Tuesday, December 6, 2005

I've got the blues

In the last few days I was inspired by Rayna's and Mary's fabric play that led me to pull a poorly rust-dyed 1/2 yard from my stash to see what it could become.  I wanted to recreate a panel similar to Cilium 2 before I couched it heavily (on the left).  Dscn0001



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The new piece I've layered it with paints, foil, stamps, and transfers over the last 2 days but it still needed something and this morning I knew it was a new colour...in comes Jacquard Textile Paint in Sky Blue which brightened the piece perfectly, reminded me of looking through stained glass.  But guess what, it needs more Sky Blue and I'm out!  I knew it earlier but the cold temps intimidate me and I just couldn't stand the thought of braving the weather to go pick up another bottle.  I will pick up the textile paint tomorrow because I'm also too impatient to wait for a delivery from Dharma Trading plus I would end up buying more stuff if I ordered online. Why didn't I just do it today and it would be behind me right now. (should a period or question mark go behind the preceding sentence?)



I moved on to re-selecting another colour for the side panel for the umpteenth time...with the introduction of the blue, I have another option and decided on a darker blue that I dyed last year and guess what? I don't have enough for the length without creating a seam where I do not want one!  For me to dye more fabric means I have to call Mary Anderson Center for the Arts and ask about available studio space and then drive 20 minutes...which means braving the cold to work for an hour in what I imagine to be a low heated space because afterall they are non-profit and heating costs have increased, and this holds no appeal for me! I've just got to work out a solution that will not compromise the design and message with this quilt, called A Black Mother's Prayer which is very important to me because the inspiration comes from a poem I wrote for my oldest son when he was 12 (now 24) and is intended for an exhibit that Sonji made me aware of that will go up in January or February that addresses some aspect of gender and/or ethnicity. This piece has to be everything I want it to be. I am speaking to it and through it.







11 comments:

  1. That blue really does enliven that piece. Whoda thunk? Probably the combination of warm & cool.
    You and I need to get with the program and do our dyeing/painting in the warmer months. I wish you lived next door, we'd have lotsa fun!

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  2. A new you? Lovely new colors on the blog, light and clean. And the blue in your new piece is perfect.

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  3. A new you? Lovely new colors on the blog, light and clean. And the blue in your new piece is perfect.

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  4. That's looking so cool, Karoda! Doesn't even look like the same piece you started with.

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  5. DebR, the panel on the upper left is not the same one in the other pictures...the one on the left was a stage in Cilium 2.

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  6. Like the new blog design...
    Love the fabrics!

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  7. Very intriguing piece especially your motivation behind the work. You are cookin', woman. P.S. also love the new blog design..clean, sophisticated, graphic...hey, just like you.

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  8. Lovely work - I love the gold. And nice blog!

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  9. Nice new blog design!! Don't go out in the cold!! Take good car of yourself. I look forward to seeing this progress.

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  10. Wow, Karen, I almost thought I was on the wrong site! Nice and easy to read.
    Is this the piece you were talking about? Looks like a gorgeous fabric and anything you do will enhance it.
    It's bitterly cold here in NJ, too. Snow due tomorrow night. Bleccccccch.

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