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Radical Embroidery

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

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I signed up to take Radical Embroidery at Oregon College of Art and Craft. It was a 3 day workshop. It turned out to be not that radical, but I learned a lot about using embroidery as an art form. The instructor was a delightful young woman from the CA bay area, Victoria May. Her website is here. Her work is a bit radical as she has a fondness for the gritty and industrial debris that she finds in her travels. I think that adding delicate embroidery to these found objects serves to confound the viewer.

On the first day, we learned different ways to create line in our work. The piece at the beginning of this post is my sampler. We used Dynaflow paint on canvas to  begin our work. Then I added lines in various ways. We used organza in our work. For this line, I painted organza which I tore into strips and couched down. I really like the effect.

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The next day, we moved on to working with painted organza layered on canvas and we were to capture some things between the layers.

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I had some previously quilted rusted silk which I cut into rectangles. Two pieces are under the organza and the middle one is on top. I am in the process of stitching the quilted silk pieces down. Then, I will add some interesting stitching to the rest of the piece. I am thinking of adding a bit of rust to this in some way.

Then we were introduced to stitching on water color paper. The trick here is to pre-punch your stitching holes with a needle or awl. For my piece, I stained the water color paper with acrylic ink and got some interesting effects by blow drying it. Click on any photo to see it larger.

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I am in the process of stitching with variegated thread, following the design created by the ink.

On the last day, I had an idea that I just had to work on using some of the materials that I brought.

First, I painted the canvas with indigo Dynaflow paint. I forgot to get a photo before I started stitching, but you can get an idea from this photo.

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I had some indigo fabric with clamped circles. I cut out three circles for the composition. I also had a dark blue shibori organza which has black lines in it. And I also had a piece of Rymplecoth that my friend, Maris, gave me. It is more loosely woven than cheesecloth and is used for cleaning and polishing. She uses it in her felting. I dyed it a dark black. It takes the dye really well.

I used strips of the organza as I wanted some of the painted canvas to show to give a better value change. I ripped some holes in the Rymplecloth so that the organza can poke through.

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The top circle is on top of the organza and is couched down and stitched with silver metallic thread.

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The other circles are under organza and stitched with the silver thread. I have started doing some stitching on the organza and canvas and then I will tack the Rymple cloth down.

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Here is the final layout which looks a bit messy, but I think I know where I am going.

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I was feeling a bit overwhelmed earlier this week and wishing my recovery was moving faster. Yesterday, I had Mr C  help me get my sewing machine table back where I use it and pulled the Janome up out of hiding. It made me so happy, I almost danced. I think it is a symbol for the life I want to live and now, I am feeling so much better and have been doing better. I think I turned a corner.

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All I did was shorten some clothes, but it felt good. My knee didn’t like the knee lift, but that will get better.

 

Urban Surfaces – The Printed Fabric Bee

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

 

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This is a detail shot of the printing I did for The Printed Fabric Bee. Leslie Jenison chose urban surfaces as her theme. In my last post, I told you that I started with a cotton scarf on which the dye job was pretty sad.

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I painted it with diluted DynaFlow paint to dirty it up and gray the colors.

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Then, I went at it with construction fence under a silkscreen and black paint.

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I went home and let it dry over night. The next day, I used a white beeswax crayon and a rubbing plate to make marks on the piece.

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Next, I went at it with a syringe and lime green paint to make graffiti like marks. I was quite worried when I left it because the paint was a lot puffier than I had planned, but when I came back the next day, it was dry and flat.

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Leslie asked for a 6″ x 18″ piece. I had enough for two. So, it was easy to get a nice 6″ piece for the giveaway.

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Click on the collage to go to our FaceBook page to leave a comment and go to The Printed Fabric Bee Blog to leave a comment for a chance to win the fabric collection.

 

 

Fabric Printing Day Two

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

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Whew, I am exhausted from my week of hosting Rayna and the two days of workshop. I totally crashed last night – I might as well have been in a coma. I took Rayna to the airport this morning and then we went to the farmer’s market. I spent the afternoon dozing and working on SDA membership stuff.

I came away from the workshop with a few pretty good pieces. The piece up at the top was transformed from this. It was first printed with newspaper resist on a screen. Then I added yellow orange circles and some black marks made with a mesh type of ribbon. Finally, I used a syringe to add the squiggly lines.

