's because it's is the same fabric that is on the cover of my Rust and Clay Dyeing Book.