Saturday, February 25, 2012

Printing and Stitching


Lots of things on my plate right now so I'm still a ways out from having any real blocks of extended time to devote to artistic pursuits.  But I am managing to find an hour here or there to devote to experimenting with small printed or painted samplers on fabrics that I've made over the last couple of years.

The above pieces include a screen print on twill (on the left), and relief prints done on upcycled linen with a found object and a vintage wood block from India. I painted the red, silk-covered, found button and placed it on the screen print to cover a printing blooper. (ha!)   The fading on that piece occurred during the machine washing, even though I had heat-set the piece with a hot iron.   Unfortunately, I did a series of this print during the last half-hour of a studio session late at night at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC).  I realized after I finished printing that there was a good chance that I had not used the right type of ink.  But actually, I do not mind the mottled effect at all. :)  I added machine-stitching to both of the above pieces.

By the way, something seems to be amiss with the OCAC website.  I hope you will be able to view it because the college's programs and facility are wonderful!

It's been a very busy week and I have thoroughly enjoyed my slow start to the weekend, although a significant amount of work lies ahead.  Hope your weekend is going well. . .

Cheers. . . and thanks for visiting!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Limping Along in Bloggerland


Hi there.  Is anyone else limping around in Bloggerland due to the gwt.xmlmodule snafu? (Whatever in the world that is. . .)  More importantly, does anyone know how to fix it?  So far, I'm striking out. . . . My entire dashboard is invisible to me and I consider myself quite lucky to have figured out how to do this minimalistic post. [Update:  I think I fixed it!  When I use Firefox for my brouser, I can see everything!]

Right now, I have fabric scraps on my work table.  Lots of them.  But last night I perused several old sketchbooks and I believe I've settled on a couple of ideas for paintings.  I look forward to beginning.  But first, I have to get my ideas for these fabric scraps out of my system. . . .

I've been hearing birdsong in the early morning hours.  Nothing like what I remember hearing while I was growing up here.  Only a few birds singing.  Still, it is beautiful . . . a lovely harbinger of spring.

Have a wonderful week!