Eco-Dyeing Update: Pokeberries
4 hours ago
Welcome to my world ...
|a small piece of cotton with running stitch|
|a light silk (worked in double layer ... with wraps on buttons|
|Two silk scarves:|
1. rolled on a cylinder with string.
2. wrapped on the ends around a pine cone at the ends and a slat of wood in the middle. Note this was crepe silk and took the dye much darker.
|I folded the scarf in half and began rolling from the fold ... making the center a little lightr.|
|This was my last piece ... light silk lining rescued from an old dress. It was done on the diagonal over a water bottle with elastics put on randomly.|
|This is actually not as bright ... it is amazing how the digital cameras can see more colour than our eyes.|
I used up bits of white fabrics. I think this was cotton and spandex.
|The photo doesn't do this justice. It is about 12" by 40". It is a fine china silk and was wet before spraying dye on. I pushed folds in the fabric to make it about half the actual length and dried it that way. I think it was a scarf blank ... it has selvage on both sides.|
|This was a cotton - pinned to a board and I dripped dye down the surface. I did this on dry fabric and at first it sat as beads, as I dripped more dye, it sank in more.|
|This is my favorite ...happy white daisies! It is on wet white cotton. I made the centers by wrapping elastics around a circular object and arranging the fabric in folds ... then sprayed the dye on.|
|Coupland collected items - commercial and part of our daily life.|
|Surprisingly, he made quilts. The holes are 'spirit catchers'.|
|This quilt included hubcaps.|
|This interested me because it reminded me of modern quilts.|
|The central object depicts the ice storm in Quebec |
where electrical towers toppled over.
|Coupland abstracted several well known artists. |
This one: Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky by Emily Car
|As a child, he was fascinated with lego. |
This is his first set - replicated many times.
|and, more complex 'totems'|
|There was a room of signs ... social and intellectual statements. |
This interested me because I was a teacher!
|Coupland was fascinated by technology and images.|
|This needed a camera phone to see the image.|
|He did a series of photos with the face obliterated by paint.|
These reminded me of the adolescents whose brains turn to mush in the time between childhood and what society calls maturity.
|This large collection was like looking into a brain ... with all the images we store.|
|The view from the restaurant at the Art Gallery. |
They now call Vancouver 'the glass city'.
|Food is good!|
I had little knowledge of Coupland's art, I had seen some items over time. This exhibit shows an artist who works in a wide variety of mediums ... reacting to the world around him. It was almost like looking inside his brain ... with all its complexity!
|Thelma and my husband ... looking after admissions.|
|The space was the entry to a theater and worked very well. |
Great lighting and center benches for weary feet.