I am into my 10th year as a full-time fiber and textile artist. So many individuals have supported my endeavor along the way that I have decided to dedicate space in this blog to singing their praises. One such individual, who has been in my life from nearly the beginning of this 10-year journey, is Char Z. An energetic spirit, Char leads an active, rich and diverse life. Among other things, she is a creative herself, working in a variety of media. She is an enthusiastic student of technique and has a cultivated keen appreciation of the creative works of her fellow craft-artisans. Not only has Char been there through all of my felted work but she has also nurtured the emergence of my wearable micro-line, Petal-Una Collection. She wears each unique piece with great flair. I recently sat down with Char, in honor of our 10th year together, to look at the impressive group of pieces of my work (mostly wearable) she has added to her collection over the years. I am deeply indebted to Char and honored to know her. Here is a gallery of highlights from my visit – the earliest work appears first.
First madderroot (and ferrous) print samples completed! More process info in today’s IG story. **If you are in the ATL area and want to learn more, I’m teaching my first workshop of the year on printing/painting with natural dyes March 20-22 at the #sefaa center. It will be part in-person/part remote. Check out @sefiberarts / fiberartsalliance.org for more info. Space is limited.
A last look at my madder extraction process - such an amazing color, at least at this stage!
In addition to working with Madderoot this week, I’m working with wax resists again. Playing with marks in preparation for a more planned session. Images (one array and 3 side-by-side composites) in the stack are all post-steam and wash. Soy wax and fiber-reactive dyes.
First extraction (c.4L), with straining cloth.
Dried Madder-Root extraction (30%)- for direct application (thickening for print/paint). I will eventually have 3 sample sets at 3 strengths for comparison.
Madder-Root (Rubia spp.) - dried root (coarse and fine), along with a concentrated powdered extract. Ready to get started!
January always feels like an opportunity to reset. Winter contracts. Interior calls. Partially immersed, work progresses at a different pace until, all at once, I am compelled to emerge from this little cocoon. For now though, time to take stock, drink in inspiration, clean, plan...and of course, continue quietly working.
Healing work is calling.
Onward. Affirm the good.