five triangles, a march and ink

mosaic-jan-20-to-24

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.

 

changes in attitude

jan-9-to-19

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!

four days and an open corner

top left; Jan 8, Jan 7,
bottom left; Jan 6, Jan 5

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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.

Jan 4, Jan 5, and a bear

Today’s triangle, and yesterday’s triangle, because I did it, and then started doing other things…

jan 5

jan 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 –

Ursula bear

2017 triangle a day

triangle a day 2017

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!

 

2016 review

This post feels oddly disconnected from the work I did manage to finish back in the early part of the year.

I started a new series of very abstract river pieces, much larger than I have been working previously.

With the interfacing I use, I can only work on pieces smaller than 16″ square with my machine. I imposed shamelessly on the goodwill and patience of the local quilt shop Notion to Quilt and test drove (extensively) the sit-down long arm machine they have there. While I enjoyed the experience, and I love the machine, I think space and financial constraints will keep me working on smaller sections using my current sewing machine.

Since the final pieces are bigger, I had to experiment with ways to slice the work, and then connect the sections. The connections became a part of the design of each piece, and I can see that going in different and interesting ways.

I have had more time away from sewing this year than in the last decade, and I tried to take some of that time to experiment. I took a bunch of acrylic paints around town and on vacation, and tried to paint what I saw. I took a class in screen printing on fabric with Esther White at Zea Mays Printmaking and learned a lot about a process I had not tried before. I took a class in encaustic and mixed media with Lorraine Glessner at R&F Handmade Paints, and learned a lot about wax, oil paint and layers of imagery. I also fell in with a remarkable collection of women taking the encaustic class, and I hope we manage to stay in touch.

If you are unsure how to spend a quiet evening, check out these womens’  work: Cheryl Holz, Sally Hootnick, Ann Breinig, Meg Tweedy, Victoria Sivigny, and Valerie Zeman

Terri and Sheri, you guys have to get websites organized!

I’m heading into 2017 with some new tools, new friends, new techniques, and ready for some new things.