Here's the next set I'm using -- two one yard pieces I've made by screening and direct painting, with a bit of drawing. I'll be teaching this at Pro Chemical and Dye this May, and class is filling up! There are a few spots left in the May 7-12 class in Fall River. It's is a blast, if I have to say. Here is the link: https://prochemicalanddye.net/
I've taken to maximizing studio time as much as I can this month. It's paid off, with a few new pieces, an update for a few projects in need, and a good rhythm to "get up and get going". The warm weather can wait, I've work to do.
I've got no name for this, except for an instagram suggestion of "Boom, Boom, Boom" which will have to be its mark for now. It's finished, and when hung on the wall reflects some color on the white beadboard.
George Wegman's lovely black bird is part of an exhibition at the Little Theater of six artists who meet every week for lunch. I imagine them talking over one another, no art at the table, just happy to have an artist's perspective over lunch. It's the good life.
Great gripping fear overcomes you when you cut these fabrics apart. Unless you look at the tall stack of yards that is waiting in the wings, and you know you've got more. So, here goes. More cutting and sewing.
I've a few spots in my Cape Coddie that are large enough to hang my work. Here is how the latest finished out, and you can get a sense of the scale from what surrounds it. I've been keeping these last few squares to 40" just as a challenge.
Wendell Castle, who passed away yesterday, was known throughout the world for his beautiful art and teaching us all how to live as an artist. I met him through his video on making a music stand, in 1974. That memory remains vivid, alive, timeless. Much like Wendell Castle.
The last week or so I've tried to add to my pile of printed fabric. Now I'll pick another two yards for the next work. For me, it is a good challenge -- can I make a composition with just two fabrics? Well, helps that I've interesting fabrics.
Someone who'd bought my fabric asked for two more yards of similar kind. This is my attempt to match the sample (shown horizontally). It wasn't easy, and I won't readily do it again, but I did learn a lot. So, win--win.
When I face a quilt, I will add the strip to the front, like a binding, but then open it out and stitch close to that seam, like a stay stitch. Next I pull the facing to the back, rolling a tiny bit of the front of the quilt to the back.
I've got this under the quilting needle, having fun working with the images and lines that appear somewhat randomly. I love the drawing part of the quilting. Much more satisfying than any kind of implied design.
My tops are made with many short seams, sometimes. And the up and down of sewing has my knees looking for ice. On my counter I put a spare machine so that I can just zip those seams if I stand on one foot. Easy.
Kim Werth's shirt reads "Sharks Make Me Happy" and so on, but I think what we're celebrating is the top notch quilting on her latest piece. With luck, it'll be on the road for the world to see. And then she can play with the sharks. This from the GVQC meeting today.
Now that we've climbed to the double digits, I can print more fabrics. I'll be taking these on the road -- Tampa, Massachusetts, Saskatoon, Eugene -- so I better get a few stacked up and ready to travel. (You can take a class in May 7-12 with me at Pro Chemical in Fall River, Mass if you want to learn this yourself.)
The city has collection stations for recycling Christmas trees, so when it got above 10 degrees, that was the signaled to take down and toss. I almost changed my mind, because as I drove, the smell was so wonderful I was tempted to keep it longer.
One of my favorite things I do in the summer is getting together at a friend's barn to discharge fabric. We have a ball, slop around bleachey things, and I go home with a pile of great "printed" fabric. This is the back of my moonscape quilt, ready to face.
I'd spent way too much time sitting and quilting this (an excuse to binge watch some British TV series), and found it this morning in the first light. Time to slap it on the design wall, block it, and get binding tomorrow.
That Super Moon outside will have to be seen through my window, as I'm wimping out from the cold. I'll offer this detail of the piece on the wall today. It'll have many moons, many months, many revolutions enough.