Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Holiday Gift! A Clutch Bag!

The Keene Art Tour is Nov 8 and 9 from 10 am to 5 pm - this week-end!

I have some new work to show.  A few nice clutches:
Here is one which is a textile collage!
The top is black velveteen. Of course it has a zipper, too.

This quilted clutch is created from my hand dyed and hand painted fabric.  
Also, the eco printed  upcycled blouses will be available.too.

Stop by #14 to see these in person.  

And exhibiting with me is Carol Corliss.    She does lovely pastels.  

Jody Halliday will have her creative jacket, too.
See you soon!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Eco Printing Paper - Just the beginning

After much experimenting and several steam baths, these are the handmade papers printed from my favorite leaves.

The leaves are from the sugar maple trees. They print on silk really well.  Not so well on paper.  I had to brush alum mordant on the paper twice before stacking them into a bundle.  The brown edges are from some wild mushroom growth I purchased a local farmers market.  It dyed silk very well but didn't keep its color on the paper. Good lessons to be learned.

This print is ok.  I printed this one twice.  It is obvious by looking at it.

What I didn't photograph are the papers which printed some live eucalyptus leaves which I found at a local florist.  Those prints were very pastel and the leaf print is boring - no detail.

Now, what else to do with these. I have been thinking about it all day!  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gradation Dyeing of Cotton

For several years I have created yards of fabric that have been dyed in gradiation of color.  I used black which is the sum of all colors.  Photography shows it slightly brown. In reality, the color ranges from light grey to a very dark grey and green.
 From the bottom, this is four of the dyed pieces, the lightest value at the bottom,  They are 9 x 45 in size.  When I surge them together or sew them on the machine, I get interesting effects.

Here is part of a skirt I surged together.  The skirt has a zipper.  It is my simple design but I love it.
This is the skirt back.   There are more photos on my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Etsy again!

  It is time to try old things again!  My friends all tell me that Etsy is where it is at!  So, today I have posted two upcycled blouses on my Etsy site.  Take a look and see what you think!  I will try to keep posting new art to create more interest.

I particularly like these two blouses.  The photography does not do them justice.  The local vegetation has so much color now that it is very inspiring.  I am collecting every day!  No wonder I found a worm spinning a nest in my art studio last week!  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

This is the beginning process of eco printing on a silk blouse.  The leaves are still pliable.  I find them in my driveway!

Here is an upcycled silk blouse using the sugar Maple leaves, Sumac, carrots, etc.  One never knows what the final colors will be.  This was very purple before it was washed.  The Sumac leaves which are quite yellow in this photo were very green when they came out of the steamer.

Currently, these blouses are being sold at the Walpole Artisans Cooperative.  I will also have some for sale at the Keene Art Tour on November 8 and 9.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Beautiful Fall Colors

It is very fall like here in Northern New England!  As the leaves turn, there will be less and less vegetation available for eco printing and dyeing.  The Sugar Maples are wonderful for Eco Printing and I am fortunate in that my neighbor has this beautiful tree right next to my driveway!

I really don't like to clean up the leaves but look at this pile of color!  I will scoop them up!Today I will create some silk printed blouses to post here on my blog.  Right now, they are soaking in an alum mordant solution.  I will also be walking around Keene today so that I can harvest some rhubarb leaves, purple petunias, marigolds, etc.  All of these will yield some interesting results.  I already have my purple cabbage, blackberries and carrots.  No wonder my refrigerator is so full! 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Birding! Come see the flock!

Aren't these birds wonderful!  All created from hand dyed fabric!  That means one of kind, made just of you.
Stop by during the Keene Art Tour in Keene, NH on May 3 and 4 to see the birds!  Yep, they are for sale, too.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Keene Art Tour in May!

The Keene Art Tour is this week-end.  It is the first time we are doing an art tour in May.  The weather is predicted to be good.  It will be a great time to walk around Keene, NH!

Super Soft Silk Purple Dyed Scarf or Shawl.  It is truly a lovely feel.

Lots of textured Scarf which is Cotton/Linen.
It is stitched shibori dyed in blues.

Beautiful colors in this lovely silk scarf.

Any of these and/or many more will be available this week-end on the art tour.  Perfect for Mother's Day!

Jody Holliday will be here with her lovely jackets, handbags and hats.  Stop by at 103 School Street, Keene, NH 03431.
See you Saturday or Sunday!

Monday, March 31, 2014

New work!

While I was in Mexico I decided to draw on fabric with markers and pastels and see what happens.  I love this look.  I used one of my upcycled blouses which happens to be a nice summer linen blouse.  The look is great!  Machine washable.  Size small.  Email if you are interested.  It will be available during the Keene Art Tour, too.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Artist Residency in San Miguel, Mexico

I am just finishing the works I started while at the Simple Choice Farm in San Miguel, Mexico.  I spent 9 lovely days there, exploring various mediums, doing some plein air watercolors and seeing the sights for photography.  It is an artistic city! The weather was perfect.  The sights inspiring.  This little house was mine for the 9 days.  It was fully furnished and quite spacious.  Spring was just arriving there.  The flowers were just beginning to pop.

Here are a few photos of the sketchbook I did.  All of the photos which are in the sketchbook were printed using the DASS digital image transfer which gives them an interesting look.
Digital Image Transfer

Watercolor Plein Air

This is the cover of the sketchbook.  Recycled trash bags!