FIBER ART CONNECTION-Learn with Eight Artists in One Session-Win a Prize!

We at FAC are SO excited to present the first session! Begins March 15th….

We have set up a blog hop to get things rolling…read how to be the winner:

Enter to win a fantastic basket of art supplies! It is easy..

Here’s how… Go to Desiree Habicht’s blog first..then proceed to the next blog tomorrow and so on until you have visited all eight blogs. Yes…the more times you comment…the more chances for you to win!

IMPORTANT: LEAVE A COMMENT TO ENTER THE DRAWING! 

There are EIGHT artists presenting a week long course during a three month session. Each artist is unique and worth a visit. You will learn a lot just doing this!

Pay attention to the rules so you will have the most chances to win! The lucky person will be chosen on March 15th.

Be sure to do the blog hop, write your comments to be eligible to win BEFORE March 15th!!

Read about the FIBER ART CONNECTION presentation. A fantastic three month session that is about to start March 15th.

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Enter: Win the BIG basket of goodies by any of these steps:

1. Leaving a comment on the blogs

2. Sign up for the session

3. Comment on a Face Book post about this event.

4. Re post/share on face book

 

Read all of the details on the blogs.

You can sign up for the first FAC session NOW….HERE. 

Visit each blog post on the specific date as listed below.

If you miss one…not to worry! Just visit them all ON or AFTER the date given. Be sure to leave a comment on the blog.

Blog Hop List and Blog Post Date

3/1     Desiree Habicht

3/2    Candy Glendening

3/3     Liz Kettle

3/4     Roxane Lessa

3/7     Ruth Chandler

3/8     Cecile Whatman

3/9     Deborah Babin

3/10   Rayna Gillman

Fiber Art Connection-A Brand New Learning Venue

Fiber Art Connection is a brand new learning venue.

This venue will offer a three month session with eight different fiber artists…and I am one of them! I am delighted to be involved with this venture.

The inspirational art I will present features hand stitching including the simply beautiful running stitch. In fact, the banner for this blog is a close up of an area from this exact art piece. Wow!

Week 8- Join Fiber artist, Deborah Babin as she leads you into the world of layered painted fabrics and paper in her class: Zen Wreath-Mixed Media. Learn how to paint interfacing, silk organza and even tissue paper to create mysterious layers that produce spectacular results. Color washes and Deborah’s layering techniques will help you bring new depth and dimension into your own art quilts. The dynamics of the floral wreath mixed media quilt will be your inspiration. Mini projects fill the week and to prepare you to create your version or utilize the patterns provided; make it your own!

The basis for my art-

My inspiration is rooted in the history of cloth; clothing and textiles that have been in our lives from the beginning of time. The various materials made available to civilizations through technologies that evolved permeate our lives. The social significance’s pertaining to cloth and cultures surround us.  I have chosen to honor this history, primarily derived from the history of quilt making.

I believe that: Making art by hand combining applications of paint and stitching on textiles as well as paper invites us to embrace and see textiles as an art form.

Read about all of the artists HERE

WEEK 8-May 3rd.

 

ZEN WREATH

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Zen Wreath 18×18″ double click for a larger image

This composition marks the beginning of my ZEN CLOTH BLOG. This piece conceptualized my experience with the ZEN of hand stitching.  I am delighted to tell you about this here and now have the opportunity to teach the techniques I used to make it.  This piece was made quite a few years ago…probably in 2009. And yet…the techniques are as fresh as they were then….as, I still use them and love them.

The simplicity….that is where the beauty lies. The simplicity of the design, the stitching and the serenity of the over all effect.

Someone recently told me that my work was calming. What a compliment!

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Please take a moment and check out the FAC website. I think you will be quite amazed to see the talent that is lined up.

Let me know if you have any questions.

The Wrap

I have been following jude hilltextile artist Jude Hill for quite a few years now. She remains a dominant influence for me. Actually, I started this blog when I discovered her. I was going through a challenging time and I had to find a way to calm myself. I decided to sit myself down and hand stitch as a purposeful activity to relax my mind…to create calmness; and it worked.

She has videos on you tube that are wonderful. She often records herself talking about something important. Her writing reflects her thinking which to me is equivalent to beautiful poetry. Her writings are thought provoking.

Check out what she has going on at www.spiritcloth.com

 

The Zen of Eco Dying

For about a year I have been attempting to learn how to eco dye, eco print. It is a completely different world of wonder. I am not a planner, note keeper or otherwise. I like to play and experiment as I have no interest in repetition. Eco dying is perfect for me because, it is unpredictable. There are zillions of plants to try out. There are multiple combinations. It is too much effort for me to attempt to sort this out; thus, I am content to play.

