Monday, July 28, 2014
Dorothy Caldwell is known as a superb handstitcher, so naturally we did sewing in her workshops. Her favorite stitch is the kantha, aka running stitch, which can be urged into a surprising variety of patterns and rhythms.
Here are the two pieces that I started in the workshop and am still working on.
Three years ago I worked on a collaborative project with my friend Terry Jarrard-Dimond, who had been introduced to blind stitching in a Dorothy Caldwell workshop and loved it. We each did twelve hours of blind stitching, in the course of which we got to be pretty good at it.
The white stitching was blind; the blue was added later with eyes open.
The blue details below are more traditional kantha stitches, which I also found comfortable because I had worked with the technique extensively during my year of daily hand-stitching.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
Back to unfinished business, showing you what I made in the Dorothy Caldwell workshops last month.
We experimented with many ways to make marks in addition to the obvious use of ink (or paint) with a pen or brush. Perhaps the most fun was the day we got to burn holes in things -- outdoors, with a big pail of water handy for those awkward moments when things got out of hand.
First we played with a candle, holding the paper carefully above the flame so the soot would waft up and coat the paper. After the paper got a good layer of soot, you could draw into it with the end of your brush. We had to use spray fixative to keep the soot from smudging.
On vellum, we noticed that white blisters surrounded some of the holes, and upon experimentation found that you could barely touch the incense stick to the vellum and get a trail of blisters with no holes.
Update: I'm linking this to Nina-Marie's blog, where each week you can check out what other fiber artists have been up to.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
In 2011 I wrote about a vacation with a five-year-old, how he was curious about my daily art project for that year and decided to adopt it for his own during our week at the beach. Earlier this month I had the pleasure of spending time with him again -- now he's nine -- and again he was curious about my daily art project. After watching me do my collage he wanted to do his own.
We both worked on the same "assignment" -- make a face by putting together parts from other images. I was impressed that he was literally thinking outside the box, allowing the hair and beard to extend off the page.
a cow on the sofa, and his first one was also a living-room scene, but he quickly moved on to soccer, in the exciting final days of the World Cup.