Photographed at The McGregor Park Fish Hatchery on The Rogue River above Shady Cove, Oregon
Somewhat reminiscent of graffiti, these are the coiled seeds of an Alder-Leaf Mountain Mohogany Tree growing above Ashland on Tolman Creek Road.
Fabric Collage refers to the creation of a new cloth from a collection of different types of textiles. I have been playing with my stash of handmade felt, fabric and scraps to make unique textiles that can transform into a vest, pants, wrap or a scarf.
I begin by pulling out different types of complimentary textiles and laying them out on a big table. I like to work with one bigger piece of fabric that will be the base fabric around which patterns and themes can emerge. Once I have my base fabric and a few anchor textiles, I begin the adding and subtracting process. My fabric scrap collection contains lots of little treasures that can be added as design or accent elements. I love working with selvage and raw edge scraps. Prints with words are also fun to incorporate into the design. I like to have my pattern pieces on the table as well so that I can begin to think about fabric placement.
The next step in my process is to start stitching some of the fabrics together. I like to overlap
the fabrics as this creates more texture and interest. Once I have a few pieces of my textile stitched, I place them on the pattern to see where they might look best. An important tool in this process is a dress form as it allows me to see where on the garment certain designs will fall. If you don’t have a dress form you can hold the pattern pieces up on your own body to see how the textile will flow.
Once I stitch all of the fabrics together for the pattern pieces, I am ready to construct the garment. If I am lining the vest, I will sew in the lining and then sew the shoulder seams. I try the garment on to make sure the armhole and bust area’s fit my silhouette. Next I pin the side seams sew them together and I have a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art.
A couple of weeks ago, I showed the latest Earth Spirit Vessel I was working on. Well, last night I finished it. I have named it Embrace.
To see photos of it in its early stage see: Studio Snapshot – Starting Another Earth Spirit Vessel
Watercolor & Ink Demo
“Inking” – as in drawing with ink.
Hi! I’ve been studying up on working with ink in preparation for my upcoming demonstration for the Society Of Southern Oregon Artists. And, its coming up this Monday! Note to me…that’s SOON!
But I’ve been preparing. And, besides, how hard can it be to stand in front of a room full of people and talk while painting?
Exactly; for some of us it might be easy. Not so for me. So I’m arming myself with knowledge!
I decided I ought to know more about my materials and dip pens in particular. “Old school” time – and its really fun!
The reasons I’m working with dip pens and nibs follow:
Something Special About His Nibs
One of the most exciting things I found out about my supplies is that I have some “vintage” nibs. Did you know that there are such things? These nibs were my father’s – artist John Stermer. I cleaned them up and they work great! As a matter of fact, several looked almost brand new.
Dip Pen Tips – For Using
I thought I’d share some tips for working with dip pens.
About the Ink
I use Higgins Black Magic Ink. It is waterproof and fade proof. That means, for example, after the ink dries, you ought to be able to paint over it with wet watercolor with out lifting. However, I did manage to get a smear this morning. I have no idea why; something must have been not quite right. Generally speaking, though, it does work as advertised.
There are other inks that are not waterproof. They can be great, but I haven’t been experimenting with them. They are beyond the scope of my upcoming demonstration.
Back to the demonstration. My process for incorporating graphite, ink and watercolor is as follows:
Single Best Tip
The best tip I can offer: if you have a dip pen in your studio, give it a try! You might have loads of fun!
On cleaning and care of the nibs.
Paper artist Helen Hiebert has a Kickstarter campaign going on to fund her new 2017 Calendars. These are not your ordinary calendars, each month includes a paper project along with instructions.
The calendar is filled with fun paper projects to enjoy each month. Every page features photo of the completed project, an interesting paper quote, a list of materials and tools you’ll need to complete the project, plus step by step photos and easy-to-follow instructions.
To purchase your own calendar, check out: Helen’s Kickstarter Campaign. I purchased the calendar along with the custom paper pack. Delivery is expected sometime in October. I can hardly wait!
Mandala with Blessing Sticks from Art Unraveled…
These are the days between midsummer and late summer. Here in my perch above the Klamath River the flowers are reaching as tall as they can before they go to seed.
I am nestling in the way I always do after I travel… especially when I teach. I have been to Colorado where I taught with my dear friend Leslie Marsh in the vacation home of my other dear friend Hasty Pearl, (Laura Roberts). Such an inspiring setting with rugged cliffs above the jubilant singing Crystal River. And such inspiring students as they created with all of their hearts and soul. See photos of Crystal River book arts here.
Pages in Progress by Marline
Student Artist Books
And I taught in the mountains where I helped raise money for the wonderful Klamath Outdoor School… this is the land of blue-green spring water and ponderosa pines, long lush grass, wildflowers and butterflies. This workshop included nature walks and talks by my friend, Marjorie Glass, a wildlife biologist. We slept in a big yurt and the stars were amazing. Please see photos of "Nature in the Mind's Eye here.
Artist Book by Christine
Kandis Artist Book Pages
And lastly I taught three workshops at the amazing Art Unraveled in Phoenix, Arizona where I was welcomed with open arms, encountered my first Monsoon and realized again just how strong the pull of art Is. Please see photos from my three workshops at Art Unraveled here.
Artist Book by Helen
Artist Book by Chrissie
In each place I got to spend time with old friends and new and be amongst other women who know how important it is to nourish themselves.
One of the things I love the most about teaching is when I walk away from someones worktable and then return after awhile the amazing surprises I encounter!
Victory Shield by Laura
Blessing Sticks by Helen
I haven’t spent much time in my studio this past week as I was camping in the high desert of Oregon. It was a wonderful time for me to relax and commune with nature. It was very restorative and I now have a lot more art energy pent up. I’m ready to start working on my art with a new vigor.
What time I did spend in my studio was playing around with the paper cutting I started last month. I made a few more flower designs and played with putting some of my paste papers behind them the cut out areas.
I like the look of these and will continue to explore paper cutting. I am sure this is just the beginning of a new addition to my paper addiction.
For details about how I cut my cards, check out my blog post: DIY – Playing With Paper Cutting.
I photographed my cards on one of my paste papers. To learn more about my paste papers, check out my blog post: Making Paste Papers: Part One.
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