Encaustic/Fiber Day Two

August 5th, 2015

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We started today by putting yesterdays pieces on the table and critiquing them for composition. She then showed us how adding elements can enhance or improve a composition. She thought the black lines on my piece were two big and that I should scrape them down. I collaged in piece of a net onion bag and some horsehair lines. I just love the look of the lines made by the horse hair. Almost everyone in the class loves this piece, but me not so much. I really like a simpler more serene composition. I think changing the orientation to the top one, helps.

Next on the agenda was learning to wrap a board with fabric. I had a nice piece of funky dyed silk that I think Kristin La Flamme might have given me. To wrap the fabric, you put a very light layer of wax on the board and then press the fabric on the board and smooth it and iron it with a Clover mini-iron to adhere it to the wax.

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Then, the board edges and back are carefully waxed and the fabric is wrapped and the corners are trimmed and ironed down.

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Next, we used a soldering iron like tool to burn marks into the top.

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Here is this piece with more wax and some horsehair spirals. The wax was not completely dry so it is still opaque in areas.

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Here is a board wrapped with the rusted cheesecloth fabric with marks burned into the surface.

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I then covered it with wax and added some pigmented wax and some perle cotton. The wax was not dry on this when I left.

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I am enjoying the class so much. I got to have a session with Lorriane and she looked at the encaustic I have done and my art quilt portfolio. She saw a definite relationship with how I approach art quilt composition and my encaustic compositions. That felt good.

This and That

August 4th, 2015

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I promised an update on what has been going on in my life. First of all, lots of good things. Mr C and I got to take a preview ride on the new Orange light rail line that crosses the Willamette on a brand new bridge and goes out through our old neighborhood. We watched it all being built for the last few years. So that was fun.

My art quilt daughter, Kristin La Flamme and her family, have made the move to Portland. I am so excited to have them here. There worldly goods are not arriving until the end of this week and so I had them over for dinner in our air conditioned condo on a 100° plus day. The highlight was the homemade peach ice cream that I made.

We also had a double date with Lisa and Clay and saw the very funny Amy Schumer movie, Train Wreck.

Icing on the cake was a visit with my long time interwebs friend, Mary Manahan from Philadelphia, whose daughter is starting law school at Lewis and Clark.

My disappointment last week was not getting into the High Fiber Diet Making Our Mark show. It is the first time I have not had a piece in the annual show. Such a bummer. I was really despondent and had a crisis of confidence regarding my work. Here are thumbnails of the the two entries:

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I will be interested to see the pieces that did make it in. Some were given alternate status, meaning they would get an airing when the venue was large enough. I’m sure glad I am not an alternate – that would tie up two pieces for over a year with no guarantee of being in an exhibit.

I did, get great news a couple of days ago. Ode to a Tree made it into the Oregon SAQA show and if I had a choice of shows to be in, it would be this one. They have quite a few venues lined up already. Here is a thumbnail of Ode to a Tree:

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There was one other fail which I can’t discuss at this point. I might show the piece at some point.

The piece up at the top is almost finished for my July master class – late because I had a heck of a busy end of July. The theme was rhythm. I have to finish quilting it when I get home. I really like it

I am currently on the coast in Lincoln City in a cabin with Mr C and Scooter. We arrived last night.We are staying in a cabin at this funky motel on a cliff looking out over the Pacific Ocean.

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We awoke to a beautiful sunny morning.

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Today was day one of a mixed media/encaustic/fiber workshop with Lorraine Glessner at the Sitka Art and Ecology Center. It was awesome. I felt so refreshed and relaxed and happy when I came back to the cabin tonight.

Here is Lorraine getting ready to lecture.

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Our first task was to learn about how she rusts fabric and do some of our own. Here is a sample of her rusted silk.

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Here is my salt water soaked fabric with rusty bits doing their thing. I have a piece of dyed cheese cloth that and a couple of pieces of cotton.

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Here are some of the goodies that we are working with.

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We started out just learning how to use the wax and to scrape it to expose layers. She made us get up and move to another persons piece and add a mark and some wax and we kept moving around the room. It was very liberating to leave our precious piece to others and to them work on someone else’s piece. I really liked what had happened to mine when I came back to it.

Here it is:

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Here is how I left it tonight: (iPhone photo is a quite blurry, but I really love it.)

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So, there we go. I have such a great life. I have to move on and not let one disappointment take me down.

Just took this at the end of our street.

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Printed Fabric Bee August 2015

August 3rd, 2015

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I am sorry for my absence, but I had a bit of a melt down last week, and I have had a lot of other stuff on my plate. More about that later.

On to this month’s printing for Jane Davila whose theme was insects.

I was inspired by this photo I found on the internet when I was surfing for ideas. A hot pink dragonfly? Loved it.

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I made a dragonfly thermofax screen and headed to the studio. I found the perfect hand-dyed green background fabric and an old leaf screen.

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I printed the dragonflies in hot pink.

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Jane had asked for a touch of black so I added a black head and little dots on the bodies of my dragonflies.

Here is the collection so far:

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For a chance to win this collection, leave a comment on Jane’s Blog or the Printed Fabric Bee Blog. She will select the winner on August 15th.

You can see what other members did on their blogs.

 

Wordless Wednesday

July 29th, 2015

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Some Time Out

July 23rd, 2015

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After getting 3 quilts done and photographed, sewing facings, making labels and travel bags, I had to take some time to breath.  Here is the travel bag that I made for the finished Glacier National Park piece which is 24 inches square. It would not roll easily so this is a great way to send out into the world. The plastic sleeve has a photo and identification information.

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Yesterday, I cleaned up the sewing room which was a bit of a disaster. Lisa and Clay called and wanted to come and hang out and have dinner with us. I love to have them stop by.

Today, I headed to the studio to get some work done. I got the July Printed Fabric Piece done – the theme is insects. I will post photos at the end of the month.

I am behind on my Master Class homework for this month. The theme is rhythm. I need to do a little work on my sketch. I want to do some layering with silk organza and silk charmeuse so I painted some organza to use. Here it is still wet.

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It has been nice to have a few days without looming deadlines.