Sunday, July 31, 2016

Week 30, Late

My entry this week is quite late because I've had an infection in my right arm, keeping me away from the studio for way too long!  I finally had the dexterity to make this piece, again in black and white.  I used strips of black on white which morphed into greys and then into black, with a strip of red in the middle.  The only stitching I've done is on the outer edge, to hold the piece together. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Week 29

This weeks piece is a total experiment, and I'm not sure if it really worked.  I took a piece of black fabric as the background, then tore up a dryer sheet which had been painted with silver Lumiere paint.  On top of that I added a glittery mesh.  I didn't like the mesh all over the dryer sheet, so I took the piece to my sewing machine and sewed around each silver piece.  Then I took my small scissors and cut the mesh out of the areas where the dryer sheet is. 

I like that the dryer sheet has organic looking edges, but I'm still not sure I am pleased with the end result.  Well, it was an experiment, and sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it doesn't!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Week 28, late

I am posting late for my week 28 entry, too much going on plus I've been dealing with a bad infection.  So much for that.  My entry this week is another weaving, this time with black fabric and some of my rusted fabric.  I love rust with black, can you tell?  In any case, it is done and now it is posted!  YEA!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Week 27

I'm trying a new technique I learned from an online workshop by Rayna Gillman, on strip piecing.  Now, I know how to do strip piecing, but her finished works are a bit more intuitive than the way I have worked in the past.  I like her idea of therapy sewing; just sewing 2 strips of fabric together with no real plan; then when you have a bunch made, you can try to assemble them together.  If I can stay focused enough, perhaps I can make a full art quilt using her technique, and maybe this is the beginning, who knows? 

I used a couple of commercial fabrics with some of my rusted fabrics and a discharged shibori orange piece I had.  After I had put it together, I found another fabric that would have made the piece sing, but I had already made a 7 inch piece, and didn't feel like tearing anything out!  Such is life, eh?