Saturday, September 13, 2008

In Process

I talked about my resistance, last night, with dear friend and artist Joan Gold, and became enlightened to the idea that I am working up to being ready to use my handwoven fabrics. I am in the process of getting to where I want to be...working things out along the way...getting ideas out of my system, as it were...making the marks on cloth that I have envisioned, as I find out what I really grabs my attention and holds it.

I have already discovered that I am far more intrigued with organic, seemingly uncontrolled designs than I had previously imagined. I am drawn to and want to focus on letting the dye and paint go where they want to go instead of imposing structure and boundaries.

Actually, I had an experience of this back in the early 1990s, when I "tried" to paint silk -- I was hoping to be able to do painterly work with gutta (resist goo) that was popular then and now. For me, it was fraught with technical difficulties, until I finally let go of what I thought I wanted to do, and just painted dyes on silk without expectation.

Dye painted silk scarf from 1992This image is of a silk scarf that I dyed in 1992. I have it and two others hanging in my studio now, thinking I'll probably go further with them, finally. They feel unfinished. But they do capture what still excites me about dye on fabric, and so the feeling elicited here is what I am still aiming to achieve, now on handwoven fabric, and now with dye, paint and discharge.


Meg in Nelson said...

Gee, Connie, I've accumulated quite a few of your posts to read. (I have been following the photos, but...) I need a quiet time to do this soon. You've been so productive and deep into the art territory I'm so thrilled about your current posts.

Peg in South Carolina said...

I am so excited for you! I love the silk scarf but I can see the unfinished nature of it. Hang them around, not for the purpose of finishing them, but for the purpose of both pleasure and keeping you on track. I think the most difficult thing about weaving is trying to dissolve the importance of the grid. You can do this with tons of shafts. You can do this with the new high tech looms. But to do this with only 8 shafts is a real challenge, and, I think, a worthwhile one.

Connie Rose said...

Thanks for your comments Meg & Peg. I always appreciate hearing what you both have to say!