I feel like the year has been progressing at a rapid pace (even though it is only January 19th!)  2016 was the “year of the wearable” for me, primarily.  I am beginning to find flow in my wearable art line, petal-una collection.  That work will continue this year, likely branching, as usual, in a variety of directions…but all pointing back to the center – all of my work in the studio circles back on itself, cross-referencing, cross-fertilizing.  In addition to creating art-wear in 2016, I was gifted with the opportunity to expand the horizons of my fine art fiber and interior textiles work via a decorative “tile” commission.  2016 may have been a relatively light year for art and interior works but I am ready to resume that stream of work in earnest and look forward to exploring new territory as I dive deeper into 2017.

In the spirit of fresh beginnings, I forgive myself the laying aside of regular posting and other essays/investigations initiated in this journal.  My best-laid plans to more deeply pursue natural dyes were “bookmarked” while I worked on my wearable line.  I will return to the naturals and pick up where I left off in the coming months.  As for the other perennially set-aside plan to post regularly here, I once again begin the year with hopes of improving on that front.  To the extent that I do post anything at all, I greatly appreciate your reading and following in this and other platforms (links to all of them are scattered throughout the opening page of this site)!

Wake up and stay awake.  Connect and stay connected.  Jump into the fire occasionally then dive into the one Ocean with complete surrender.

January 2017. K.C.

P.S. The images are from my Instagram feed – the “best 9” from 2016.

It’s hard to believe the Summer is almost over – it went so fast and I am now preparing for an intensive month of production in the studio! 

We concluded the Surface Design/Fiber-Reactive Series with two back-to-back sessions:  The first was dedicated to creating a color study “chart” using fiber-reactive print pastes.  Our second day was devoted to using these charts as a resource for a continuation of paint and pattern exploration on a variety of fabrics.  For images from our last session see https://posietex.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/surface-design-workshop-i/).  Workshops at Studio Mariposa resume next Spring (the schedule will be posted in late-January, 2014).   Here are some images from this past weekend:

I’ve been working on some printed cloth to incorporate into soon-to-be-revealed petal-una pieces.  These are floating print layers and are one-of-a-kind pieces, each having a life of its own.  I am always on the look-out for what I feel are perfect confluences of pattern and color in whatever surface design work I’m up to – these confluences will often become the subject of further image and pattern development.  Here are lightly embellished “portraits” of some of these recent discoveries:

This past weekend I facilitated the first Surface Design Workshop at Studio Mariposa.*  This first level is essentially an introduction to using thickened fiber-reactive dyes on cloth.   I kept the palette very simple but the results were just amazing!  It was a really inspiring weekend for all of us.  What follows are photographs of the work at different stages.  They are fairly chronological, i.e., the stages leading up to and including removal of the work from the table for setting are first, followed by the presentation (and discussion).  The last images are of my demo pieces, both discharge and positive prints.  Click on any image to launch the larger format viewer.

*SD 1 & 2 go together.  The work will continue in the next level workshop scheduled for mid-August.  I will be scheduling a new round in the Fall.  If you’re interested, please contact me so I can keep you apprised of the dates.