Saturday, 2 August 2014

Playtime ... dyeing flat

I spent a day with a dear friend ... playing ...
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.
We used procion dyes in a liquid form with urea. The cotton fabrics had been treated with soda ash. We used stryofoam boards with plastic taped on, then used a slightly larger piece of plastic, added our fabric and dyed it. To dry, we layered another piece of fabric and slid the 'sandwich' off the board and set in the sun to dry.

There were also some pieces I thought were silk and turned out to be synthetic. Most of the dye washed out. An easy test I should have done is to burn a small piece. Natural fibres form a black/grey ash and synthetics melt to form hard brown beads. I have some transfer dye papers ... think I'll try those and see what happens.

Here is an example of the transfer dyes used on an ipad cover that was pearl grey with an assortment of coffee stains, etc.

Here is a link describing how to work with transfer dyes.

So many fun techniques to work with and so little time!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Douglas Coupland, Vancouver Art Gallery

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! 
Photography was encouraged.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

FAN 2014 - On the Wind

Our current show will be opening in August:

Abstracted in St Catharines, 2014 NJS

Abstracted was shown concurrently with the Canadian Quilt Association/ACC National Juried Show, in St. Catharines, Ontairo, June 2014. In four days, we had over 1,500 visitors, not including those who returned with friends.
The intent of our show is an exploration of how a representative theme can be continued in abstract.

You can view the entire exhibit with artist statements:

Our show ...

Thelma and my husband ... looking after admissions.

Some comments from our visitors ...

Photos of visitors to the show:
and this was when it was quiet enough for me to take photos!

The space was the entry to a theater and worked very well. 
Great lighting and center benches for weary feet.
Note: The Abstracted show is available for galleries through 2016.
Please leave a comment if you would like more information.
Visit our website to see past exhibits and personal galleries of the artists.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The ABSTRACTED exhibit by Fibre Art Network will be a concurrent show with the Canadian Quilt Association Conference 2014 in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada.
There is also a blog that has discussion about process:

The Fibre Art Network is a cooperative of Western Canadian Fibre Artists.

FAN membership includes emerging fibre artists, teachers, authors, judges and award winning quilt artists. Our members show their work nationally and internationally, winning awards for their artwork.

Visit our website:
Have a look at our past Exhibitions:
Abstracted will be our 17th Exhibit.
Currently,  FAN produces two shows each year, one designed for larger galleries and one for smaller venues. These are available to travel. 

See the work of our individual members our gallery:

Many of our members are available for trunk shows and workshops:

Be prepared for an interesting experience! I'll be there (or another FAN member). Be sure to say hello!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Play time!

I have a wonderful group of friends ... we get together to celebrate birthdays and experiment with new art products and techniques. This is a catch up post!

SUNPRINTING ... always fun to splash on the paint and create a unique fabric.

Sunprint with stamp.
Natural plants used to block the rays of the sun, leaving white areas.
Sunprint with ferns painted and printed.

FOILING ... this is easier than it looks: use tacky glue designed for foiling, apply glue to areas that you want to be foiled, allow to dry to tacky. Place foil on fabric with colour side up and press with the edge of the iron.

powdered glue creates little dots ... also see posting for 'Moon Dust'
painted glue using stencil
multi coloured foil + glue painted on 2" block stamp
flower stamp, glue added with roller
multicoloured foil and small swirl stamp with silver stamp
stencil used to paint glue on fabric and gold foil
Stamp and foil with dots of pink and green
Stam carved into eraser, blue foil
4 sided stamp with textures
Glue applied with breyer over rubbing plate

Glue applied with cork dipped in glue
I loved the process ... so many ways to use this technique!

TISSUE PAPER ... we tried this on fabric treated with soda ash. I think it would work better with paper collage and guesso. We placed ripped/cut bits of tissue on white fabric and waited for the colour to run from the tissue. It created quite bright colours. Unfortunately, the colour was not very permanent. My results were pastel. However, we had lots of fun!

MONOPRINTING ... always a surprise! We had a lovely April Day! Again this is easier than it looks: spread paint on a surface, place fabric on top, smoosh fabric and lift carefully. 

Alternate: you can also use a roller to get even amount of paint.
Stencils, positive and negative image can be used when you add the paint to the surface.
The paint should be thick, not watery.

swirllled, thickened paint
You can take several prints, each will be more pale. stencil used for purple.
So many ways to make unique fabric!