with dye and fabric!
The joy of having the "best me" back can't not be expressed fully in words...words are just failing me, but I can tell you it occurs at the cellular level. I had been holding in a lot of stress and what the week of being surrounded by creative people and being focused on my own thoughts around my art practice with guidance by Claire and Leslie coupled with being pampered by wonderful meals prepared by Margaret Wolff did for me was to allow that stress to dissipate right out of my body!
The goals I settled on were to obtain a specific palette that I want to work in for awhile. I came close with this piece ...
I will go back into it but I don't want to lose the colors so I've selected an ecru dye that I think is unifying to the cools and warms.
My current short term goal is to completely saturate cloth with dye. It seems the dyeing and repeated over-dyeing is the answer versus a heavy measure of dye powder with one use.
The intent for the cloth is to end up in quilts, but I must admit the confusion comes about when I just want to sit and hold the cloth or stare at it from across the room. I haven't really constructed a quilt this year, so I question if I'm going for whole cloth, art cloth, or what??? If its whole cloth, I'm great at creating backgrounds but need to get better at focal points. Art Cloth? Maybe on occassion, but I really love stitch and layers. The only stitching I'm doing is slow, slow hand work...if I charged by the hour on the piece it would be out of range for the ordinary art textile buyer. (is there such a thing?)