My first attempts this winter were surprisingly good and easy; two good components.

I follow several people on Facebook that are eco dying and I belong to two Facebook Groups: Nature Artists and Printing Nature. The members are kind and very willing to answer questions. One of my favorites Facebook friends and eco dyer is: Kim Cowley (UK). She has a Facebook page as well: Kitchen Witch. She shares her results here.

I like to see the results people get; however, what I don’t see (much of) is the making of art or other beautiful things with it. A few people eco dye garments, some make books…which I love. These can be found in ETSY shops. Recently I saw photos from fashion shows with eco dyed garments….its catching on.

eco dying set up 1 eco dying set up 2Last month II decided to make a second attempt at eco dying. I was delighted to have good results again.

I have a perfect spot to do this. I set up tables and my equipment on a porch that opens from my laundry room to the outside (in the shade) complete with a clothes line.

Not every piece was good but I have enough to be happy with. The ordinary results have a place too….they are neutral more like solids and can be incorporated. The (few) true duds I pitch in the trash.

I have studied the fabrics from both sessions and have successfully combined some as compositions. I think the effects (alone) are art….simply art. Nothing needs to be added. Yet, I am compelled to add my personal touch with stitch (of course).

This piece is complete as a whole cloth, size 6″w x 11″ h. From the start I began stitching cautiously….because, I did not know at first what kind of stitches would look best or how much to do. I do not want to overwork a piece; this kills the natural energy in my opinion. So, ever so slowly I added stitching all the while considering the overall finished piece. As I worked at this (exaggerated slow) pace I realized that this is how I discover the paths to follow…which stitch, what color thread, placement etc. It is a conversation; I listen…responding respectfully. The evolution is like a (unspoken) conversation. Touching the surface with my hands and eyes simultaneously; feeling the qualities. This is ZEN…when I am quietly and patiently listening and responding; listening to the quiet. I found myself on the edge of the cliff several times contemplating about overworking.  These eco dyed fabrics call to me in a much more intimate manner. The qualities are genuine and pure which sets a totally different environment.

(I think) this piece is done….I may add a few French knots.

There is an imprint of a rusty key at the top horizontally. It is vague and is not defined enough yet….thus, I have to think of a stitch that will emphasize it just enough. Then there is the texture that develops between the stitches…is this distracting? Hopefully it is not.

 

The fabric is (new) white silk habotai, very light weight.  The silk was soaked in vinegar/water (1-1) overnight and  bundled with plant matter and a very old rusty key. The bundle was steamed for one hour and then left to cool for another hour.eco whole cloth stitched full 1024

Moving onto some other eco dyed fabrics for more studying has lead to two more compositions which I am very happy with. It took a few hours trying various combinations, positions and scrutinizing; it was worth the effort.

The fabrics are from very old silk kimono which took the colors in a beautifully earthy way….the textures are rich and interesting, more than the silk habotai.

The second composition has two sections and is naturally contemporary which I think is a rather unique quality, 8″w x 13″h.

eco 2 300I love the simplicity. I will definitely converse quietly and sensitively with this one. I have begun to stitch already and I can see the fabric is firmer the stitches are sitting on top rather than biting deeper as in the pervious piece. Now I’m thinking about stitching minimally and utilize invisible stitches to secure the fabric over all.

The color of the thread is vitally important. I use mostly solid 6 strand embroidery floss; however I have some that is single strand hand dyed variegated colors that is especially beautiful to use on this one.

eco 1 300The third composition has three sections overlapped, 12″ w x 15″h. I like the natural effect of the torn edges instead of piecing; this is a subtle and natural divide. I use a slender strip of fusible web to adhere the layers, leaving the fine loose threads along the torn edge.

I don’t mind (small) holes that sometimes occur during eco dying.

The primary texture/design that I like the most from eco dying is the defined marks from the binding; either string or rubber bands. These are most interesting and somewhat graphic. The marks are less defined on the first silk piece because the silk is so fine.

So, how is all of this related to ZEN? The pace…slow, deliberate, quiet. Listening, feeling and embracing.

I would like to hear your comments. Do you like these effects and results?

Hand Sewing Lace-Juarez Mexico

I came across a very unique form of hand sewn lace as done in Juarez Mexico on Facebook by Museo Textil de Oaxaca Art Gallery and Art Museum. This is an excellent facebook page on the topic of embroidery and various hand sewing methods that are representative of that area of Mexico.

Check it out here

The Randa of needle, a variant of lace that requires a lot of precision and patience in the manipulation of the thread and the needle.

There are numerous videos on related sewing methods and traditions. Very interesting!

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