More hand stitched triangles, showing off some of the fabric I have printed recently using a gelatin plate (more on that in a minute) and some of the silks I succumbed to in Belfast, ME. Belfast has an amazing and wonderful little art and fabric store, right in the middle of town. My good mother was singing its praises, and I failed to believe her until Kate and I stepped inside. And then it was kind of hard to breathe because there were so many amazing things to see. I cannot do it justice. Go visit Fiddlehead Artisan Supply and be delighted.
I signed up for a class with Linda Germain to learn more and better ways to print on fabric using a gelatin plate. It is made from Knox unflavored gelatin and glycerine. The result is tough, rubbery and fun to mess with. The class has been fun, and I have learned some elegant techniques to get quite detailed prints from leaves and other natural things, as well as learned in the abstract about layering color. I still have a lot of learning to go on that topic! But it did mean I got some new inks for printing on fabric. After using them cautiously for a couple rounds of experimenting, I decided to give myself a gold star for each jar I used up, and if I use them all up, I WIN! I am not sure what I win, but I will have made more things and learned more things than if I’d spent time conserving paint or fabric.
And finally, I marched on Saturday along with, apparently, between 3 and 4 million others. My family and I stayed local, expecting a couple hundred people and ten minutes of speeches. What we wound in the middle of was 2500 people, celebrating solidarity, feminism, parenthood and the sunshine. I was so glad I went, and so glad so many others turned out. I will leave you with this short video of us as we go under the truck-eating bridge into the middle of town.
The last time I did a daily project, I posted the results to the blog daily as well. This time around, I feel content posting daily to Instagram and Facebook, and letting pictures pile up until I can say something more coherent about them. Making the pictures public is important, but talking about them is much less so.
What I can see about this grouping is that I seem to be seeing mountains in them, and bringing that to the fore. I also like edges and triangles within my triangles. I have not tried to depict anything in particular in them – that may come soon. I will finish out January noodling with more abstract themes, and change directions at the end of the month.
I realized that I was not prepared to travel and make triangles when Red Kate and I went to visit my mother in the far Down East of Maine over the weekend. I tossed together a kit, but it took me a day and a migraine to figure out how to make the things I was thinking about. While I was visiting I got fond of hand work and hand stitching, so the most recent set are all hand stitched, even after returning home. The character of the stitched line is so different when done by hand and by machine. Also I think I need to learn how to use a thimble because the tip of my finger is sore!
top left; Jan 8, Jan 7,
bottom left; Jan 6, Jan 5
Most of Saturday Al helped me sort and package his robot parts and job related things from the time when he was holding down seven 1/4 time jobs (the end of the tech boom was hard for a while!), and at the end of the day I took his enormous ugly desk apart and we loaded it into my car in the beginnings of the snowstorm. I have a whole new corner of my work room open and ready to rearrange – it is pretty intoxicating!
At the same time, I am exploring the idea of moving my work space out of the house and into a more formal studio space. As I talk with other people about their studios, I get a better idea of what I am looking for; space, company, a place to be at work that is not the house, and doesn’t have the same distractions as the home.
As I clarify my hopes, and empty out the current space to make room for more creativity, the possibilities for the future open up in front of me.
Today’s triangle, and yesterday’s triangle, because I did it, and then started doing other things…
I looked at my first potential shared studio space today. I liked the woman who organized it, and the space was friendly. I need to see some more places to get a better feel for what I can expect by way of company, space and amenities.
Also I have adopted a small bear for a traveling companion. Meet Ursula –
It has been five years since I made a circle a day, and ten years since I made a fabric postcard a day. Time to do it again.
I am starting with equilateral triangles, and the color green. The triangle above is 3.75″/10 cm on a side. The nice thing about equilateral triangles (all sides equal) is that they tile smoothly on a flat surface, and they can be used to compose three dimensional shapes. I am going to have a lot of these triangles – I should be able to amuse myself with the results when I am done!