What if I try pasting on both sides of a piece with different stencils, and then dye the work?Read More
I've been invited to participate in Grand Marais Art Colony's annual spring theme exhibit, entitled Rhythms of Darkness and Light. Participating artists will make new work in response to the theme. The show will be held March 23 - April 1, 2012. (NOTE: I'll be teaching a katazome workshop at GMAC this coming summer.) As I delve into this rich motif, I will share some of my process here. I'll be working on several closely related pieces simultaneously, one of which will go into this show.
Playing with leaf bundles (as taught by India Flint in her marvy book) last week felt like the perfect way to begin contemplating the theme, allowing space for my imagination to simmer. My intention is to explore the use of these subtle prints as a background to imagery made with layers of rice paste, stencils, and natural pigments (katazome materials and techniques).
Beginning, there many images floating in my mind. A memory of a walk around my local pond near the summer solstice of 2010 is mingling with walks this winter where bare branches - subtle in color - and gray skies are dominant.
As you know if you've visited this blog before, katazome is a centuries old Japanese tradition. Sometimes it's perplexing to explain to people why I am so passionate about these luscious materials and labor-intensive, exacting processes. This article, does a great job beginning to explain it, within the context of an exhibit review. Have a look: Beauty in all things
I was thinking today how monotone winter can be. This weekend it's been raining, sleeting, the snow is dirty and the skies are dark gray. Then I found this photo I snapped a couple of weeks ago ...
I'm dyeing this work with fuchsia and turquoisey-teal, and where they overlap makes a kind of violet. Keeping a softer focus with my eyes and a looser grip on the brush feels great after the concentration needed to paste a repeat. Less fussy. And this approach to the painting should give some softness to the details and edges defined by the stencil.
The little tulips that inspired this pattern are the first bulbs to bloom in my garden. We won't see them again until mid-April or so.