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In a Purple Haze


I did it. I finally made it into the studio and took the rotary cutter to some fabric. I looked at the original piece of shibori fabric and suddenly saw a murky forest of trees and vines. I need to do a 12 inch square piece for the SAQA auction and got inspired to cut this up and assemble an abstract landscape.  The piece of fabric was not large enough so I had to add some other fabric for a forest floor and sky. Here is the original fabric. I had not looked at it from the other orientation!


I seem to be getting some focus back. I am generally more tired than I like to be, but it is peak allergy season for me. I managed to do a deep cleaning of the fridge and filled it up with goodies from the local farmer’s market.

I forgot to show you one of my new acquisitions. I am a big fan of Karen Miller’s Katazome work. She cuts the most gorgeous stencils. I saw an oak tree at her show in Philomath, but it was not for sale. She had another which I acquired. I need to decide whether I want to stretch it or hang it loosely. Here it is:


And so my purple haze seems to be lifting or at least transferred.

16 Responses to “In a Purple Haze”

  1. tallgirl says:

    i’m groovin’ on the purple haze, (wo)man!

  2. rayna says:

    Shibori is so hard to use and you’ve done it so well.

  3. Lori Gravley says:

    It’s beautiful!! I love that you had the courage to cut up your beautiful shibori. It takes a lot of crossing fingers and saying prayers when I cut into one of my own hand dyed fabrics. Beautiful.

  4. jenclair says:

    Oooh, it looks like an illustration from a fairy tale book, a forest in the misty moonlight!

  5. Connie Rose says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, Gerrie!

  6. Karen Rips says:

    Very beautiful, I may be in a bidding war with Kristin.

  7. Kay Sorensen says:

    GREAT new piece Gerrie.

  8. Diane D. says:

    Gerrie, I LOVE this new piece – good work!

  9. Sue Reno says:

    I like what you’ve done here a LOT, Gerrie, just brilliant! And having seen Karen’s work in Philomath, I know how beautiful your new acquisition is.

  10. Karoda says:

    Karen’s peice is enthralling Gerrie! A meditative quality to it!

  11. Jen Anderson says:

    Beautiful! I love this piece. Jen

  12. Terri says:

    Purple Haze is awesome! I don’t know that I would have seen trees and forest from that either. Good thing you flipped the fabric around.

  13. Natalya says:

    oh, love the purple haze forest!

  14. francoise says:

    Beautiful piece Gerrie!

  15. Brenda says:

    Originally a case of not seeing the trees for the haze? It’s beautiful Gerrie!

  16. Kristin L says:

    Ooooh, I really like that! It’s a lot like your indigo aspens, but not. Hmm. Now I’m going to have to pay special attention to the auction! Your Karen Miller piece is beautiful too.