Wednesday, February 18, 2015

playing with images

Viva Gallery is an artists cooperative that I am proud to be a member of, and we recently featured a group show, where we each took home an 8x8 canvas, to go all arty on. Now for the painters, this was not such a "think outside of the box" kind of challenge but as a weaver and sometime jeweler, it was a little bit a stretch.

Since I had of course waited until the last minute, a tapestry image was not going to happen. I have had a chicken laying an egg, tapestry in the works for about 10 years now. So scratch that.

I have always liked the idea of finding a way to combine fiber with one of my other passions, ie; glass or photography. That led to the slippery slope of learning about image transfer so I could print one of my favorite images onto fabric and then include that in a weaving that looks like birch bark, partly because of a cool Habu yarn called Aresco cotton.  So I choose a tree image but also printed a bunch of my other favorites to play with later.

For the transfer I choose to use a method where a gel medium is layered on the fabric and using your image; that has been ink jet printed onto a transparency paper, you burnish it onto the fabric. While this did work. I didn't like that the image was not as darkly black as my moo cards, that I had printed up for hang tags. Long story short, after many trials, I ended up sewing my moo card image to my weaving. Oh well. The show must go on...However I have not given up on the idea of image transfers being used in my weaving.

Using an app called Paper to sketch out ideas for my square









trying out the printed fabric image and not liking it
printed images on fabric on the left and images still on the clear transfer paper to the right
Images laid out on the gel before burnishing
Some of the finished squares





Sunday, January 25, 2015

2nd Monday weavers

Our weavers gathering for January was a rather large group , hosted at fellow weavers, Katherine's lovely restored farmhouse.

My weaving contribution was the final bamboo m's and o's scarves off the loom, leaving me only a few days to weave something for a group show at Viva Gallery. My idea for an image transfer onto a weaving that looked like birch bark was only partially successful. It was lots of fun to think of my weaving in an "out of the box" kind of way. My next post will be about this weaving.

Judging from the amount of work that I photographed at this gathering, not everyone was suffering from the same, post traumatic Christmas syndrome; that I was. I should be over it any time now. There were so many projects flying about, I am lucky if I saw half of them. Thanks Kathleen and Bob, for hosting our gaggle of weavers. It is funny though, how the husbands and sometimes the dogs disappear into the nether regions of the house, while we are there. Appearing briefly to do their outdoor chores, dog in tow. I am thinking that en masse, we are a bit fiber fanatical to seem entirely "safe" to those not similarity afflicted.

Wall hangings by ELIN using linen, cotton, prairie grass,beads and a photo/ my birch bark 8x8 weaving
 

Beautiful needle felted barn owl by Kris
Pomegranate pear salsa, maple syrup pie and a lovely cake that for some reason looks fiberyish to me

Barb B's overshot, both on the same threading/ Barb M's shadow weave/ rigid heedle plaid by Barb B/ potholder by Susan on Elin's rug and monks belt? Scarf by Denise
Barb B's felt bag full of weaving. Great idea for a bag with interchangeable woven panels


My bamboo M's and O's scarf



 


 

Friday, December 12, 2014

neither rain nor snow...

So, although it was a small and perhaps foolhardy group to brave the icy road conditions, we sure had a good time at our December weavers gathering. Bonnie's home was so warm and inviting, it was a pleasure to sit by the fire on such a dreary day.
We met a new weaver; Barb who drove all the way from Wauzeka. She pulled one beautiful weaving project after another out of her felted bag, ala Hermoine. The one that really took my breath away was a bamboo/tencel overshot table runner in warm fall colors. I don't know why I think that I don't like overshot. Guess I have always had it in my head that it is too "old lady"; disregarding the fact that I fit squarely in the old lady category. Now I am excited to give it a try.  The same for crackle weave after seeing how beautiful Judith's sampler yardage turned out. So, bravo ladies for turning what could have been a gloomy day at home, into a day of fiber inspiration and extremely well fed tummies.
 
Lamb brats/ homemade bread and springerle cookies= YUM


Barb's overshot table runner/shawl and triangle wool plaid shawl

Bonnie's wool sweater and fleeces





one of Susan's pillows/ one of Elins  iridescent scarves of hand dyed rayon warp/ Judiths crackle weave

Judiths crackle weave and her knitted vest/ my bamboo M's and O's scarves with my new hang tags.





Sunday, November 30, 2014

artists spaces

One of my favorite artists lives in an old stone house straight out of Hansel and Gretal. Surrounded by her lively chickens outside and with her woodblock print artwork displayed throughout her quaint house, it is a treat getting a glimpse of her life. Audrey Chritie and her Short Horse Studio are part of the Fall Art Tour near Dodgeville WI in October and I find it hard to pass up a chance to visit her and her artful home.

I hope you get a chance to see her work and some of the other featured artists at next years tour.

My fair lady by Audrey Christie
 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

gathering at Judith's

While the November winds have blown winter in a little faster than I am mentally prepared for, our weavers group enjoyed our newest weaver friend, Judith's, sunlight filled home. All of our homes, I am sure reflect a lot about who we are, and Judith's was so welcoming and filled with art (alot of it hers) that it was just a pleasure to be there and get to know her better. I especially loved her weaving space. I do have a soft spot for Glimkra looms and her Julia is the perfect loom for her space. One of the many things that I love about our group is the inspiration that it provides and this meeting was no exception.

 
 
Crackle weave
 
 

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

2nd Monday at Barbs

Tomatillos from Barbs garden

 

Barb's newest rep weave warp

 

Well it seems that I am a little behind in my blog posts. So here is a whirlwind tour of our October gathering at Barbs house. Barbs beautiful rep weave warp is probably a finished rug now; so I can't wait to see it. Kathy shared the felted pieces that she made at a workshop with felter Janice Arnold. Judith showed us her knitting from the Pop Knitting book. Susan inspired us with her woven crying towels and her coverlet. I got to show off my knitted Habu paper mohair jacket. All in all a very fibery gathering.
My Habu paper mohair jacket

 

Susan's coverlet