Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
I spent a good deal of time messing about with a vessel design. I’ve had this particular idea for a vessel made from fabrics that I have dyed… the only problem being that I’m unsure of how to make the actual vessel and cover it with fabrics. I finally bit the bullet and bought some screening and began trying some ideas. I managed some very lumpy experiments the first day and then this rather cute little bag/vessel the second day. Nothing so far manages to approach the ideas I have germinating in my head but concrete progress is always more satisfying than vague ideas. There are still some pesky construction issues to deal with but I feel as though I’m getting a handle on how to approach them.
The bag is actually reversible which wasn’t planned but is kind of fun.
I’m glad I took the time to try these experiments even though I have been feeling a bit oppressed by the to-do list. Sometimes it is hard for me to invest the time into the experimental phase of a project. There is a very skeptical side to my personality that keeps looking at its watch and saying “OK that thing you just spent over 2 hours on looks like a mutant head of lettuce… and this benefits us how??”
But I know in my heart that the really good stuff comes from the stretching of ideas and exploring new paths. I have to learn to tell that particular voice to just chill for the next few hours and then you can nag me about the bottom line when recess is over!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I think I will give it another try using the first method but really working the fabric up and down as I pull it as well as using the lighter weight fabric.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Originally uploaded by narablog.com
Best laid plans aside....
So tonight I was supposed to be working on any of the current projects I've recently started. Instead I ended up immersing myself in the challenge glennis set of trying to recreate the resist method used to create this gorgeous piece posted by narablog in the flicker pool
here is what I tried (2 attempts)
using a soft, light weight plain weave canvas I drew a grid of 1/2 inch squares in washout pencil on one I added 1/4 lines as well
I tried 2 different stitch layouts one of alternate rows and one off set by 1/2
(ok that description sucks, lets let the pics demonstrate)
These were pulled to create the lines
and dyed with 2 densities of thickened dye
I will post results tomorrow.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I can’t believe how many of these I found in my studio, there are more too, at least four more pairs in and around the house that I can think of but I was too lazy to round them up. An embarrassment of riches… if there is one area of my life that has clutter issues it is the studio/project/supply area, well that and paper stuff.
Anyway… I’ve been spending a great deal of time in close contact with the ol’ scissors lately because I’ve been cutting out so many new projects (see my last post for ad nauseum) and I obviously can’t have too many pairs. I do need to get myself a sharpener because believe it or not even at my age I am still too impatient to respect the sanctity of the “good” scissors. I will use whatever is close at hand even if I am cutting paper… come to think of it that probably accounts for the surplus visible here!
Monday, May 5, 2008
- Discharge brown linen (?) panels- love what I've gotten so far, the shibori is completed and I have a bunch of ideas of what I can do with it but no clear decision has been made for the next step...
- Frequencies #2- this is the 2nd sampler made from the heat set shibori (new name for the series) I'm exploring some new ideas, introducing more colors and playing with the vibration aspect it...sorry no pics at present
- Earth Haori- I got it cut out of the fabric last week but haven't sewn a stitch yet
- Jacket- also cut out a pattern for a jacket, I think I've had this fabric sitting about for 18 years finally got my act together and chose a pattern to use it
- 9 Table runners- all based off of this design, have only gotten the bases sewn and now must add fused embellishments and top stitch them
- Ginkos#2- stalled, I haven't worked on it in a week
- Ginkos#1- so stalled I may abandon it and use the elements for something else
- New Yoga Bag- this is done, its a rough prototype and a bit lumpy but useful to me, I made it from blue linen/cotton with a discharged detail for the pocket
I've also laid out the bird garden...this means there are a bunch of pegs stuck in the ground with twine mapping out the paths and beds to be dug, essentially it is a note to myself that I have undertaken a project that will entail many, many hours of hard labor...but I won't think about that now.
I'm still trying to get new products into the ETSY store, attend yoga, spin and karate, and all the usual life stuff like work too.
This is where I start to feel a little oppressed and frantic.
It is also where I start my Kaizen chant: choose one thing and get a little bit done its all you can do and it is enough...
I know I'm not the only one with this overload, how do you handle it?