…struck this week! For the first time in a long time I feel I utilized my limited time in the studio to take full advantage of that creative vibe I have not been able to fully embrace in many months. The week started out with some reminders to submit photos for a book our photo club is producing. That out of the way another call for entry into a regional photo competition demanded additional time on the computer to process a few images to the point that I was satisfied and get them printed professionally. Once the computer was put back to sleep I looked around the studio with the intent to tidy up…
…and instead a spotted a few small pieces of fabric. The urge to dye hit me like lighting… but it is still winter outside (no matter how blue the sky might look). Snow or ice dyeing does not appeal to me as it involved handling cold substances. Having suffered minor frost bite a few times over my lifetime I can’t tolerate the cold well. Another reason I don’t like to dye in the winter as it requires a lot of rinsing, and since we are on a cistern system (we truck in water at the cost of about $ 1.50/gal.) it always ends up being quite costly. In the summer I can draw water directly from the lake, I then use the rinse water for watering trees and bushes around the property.
The second best choice when it comes to adding color to white fabric is to reach for paints. I wet some silk and cotton fabric pieces, mixed textile medium with acrylic paints and inks and started to drip paint on the damp fabrics. A few dabs and pushes with the brush, folding the fabric to create mirror imagery and placing a damp piece of fabric on an already paint saturated piece, pressing it down and letting the dye penetrate the white layer made time fly in a hurry.
Like so many times over the past year I fully expected to loose interest once the fabric was dry and that initial urge to create waned. Saturday started out looking after some more administrative stuff in the office… but soon I was drawn in by the dry fabric. Immediate I picked up a piece and remembered a call to participate in a Saskatchewan Fibre Event later this summer. Jaynie Himsl is organizing a Fibre Festival in Weyburn, SK. Here is the call for entry for Join the Thread for those living in Saskatchewan and interested in participating.
I drew, I fused, I hand-embellished and I machine embellished… and at the end of yesterday I was happily sewing on the hanging sleeve. I was so happy in fact that I am sending this 12″ x 12″ piece to Jaynie.
I have several similar pieces that will make for “take-along-work” while traveling. I also have a large piece of painted cotton drying on my studio floor right now. Visitors are not permitted when I have spread out all over the floor and table spaces… Sometimes I wish I had the ability to grow wings to help me get from area of my studio to the other.
Back to work, or better – back to playing with paints and threads. Have a great Sunday!