Since my current art making activities have slowed down to a snail's pace, I thought I'd take new images of the best of my previous work, and post them here. Most of you readers weren't following me when I created these works so they'll be new to you.
This is my best ~ and my favorite ~ piece of art cloth. It's a length of handwoven silk that was originally a woven shibori scarf. For those who might not be familiar with the term, woven shibori is a process of weaving supplementary weft (crosswise) threads into a piece of handwoven fabric, and after weaving, those threads are drawn up on both sides to compress the fabric. Then the piece is dyed. The process is basically the same as would be hand stitching drawing-up threads into a piece of commercial fabric, gathering up those threads and then dyeing the fabric. With woven shibori, the draw-up threads are woven into the fabric right on the loom. The hand process is called mokume, and in either case, those threads are later removed entirely after the fabric has been dyed.
This piece is called Undersea; finished size is 11 x 47 inches. I created it in 2006.
It looked vastly different from this when it was originally finished as a scarf. The colors didn't work for me. So I began discharging the color out and overdyeing it multiple times, using different shibori techniques each time to create the final fabric. Lastly I added gold pen squiggles and foil squares.
I decided after all to read the entire Inspector Lynley series by Elizabeth George. I just finished the prequel, A Suitable Vengence. It took me longer than usual to read, not because it was exceptionally long, but because I got bogged down in the family history stuff for the initial 100 pages before the first murder occurred. It was clear sailing after that point. I'll probably never get over the fact that in the books, Thomas Lynley is a blond, while protrayed in the TV series by Nathaniel Parker, Lynley has dark brown hair. In my mind's eye, Lynley will always be dark haired. So be it.
And guess who baked another cheesecake yesterday?! (I.H. ~ I'll bring you a taste this afternoon.)
That's all the news for the moment from my corner of paradise. Have a great Friday. xo