Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Other Stuff

This fabric started in blueberry dye. No, really. I found some blueberries in the freezer, boiled them down and drained off the juice, and then poured it over this fabric, which was stuffed into a little container with some random fabric scraps that wanted to be blue, too.

I let the fabric batch for three days, turning the container every few hours. When I took it out and rinsed it, it smelled awful- obviously the blueberry juice was going bad and had turned a brownish color. Since I couldn't use the fabric smelling as badly as it did, I tossed it in the washing machine and ran it through a gentle cycle. What came out of the machine was a gunmetal gray I really wasn't satisfied with.

I had juice left over , so I soaked the fabric again for 24 hours. The result wasn't much more pronounced than after the first batching, and since I was dyeing in blues anyway yesterday, I threw this fabric and the scraps into the bath, and what you see above was the result.

I'm pleased.

In order to go not into textile overload, I still splash paint and glue around on a regular basis. This stretched canvas background emerged last week and now awaits a focal point.

While I had the lighting equipment out, I went ahead and photographed this piece, called Jumping Woman, which I did shortly after President Obama won his election. I was overjoyed with his victory, and this piece was the result.

Like the background above, it was also done on a stretched canvas frame and contains fibers, fabrics and painted papers. I also created a fiber figure with her arms raised high in joy, and painted paper/fun foam "buttons", which were adhered along the bottom. It has a couple of beads I made from painted foil candy wrappers that were then melted and formed into bead shapes.

So, another week is off and running... or flying...

Ready, set, create!


laura west kong said...

Wow! It looks like you've really been having a lot of fun. Everything looks wonderful! =(^_^)=

Katrina said...

That is a really big stick for a little bird...no wonder he fell off the fence! Awesome photo!

Gina said...

These are all fabulous! Love your colors and design.