Monday, February 9, 2009

Heavenly Bodies

I finished another piece of art cloth today, called Heavenly Bodies. It's handwoven black cotton on black cotton on which I discharged the warp with bleach before putting it on the loom. The weaving pattern is an 8-shaft network twill.

The next step was to over-discharge big stencilled spirals, again with bleach.

Today I finished it off by printing on several colors of Lumiere textile paint with various objects and hand-cut stamps.

I'm really happy with it, and it does look to me like the heavens up close. So I guess you could say I've had a heavenly day!

And speaking of stamps, over the last several months I've cut stamps from a variety of media, including lino blocks, easy cut carving material, rubber gasket material and whatever else I could find. By far the easiest to cut and to use is the sticky-backed foam sheets that I adhere to thicker foam after the design is cut. That foam takes dye, paint and ink much more easily than the lino blocks (which at one time was all you could get to cut stamps with), and the foam base makes them extremely easy on the hands to press an impression with. That's just an FYI if you're into cutting your own stamps!

7 comments:

Meg in Nelson said...

Riveting stuff, Connie. I couldn't have believed that stamping would make beautiful cloth if I didn't see it.

Gerrie said...

Wow!!!! This is really fantastic.

Julia said...

I love so many of your pieces, but this one really resonates. It's ... heavenly!

tiedyejudy said...

Absoloutely gorgeous, Connie! What are the dimensions on this piece? I agree with you about the sticky back foam being the easiest. I bought a 12-pack of sheets when I took my class, and they are really handy when the urge to make stamps hits! I haven't tried using thicker foam for a base... where do you get it? is it like what you would use for making cushions?
Have fun!
Judy

frazzledsugarplummum said...

when this image popped up in my inbox my first reaction was WOW. I am very taken with using bleach for discharge. It seems you are taking it to another level with discharged warp used to weave your piece. The successive layers of discharge seem to give the piece great depth. The additional colors really add interest. Love it. Thanks for sharing the work, the process and the tips about stamping. This discharge series is captivating.

Sandra Rude said...

Connie, I love the way the networked twill is the basis of the shapes and colors of the whole design. Starting with a plain cloth wouldn't have provided nearly as much impact. Great work! -- Sandra

katherinesands said...

This is so lovely!