A gift to self

Across the threshold of this new year I found time and space to bring this cloth, long in the making, near completion. Some elements that have long sought a home have found one.

Arranging squares yesterday - pure pleasure - I thought of how the strips and swatches of fabric hold memory in a tactile, visceral, yet gentle form. Maybe that is the allure of cloth for me. There is also a conversation. The cloth talks to me and to my many teachers.

I found some handkerchief weight linen that will make a nice backing for this. Before winter is over I will cover up with it and daydream.


Results of katazome on canvas

Here's the result of the piece shown in progress in the previous post. I decided not to add any text over the water in the central portion; anything else would make it too busy. I used Surikomi Bake (dyeing brushes) to paint on multiple layers (3-4) of natural pigments  using soy milk as the binder. I enjoyed working with the canvas. Katazome materials and techniques are so elegant and adaptable; it is a  joy to use them to explore ideas like this.

NOTE: as of 8/23 my workshop has been cancelled.

Glimpse; Katazome; natural pigments on cotton canvas, 3x5', 2013

Detail 1

Detail 2

detail 3

Beginning katazome workshop offering

I'm offering a beginning katazome workshop in my home this September, over 2 consecutive weekends, Sept. 7-8 and Sept. 14-15. Please check my [workshop page] for complete details.

NOTE: as of 8/23 the workshop has been cancelled.

The workshop is limited 4 students. I'm wishing for warm sun so we can work outside as much as possible! 

the gazebo offers some work space, as does the yard and garden

Last week I began to work on a katazome piece, combining stencils in a way I have not done before. Decades ago a large window in our front porch was covered over with framework and stucco when a garage was put in. A former owner made a loose landscape painting on canvas, and bolted it to the wall to cover up the ugly 3x5' spot. I've wanted to replace this with something more meaningful. So I made a composition using 3 different stencils on a piece of 12 oz. cotton duck/canvas. The photo below shows the canvas after these stencils have been pasted. None of the stencils were designed for the compositional space.  While working, I masked some areas and allowed other areas to dry partially (i.e. to the not-so-sticky state) before pasting right next to them. This was a tricky process but I think the weight of the canvas made it easier.

design pasted on cotton duck piece approx 3x5' 

design pasted on cotton duck piece approx 3x5' 

Once the paste was dry, I painted on the natural pigments rather freely, softening  the hard edges where the rectangular parts of the composition meet. My intention is to paint a stanza of a favorite poem over the central water pattern.

In a week I'll rinse the paste off and share the result here.

canvas with 3 + layers of pigments/soymilk

canvas with 3 + layers of pigments/soymilk