I’ve been gone on retreat for about 10 days. Before leaving, I promised my friend Molly, owner of Tsubo Massage, that I’d change out the work I have hanging in her offices by the end of this month. Today I put up 3 large pieces — 3 of the 4 Maze series. (The fourth isn’t done yet). I also have 2 smaller pieces that need to be changed out.
Before my trip I was digging through one of my boxes of hand-dyed, printed and painted fabrics. I came across quite a few pieces of cloth that are just beautiful and pretty near complete in and of themselves. So I decided to make some smaller works that use a continuous face cloth (or top piece) with wool underneath. Then surface design (stitching and beading) to bring out the images and finish them off.
I managed to get 2 pieces felted before leaving. The first was a dyed and silk-screen printed piece of silk.
I took a couple of detail shots of it as well. I find the details of the imagery very exciting, with lots of promise of good things to come.
I’ve started hand-stitching on it. I think the surface design of stitching and beading will enhance the pictorial aspects greatly.
Here’s the other piece, “the Fish” piece.
In this piece, as well as the other, I’ve used multiple colors of wool under the top cloth. I love to see how that changes the surface’s colors when the wool migrates through the fabric. The images of fish were painted on with the help of a stencil and some well thickened fabric dye. The edges of the fish are clean and crisp which is not a look I use frequently.
I’m not sure at all where this one will lead me. Guess I’ll leave it up to the fish!
I’m off on further adventures and will probably not be able to post again for about 3 weeks. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll catch up in the second half of August.