Fresh Start

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…

Last of the Summer Workshops….

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…

An Interlude…

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:

Surface Design Workshop I

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…