Saturday, May 24, 2014

Cochineal Beauty in the Detail

One of my favorite moments in Irit Dulmans workshop in January was dying with Cochineal. We had what we called a magic dye pot, because everyone pulled out something that they loved, which does not always happen. Leaf prints were legible and shades of pink from the cochineal were stunning. Its been on my mind to try and recreate the magic. I ordered Cochineal powder from Botanical Colors back in January and decided to test it out this week. Pink is not one of my colors, but I have to say there is something about the Cochineal pink that is pleasing. Its a flattering color to wear on most people. Four scarfs and a silk dress made it to the magic pot and I plan to list them on my Etsy site.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the process.

Fresh out of the dye pot and hanging in my new studio. :)

Detail of the first bundle, the silk is still wet so the color is bright.

Rose and Loquat prints.

After washing and drying the colors are toned down, beautiful, like pink sherbet.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Demolition Inspiration

Here is the completed final project for Fiona Duthie's Surface Design course. My muse was a photo I took at a demolition site of a home to be renovated and sold. The image of a wall being stripped of red and magenta damask textured wall paper inspired me. I loved the graphic positive and negative shapes that just happened by accident. Since felting is often a surprise, it seemed like a fun place to start.

Techniques used in this piece: Nuno quilting, fabric manipulation, some beads trapped behind red silk chiffon, raised prefelts, and flat pre felts.

Included is a photo of my inspiration board. I enjoy the creative process, and hope this felted bag is as interesting as the images were to me.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

More Surface Alterations in Felting

Embroidery is something I enjoy. I have many memories spending summers embroidering in the sunshine on Lake Sawyer, and it makes me happy working with the colored thread and needle. One of the techniques in Fiona's Duthie's class was to embroider on a piece of pre felt, which you can see in the black and white piece below. I used some wool thread that I had dyed in Indigo, along with a cream colored silk thread.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wool and Felt Additions

Today I am back to working on samples for Fiona Duthie's surface design class. It was fun to work in my new studio space at the School of Visual Philosophy. The concept for this set of examples is to add design details like wool roving, pre felts, and separate elements like spikes.