I promised Ariane Zurcher that I'd print and dye some linen in response to her classes in hand stitching. They are now ready to be "quartered" and then photographed and added to the web site store. So, in a couple of days. Then I've got to get ready for other things!
I've plowed through nearly all of the unfinished prints I brought home from the week at Pro Chemical and Dye, and now I've started on new work. I have to say that I enjoy working on the half-finished pieces, they are like completing a block. Starting new is better with that warm-up.
Yes, on this summer day, I went to the studio to use screens dirty -- or not washed clean -- to print. I coat the screen with either clear paste or a mixed color, and that softens the previous paste enough to allow me to print "dirty". I love that, unlike a breakdown screen, this screens doesn't break down!.
"Indivisible With Liberty And Justice For All" is Judith Plotner's piece in the Made in New York show at the Schweinfurth Art Center. I think that the title is all we need to know to understand this piece.
Schweinfurth Art Center's annual exhibition "Made in New York" never dissapoints. This large painting "Here" by Carole D'Inverno felt like a cousin. Same family of large, painting on cloth, mounted to the wall with grommets hanging freely. Take a virtual tour (it's fun!) https://schweinfurthartcenter.org/made-in-ny-2021/
My small supply of linen is now ready to color. I say don't get too excited because: 1. you are seeing it wet, and therefore much much darker than it will be in the finished fabric, and 2. I have to go through all of the linen to print, then photograph, then add to the website store.
It's been almost two weeks waiting for me to sort these prints and get them queued for the wash. I managed to print 19 yards in demonstrations during my week at Pro Chemical and Dye. Some will get more graphics when I start printing tomorrow. But some are ready for the wash.
Today I took off work to have a party. It was fun, full of great food, and the night cooled down enough to let us relax. For so long there wasn't enough of get togethers with others. It was worth the time to be ready for company.
I'm an occasional media watcher. And light reader. But I do appreciate good graphics. So, this magazine cover caught my eye. I won't copy this, but I'll appreciate the balance, the style, and the graphics. And, like most things I'm a drawn to, it will influence my work.
The end of the Pro Chem class, a week or so ago, was celebrated with a dinner in Bristol, Massachusetts. It is an old shipping port that was in the trading triangle. This graffiti dates from the early 1800s. I"ve been intrigued with the drawings, the gestural line since my visit a couple of years ago.
I have an everchanging garden. Not having given enough time, except for watering, I've specimen weeds and thugs that are taking over. But somehow I can't mind. I'll get there in time, or fall will come and it won't matter. Meanwhile, let's see what August will give me.