Archive for January, 2010

Koi Series

January 17, 2010

Koi Series

Been playing with various ways to paint fabric and made a little series on Koi. The three pieces are painted using different methods. The left one is using Dye-Na-Flow, centre with Inktense pencils and on the right is with Permaset fabric paints. Also played around with different stitch patterns over the painting.

Koi (detail of centre panel)

The pieces are A4 size and so were easy to manage under the sewing machine. The Koi fish are made from paperclay and painted too. Thread used was a varigated cotton as I like the way it stitches. In all very cool feeling as its so hot here at the moment!

Happy New Year!

January 12, 2010

How’s those resolutions going? Mine was  – no workshops! That’s right, no teaching workshops, no taking workshops. 12 days into the year I’m doing OK. We’ll see how long that one lasts as the temptation of a new technique or just a day playing can sometimes be too great.

Its January so its play time starting with this piece I put together from the scrap container on my sewing table.

"Unexpected Rhythm"

Paperclay, metal, fabric of all kinds (commercial, hand painted, lutradur) and paper. Its about A4ish in size and backed on peltex which is a fantastic firm surface to work on. Bit of fabric collage to help we get going again. I find its always hard restarting the creative engines from stone cold. And that’s how mine have ended up after doing very little the past couple of months. So no judgements, no fancy plans, I’m just getting on with the “doing” part. The advantage with using all the accumulated scraps is that I’m not going off and buying yet another lot of fabric to do stuff and I’m not that hung up about the end product. Its purely an “engine starter” piece!

What’s an engine starter piece? Its one where you only use the materials at hand, you don’t spend more then 1-2 minutes thining about where pieces will go and you get on and stitch it! Its no competition piece, no show and tell and if you really want it can go in the bin at the end. Its the process that the important part not the end product. Onto the next one… I think I’ll go warm colours.