Saturday, August 7, 2010

Fabrics "Fotos" and Flickers

Block prints on cotton

Screen print on repurposed fabric; acrylic painting in background;
vessel made by anonymous high schooler; tomatillo on glass trivet

 Screen print on polyester chiffon;
 draped over chairback in front of window (photo rotated)

 Inked printing block from India

Hand printed repurposed fabrics

  Acrylic on paper (cropped)

Hope you're having a great weekend.  I'm trying to find my way back to my paintbrushes.  In the meantime, I pulled lots of pieces of printed fabric out of storage and scattered them about on tables and chairs.  Of course, that created visual chaos.  So I immediately began editing them back out of sight, save for a few of which I might actually attempt to sew into something!!!  While "editing" I took these photos.  Taking photos--and especially "curating" them-- is a great way to train the eye.

This afternoon, I spent awhile reading Cathy Cullis' "Dye Studio" tutorials on her blog.  Her process for dying small pieces of fabric with plants is very similar to making sun tea.  It's all so low-tech and so "Slow-Cloth-like" that it makes me want to order some mordant this minute and get started.  See Cathy's lovely blueberry and onion skin fabrics and her gorgeous hand- and machine-stitched beauties here.  Find out about the Slow Cloth movement here.

A serendipity of sitting at my computer while creating this post was the huge male Flicker that climbed the tree trunk 10 feet beyond my window.  His coloring was as vibrant as the browns and pink/reds in my painting, above.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Sophie Munns said...

Interesting to see parts of the process here Gloria...
Sometimes its so good to pull things out and re-explore them... look at all the possibilities... love the view out into your garden!
have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos Gloria! You do such a good job with that. You must be patient? Great yard! Great light!

Can't wait to see what the fabric becomes.


Non-Indigenous Woman said...

What a beautiful environment for your tactile art.

betsy best-spadaro said...

Lovely, lovely! especially like the chiffon!

Kate said...

hi gloria! i just stumbled upon your sweet sweet blog via my best friend lily's blog (bigbang) and it's lovely! i look forward to following your adventures in the future! xo, kate

ELFI said...

très belles réalisations..
j'utilise aussi de la cire tiède sur papier..

em said...

beautiful things. i thought of you when i went to the metropolitan museum of art a few weeks back, and how much you would enjoy photographing there...

Gloria Freshley said...

Thanks to all of you for your comments and kind words. Em, I've never been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art but I'm sure I would love it! (Never been to the East coast at all!)

Anonymous said...

Good evening

Thanks for writing this blog, loved reading it

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Anonymous, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Glad you enjoyed your time here.