Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Shrug in a new colour

I've been trying to get into the photo studio to photograph some of the many things that I've been working away on. One of which is a new colour shrug that I'm excited about. I ombred some yarn (meaning I dyed it going from intense colour to lighter) and then knit with it. The result was this shrug...I'm pretty happy with it.

And of course I used super soft hand spun merino wool. It's funny cause I don't really wear my shrug in the winter...its more of a spring/summer/fall type thing to wear (especially in the evenings over a cute dress)...although I must admit that I have worn mine to bed a few times in the winter when I need a little extra warmth.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Earth Hues and Indigo

This week I have been working with one of my past instructors testing some new things in the studio.

First, I got to play with some natural pigments that are called Earth Hues...I don't have a ton of technical information on these (although it's coming) but I wanted to show you the lovely colour palette that's available with these lovely pigments. In school, we didn't really get to play with these so much, this is the first time I was able to screen with them. The fabric prep for these is quite long...we had to scour for 2-hours, mordant for an hour and then make fresh soy milk so that we could size the fabric too. These def require some planning!

Second, we tried out several indigo recipes. Mostly we were looking for one for wool...success! We started a vat for wool that left the wool still feeling soft.

I also was able to play with devore--which is when you apply a mild acid to a blend (for example silk linen fabric) and the acid "burns" out the cellulose (which in this example is the linen). It's pretty fun to play with. I tested it on a soy and silk blend and well, the soy behaved like a protein instead of a plant fibre! So it didn't burn out but it left a very cute pattern. I also dyed the fabric in indigo.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Out of school and looking for inspiration

I must admit that since I graduated I have struggled. Struggled to find inspiration. Struggled with motivation. What's wrong with me? Am I just burnt out from working SO much these last two years?

There are so many questions that I just don't have answers to at the moment. What do I want to do? What do I want to make? What ideas do I want to develop further? AHHHH.

Ok, I'm being dramatic but the thing is, when you're in school (especially textile art school), it's quite easy to be inspired...inspiration comes from lectures, professors, your's a challenging environment but it's so great for creating. Maybe I just need some pressure?

So this leads me to what this post was actually supposed to be about...inspiration and some of the things that I have been thinking about lately. I have been thinking about a couple of Louises and a Lenore. First, the passing of Louise Bourgeois. Second, Louise Nevelson--a quote of hers "True strength is delicate"--I've been really thinking about the concept of delicate strength and working on some ideas surrounding this. Third, Lenore Tawney--my most favourite of textile artists--she is a constant source of inspiration for me.

So this post was written, mostly for myself. I have been wanting to get a few things straight in my creative mind...this helps. I hope it helps you too.
I leave you with this beautiful picture of Lenore...this was my desktop for a long time.