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Here is a detail:

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This was another silk scarf that had some very pale marks when I used an anemic black dye for printing. I used the newspaper resist screen and olive green ink followed by purple lines using one of my favorite Stencil Girl stencils.

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This piece was started with newspaper resist and then I used the school glue screen with mix of orange and yellow. The screen was starting to break down and I love how it turned out.

 

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Here is a detail:

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This next piece started as a piece of muslin that I was using for test prints.

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I kept printing on it and then painted the whole thing with Dynaflow chartreuse paint.

The next piece was something I  had in my stash. You can see the bottom section. I am not sure what I did to get those circles and marks. I printed over it with the glue resist screen of circles using purple paint. Not excited about it, but who knows what use I might find for it.

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Lastly, here is my printing surface after a lot of printing. I always love how the printing surface is so spontaneous looking.

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All in all, it was a great week. I am not looking forward to Monday. I am having 4 hours of dental work as they remove the disintegrating bridge from my upper right side. I will get a temporary put in and hope I don’t have to wait to long for the final fix.

Rayna is Here and 50th Wrap-UP

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

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Rayna Gillman, long time internet friend, is here in Portland. She lectured at our guild meeting Wednesday and is teaching screen printing techniques today and tomorrow. She arrived on Monday night and so we had a fun day on Tuesday taking the street car downtown to shop and have lunch.

I was hoping that her workshop would get me back in the creative mood and it is working. That piece up there has a background done with torn masking tape and then construction fence resist over that. The yellow background is a hand dye. I am planning to do a black print on top of this, not sure what, yet.

This piece is the start of something. I used a newspaper resist to print these lines on a pale olive cotton.

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I took some unsuccessful silk scarves that I hope to rescue. Here is the first one.

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I used a turquoise printing ink and a squishy whisk. I think it has been transformed.

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I prepared a screen with a washable school glue resist for using tomorrow.

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There are 22 people in the worship and they are all doing some fantastic work. I will try to get some photos tomorrow.

On Sunday, we celebrated our 50th anniversary at Trinity. Our friend, Heidi Rose, made 300 macarons and created a tower for the coffee hour after church.

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She put two of each flavor in a box for us to take home.

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Today, Lisa sent me photos that were taken at our celebration in California. You have to love this one of little Miss Paige photo-bombing the family.

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Lisa selected two photos of the whole family:

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I really love this one of Mr C and I.

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So that is a little bit of what has been happening in my life. It has been especially fun to hang out with Rayna. Tonight we went out for sushi and ice cream.

Keeping Busy!

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

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This is my larger than life Picasso woman. The original file was rasterized and printed on 20 sheets of legal size paper. She is going to be one of my entries for the What’s Blue to You show. I originally created her as an etching when I lived in North Carolina, where I took a print making class.

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I eventually made her in fabric.

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I made a modern day version of her, as me.

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So, now, I plan to turn her into blue Picasso woman, larger than life. I wanted to use a pale shade of blue for her face and neck and didn’t have a large enough piece so I quickly dyed some.

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I was going to go out and buy batiks for the hair, but on second thought, I felt that I should print some fabric – some dark blue with orange red highlights. I used russet metallic paint.

 

I used my wavy wood block.

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And sequin waste.

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And a Stencil girl stencil.

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I created patterns using freezer paper by tracing from the large print out. It will be relatively easy to do the eyes nose and mouth. My next decision is what to use for the background. I think I want to bring in some other colors for fun – maybe a Picassoish cubist background!!

I am having fun and learning how to work in my smaller space. I can not leave things out. Every thing has to be put away when I am done and moving to the next phase. When I took Judy Robinson’s class last month, I found a new clean up tool to have in the studio. Baby wipes, if used soon, will clean up dye and acrylic paint from your skin.

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Last night, Mr C and I took the street car over the river to the venue for the High Fiber Diet show, Simply Red, which is at the Architectural Heritage Center. Here are a couple of scenes from the exhibit and reception.

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You can see my moonstruck piece in this shot.

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I have been doing lots of walking – yesterday, I walked to my studio and back home. I did over 8000 steps before lunch! In the afternoon, I got some training on the SDA website. I am going to start helping with membership stuff. It will add a few hours to my work load with them, but I think it is manageable.

That is all for now. Enjoy your weekend.