Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Playing with other mediums

Seems like I'm right back where I was a year ago - playing outside the box!  I've been working with fiber in one form or another for years... my comfort zone.  But I keep trying to expand my horizons, and the first part of the year seems to be my time to do that.  After another successful year selling at the Arts Connection Gallery in Flagstaff, I know that the next few months will be a slow time for sales... perfect opportunity to dabble, play, experiment with new things.  So this year, so far my dabbling has returned to mixed media, specifically air dried clay and composition using various mediums - cardboard, spackling paste, tyvek among others.  Here are a few pix of what I've done so far:

 I started with a piece of corrugated cardboard, coated with gesso, then added texture with spackling paste.

Here are a couple of shapes I made with terra cotta colored air dry clay.  I've done a little with this medium before, but really want to improve my skills... I can see several ways I would like to use it in my art, and it is far easier to use than regular kiln-fired clay.
Tyvek is another material I have been interested in for several years.  I have experimented with envelopes so far, but ordered a pack of tyvek to really delve into using it.  Here, I painted a few pieces, then manipulated it using my heat gun and teflon ironing sheets.
Here, I'm starting to play with some arrangements on the cardboard.  I plan to paint over the surface first, but wanted to start "what-iffing" with exposed cardboard, dyed cheese cloth, newspaper and my clay medallion.  Stay tuned for further developments!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New projects to end the year and 2017 in review

I'm always on the lookout for new things to try, and recently I added two new items to my inventory, just in time for the Holiday shopping season.  The first one, Mug Rugs, was an easy one to turn out, and makes a wonderful Stocking Stuffer or small gift for a co-worker, child's teacher, etc.

These took about 15-20 minutes to make. Once I determined the length of cord I needed, and cut my strips of fabric, they were a cinch to make.  And they have been selling in the gallery like little hot-cakes!  Guess they will be a perennial item in my inventory from now on.

Another item I just started creating is 5-strand necklaces made from Ladder or Trellis ribbon yarn.  And in the case of the one below, I added some eyelash yarn.  These are adjustable length, with a bead in the back which slides up and down to make the adjustment.

Here is one where all 5 strands are the same length.  These are made by single crocheting each strand separately, then knotting the strands together on either side with a 9" tail on the ends of each strand.  Not shown is the bead in back, which I fed the tails thru then knotted close to the end of the tails.

I'm looking forward to making more of these, and experimenting with variations.  The Ladder yarn comes in many colors (mostly available on-line now), and I have assembled quite a collection to play with.

This has been a very creative, prosperous year for me, with great sales at the gallery.  I am looking forward to another year of happy creating, and want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Here's a little slideshow of my year:

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!