Interlude: Weaving with cloth

I'm taking an online workshop from Jude Hill of Spiritcloth, learning something about her innovative approach to weaving cloth from other cloth. It's a freeing experience for me and such a contrast from my rather structured katazome routine. I really enjoy how quickly these pieces of cloth come together. As I tear strips and weave I am loosening up my thinking. Here are my first few attempts. [caption id="attachment_2654" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="silk, cotton, linen, 2" strips"]silk, cotton, linen, 2" strips[/caption]

These little woven pieces also stimulate my own daydreaming. In the piece above I can see ....

a favorite sateen shirt from 30 years ago limpets gathered on Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland magenta gladiolas from our August garden (which dyed the silk a light green) a cloth "palette" I use to test color and off-load my brush when dyeing katazome an edge of a work called "my sister's house" ...

which of course immediately transports me to my sister's woodsy place with the salty breezes near the coast of Maine.

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I used the little stones as weights for one part of the process but I really like how they look on this piece!

one more...

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Some greens (from pinks)

I completed my experiment with ice-flower dyeing (see book by India Flint) and below are some photos of the process. Really seat-of-the-pants fun. I over-dyed the silk and linen I had previously dyed in birch bark, which resulted in an earthy yellow/neutral, so that keep that in mind when you see all the green tones. Perhaps white would have yielded more blue. First, the final result, which I intend to incorporate in my woven pieces for the Cloth2Cloth workshop I'm enrolled in over at Jude Hill's place.

[caption id="attachment_2631" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="greens from pink gladiolas"]greens from pink gladiolas[/caption]

Then, if you're interested in seeing all the intermediate stages, here are a bunch more photos. What was surprising to me were the beautiful (and ephemeral) blues and purples and pinks from the initial squeezing of the flowers as well as  how much the color  changed with the mordants. The really peachy pink came from the vinegar mordant. The other 2 (of 3) bowls had a bit of alum mordant (one for cellulose and a different one for protein). These really went green, with the silk yielding the most lovely green in my opinion. The warm neutral (not green) silk above came with the vinegar as mordant.

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A diversion of animals and seeds ...

I have been somewhat accident prone these last few weeks. I bruised my left foot in Covelo, nursed it back to normal, then jammed my right foot on the leg of a piece of furniture (yes, ouch!), so am hobbling around and taking it slowly again. We visited the Minnesota State Fair (before I injured my right foot). The Fair ended on Labor Day, and I thought I'd share a few of my favorite pictures. The BEST state fair in the nation, or so I hear!

Why don't chickens hold still?
Why don't chickens hold still?
My favorite State Fair oasis, the DNR fish pond...with ancient Paddle Fish

My favorite State Fair oasis, the DNR fish pond...with ancient Paddle Fish

A favorite seed art piece (annual event in Horticulture Building

A favorite seed art piece (annual event in Horticulture Building

Back to the studio next week!