Wednesday, March 28, 2012

working in the studio

I'm getting all my surface design stuff done at the League Studios this week. I have been experimenting with all kinds of things.  This image is spray inks on a number stencil with a top layer of mono-printing. It's yellow on yellow.

I hope to have an array of new work this year.  I'm just getting warmed up!

"The minute one utters a certainty, the opposite comes to mind." ~ May Sarton

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Mono printed T shirt

This is a combination Mono-print with fusible web cutout spirals and dots.

I'm experimenting with T-shirt design. I'm pretty happy with this one!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Spring!

"If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you cannot help but learn." ~ Bernie S. Siegel

Monday, March 19, 2012

The simplicity of line

I tend to go "crazy/busy" in my mono-prints.  I like the layered, frenetic look of it all.  But then, on top, I like a simple dark brush stroke, or a bobbin drawn linear circle made with thick metallic thread.

These pictures are of my garden outside my window after the last snowstorm we had.

I am very inspired by nature, shadows and how they interplay.

“Where there is much light, the shadow is deep” ~ Goethe

Friday, March 16, 2012

Studio Stuff

These pictures depict the raw material, straight from the studio. This is the inspiration that sets the art quilting wheels in motion. I had these on my clothes line to look at and I added more mono-printed elements until I was happy with them.

Now, the top two are ready to become full blown quilts. The bottom image is on a pair of sweat pants that will be sewn and manipulated for my summer camp class, "Designer's club",  A wearable art camp I am teaching at the Hanover League this summer.

White sweatpants sprayed with yellow ink

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Creating with the camera!

This image is of mono-printed sheer panels attached to a window. The shadow is created by a parking garage. Look close, you can see the cars and shadows. I wish this were permanent. I may need to print this on fabric!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Working in the League Studio

My doll class went really well.  Now, I get to use the space for creating my own stuff.  I rummaged through my studio and brought out some old pieces that I want to move forward with.  This is a T- shirt I did shibori "rock tying" on. I went into it with a micron pen to add fine lines.
Today, I will embellish it more and work on several other cool things.

There is nothing better than working in a large studio with full windows on a bright and sunny day.
I'll crank up the tunes and dive into my artistic reverie.  Sometimes, I hope I never resurface!
‘You create your own universe as you go along. The stronger your imagination, the more variegated your universe. When you leave off dreaming, the universe ceases to exist.’ ~ Winston Churchill

Friday, March 9, 2012

New Stuff to work with.

 It's playtime!  And I just acquired a few new things to enjoy.
Yesterday,  my friend Rose and I went to Manchester, NH shopping.  We stopped at the Fabric Fix, Martin's House of Cloth and A.C. Moore.

The polymer clay buttons were from Fabric Fix.
The doo dads below were from A.C. Moore.
The fabric mostly came from Martin's.

Now, I'm off to the studio to play!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Art Doll

From the book, "making Creative Cloth Dolls" by Marthe Le Van.  Lark Books.
The Pattern is called, "Clarity".
The steps to making a doll can take many paths.  I will be teaching a 3 hour doll making workshop this Saturday and I took time to map out the path I want to take to teach my class.  I look forward to seeing where my students will take the instruction.  Creative people hear the same instruction but interpret it differently (in a vibrant and refreshing way!)  The last photo here shows the doll yet unfinished.  I will be adding a few more elements.  She also will not have a pin in her neck! LOL!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mixed Media Art Dolls

I am teaching my course: Mixed Media Art Dolls this Saturday at the League of NH Craftsmen and there is still room!

Using a simple doll pattern as a starting point, you will use fabric enhancement technique, embroidery, funky yarns, buttons, and beads to create your own unique art doll. Saturday, 10:00am-1:00pm. March 10 (snow date Mar. 17). 1 session, 3 hrs. Tuition: $45 ($40*). Materials fee: $20

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Set Painting!

I have been busy this week helping to paint sets for "the Music Man", a play my daughter is participating in this weekend.  I have learned some new painting techniques!  We used small rollers to achieve incredible results on the large canvas flats.  This piece, I painted at home with brushes.  Primarily I took home a wooden triangle drawn out with circles and I painted it to look like the pool table accessories.  It was an enjoyable project for me.