Sunday, November 12, 2017

Holiday display and Bowl class

It's been another busy month here as usual!  I've been busy getting my holiday shopping stock beefed up and into the gallery:
Pictured here, an array of my Fringed Cut Velvet shawls and scarves.  I also added a table in my regular booth space to display my Covered Notepads and Journals.  No time yet to get a picture of that.  I also have a full rack of my tie-dye shirts, Jackets and Skirts, as well as a selection of my coiled fabric bowls.

Speaking of my bowls, I was approached recently by some gals who wanted to know if I teach classes in coiled bowl making.  I have wanted to do one for awhile, so I got their e-mail info and contacted our local quilt store.  I have 2 class dates set up for next spring, and already have 6 people interested in taking the class... woo-hoo! 

And if all this weren't enough to keep me busy, I've been doing some batik/ice dyed shirts:

Other than that, I haven't been doing a thing (she said, tongue in cheek!).  Hard to believe 2017 is almost over, but it's been a very busy and successful year for me so far... lots to be thankful for!
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Dendritic monoprints, more ice dyes, my! How time flies!

Another month has flown by... I just keep getting caught up in things to try, new groups to follow on facebook... this time, it is Tie Dye Alternatives that has thrown me back into the past, and inspired me to re-visit some tie-dye patterns, coupled with using ice dyeing techniques instead of regular dyeing methods.  Here is a recent one that I really love:
I haven't done the circular pattern for a long time, and when I did, it was more an "earth" pattern, but using the same method to create the arcs. 

I have also delved a little into something called Dendritic monoprints, which I had to google to figure out what it is!  It's a really cool design that happens when you apply some acrylic paints on a sheet of plexiglass, spread it evenly, then press another sheet of plexiglass on top.  When you remove your hands and lift the second sheet off, you have some really neat tree-like patterns.  Then you place a piece of paper or fabric on top and very gently press to make the print - you an use both sheets to make prints.  Here are a few I did recently:

Do I know what I'm going to do with these?  Not yet.  I also want to experiment on fabric too... just need more time!
One more thing I started, which I will be doing more of soon - cut velvet dyed scarves:

I think these will make great holiday gifts, or an elegant addition to a holiday outfit, don't you?  I hope to have these in the gallery sometime in the near future.  Okay, time to get back to it!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Gearing up for the holidays already!

I know, it's only September, and already I'm talking about the holidays?  Well, this is when I switch gears, creatively.  Another Flagstaff Open Studios Tour is in the can (good  turnout, low sales but got some custom orders), so it is now time to start thinking about making gift items to put in the Arts Connection Gallery, because believe it or not, people are already starting to look for gifts to give during the holiday celebrations!  Some items I will be offering again this year are:

Covered Notepads

Covered Journals
Hand dyed Grocery Totes

Chiffon scarf using Permanent markers and alcohol

Drizzle dyed Habotai scarf

Silk/Rayon Devore Cutout Scarf, Bamboo Pattern

And of course, I will also have a good selection of tie-dye clothing and my coiled fabric bowls and vessels.  Fortunately, I have a pretty good supply of those items, so I can focus on adding to my gift inventory.  So that's what I will be doing over the next couple of months, and maybe I'll even get a minute or two to do some (dreaded!) housework!  Hope you are all having a good summer!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

My pieces for Prelude

Just a quick post to show the 2 pieces I will be exhibiting (and hopefully selling!) at our Prelude Exhibit, which opens next Saturday at the Arts Connection Gallery in the Flagstaff Mall:
This is a covered bowl, and utilizes a piece of black walnut branch for a handle.  I made leaves from Lutradur, a man-made fiber which is very versatile.  I painted it, stitched the leaf veins and outline, cut them out, then distressed them with my heat gun.  To finish them, I added a cluster of pearl-like beads strung on copper wire.  I really love how this came out!

This is one of my rayon jackets, dyed using whiffle balls to create a color burst effect.  I love the colors - fuchsia and garabaldi orange... yummy!
I will post pictures of the opening which is always a great event... Flagstaff really turns out to support its artists!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Prelude Exhibit, Open Studios and more

This year I will be participating in the 20th Annual Flagstaff Open Studios Tour, a 2-day event where artists throughout the area open their studios to the public for demonstrations and sales.  This will be the 9th year for me, and the 8th sharing space with my friend Cinde at her lovely home.
Me and Cinde at the Opening of the Prelude Exhibit, 2016

 Each year, we hold a month-long exhibit of the participating artists' work prior to the Tour, and we will again be in our wonderful Arts Connection gallery at the Flagstaff Mall.  Opening Reception for the Prelude Exhibit will be Saturday, August 5 from 6 - 8pm at the Arts Connection Gallery, located in the Flagstaff Mall.  If you are in the area, I hope you will stop by either for the Opening or sometime during the month of August!

Here is one of the 2 pieces I will have on display this year... something that came out totally different than what I originally had in mind!

I started out thinking I would make a coiled bowl that would be large enough to contain a potted plant, just to do something a little different.  Instead, I ended up making a covered bowl, utilizing a branch of black walnut for a handle, and creating a cluster of leaves with bead "berries" as an embellishment.  You never know where the muse will take you, and I'm glad I decided to just follow her instead of trying to have my own way!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Away for far too long

I have no excuse for not posting since May, other than I've been busy in the studio, the gallery, etc. What do I have to show for all that time away?  Lots of sales and lots of dyeing and bowl making!  Here is a picture I took yesterday:
I'm on display in the center window of the gallery - One of my "Easy Breezy" rayon dresses, with an array of silk and rayon scarves, and a sprinkling of my hand-sewn "Shabby Chic" scarves.  This dress is the last one until my next order comes in tomorrow, then I'll be dyeing up a storm to try and sell some more before the end of July.  August 1 we take town the gallery and get it set up for the "Prelude" exhibit starting Aug. 5.  That exhibit will show pieces from all the artists (me included) who will be participating in this year's Open Studios tour the last weekend of August, so I'll be busy getting ready for that, then back in the gallery for the regular event in September.
Before I close, I do want to show off a couple of things I have been working on this summer:
This is a coiled fabric coaster set, complete with lidded container, shown here on a piece of the fabric used to make the set.  

This is one of my permanent marker and alcohol silk scarves... these have sold very well, and I hope to complete several more for Open Studios.

I hope you are having a great summer, full of wonderful creative activities!

Monday, May 29, 2017

New Shop on Facebook!

I have moved my shop to Facebook, and will be adding items over the coming weeks & months.  I hope you will follow the link located in the right column and browse what I have listed so far... and don't forget to let your friends/family know!  Here are a few of the items I have listed so far:

Elegant Drape Jacket

Ladies Tie-dye tank top

Infant Short Sleeve Tie-dye Romper

If you go out to my facebook shop and "Like" my page, you should get updates whenever I add new items to the shop.  Let me know how you like it, or if you have any suggestions for items you would like to see listed there!