Saturday, November 11, 2017

Contain Yourself




I am delighted to be one of the 22 vendors at the Merry Makers Marketplace at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City on November 17th & 18th.  I will also be one of three artists doing a talk next Tuesday for "Coffee @ 10" as part of the promotion for the event. 

I have been in creation mode to get many fabric boxes done in preparation. 


I  refer to them as Functional Self Art, with the prompt to "Contain Yourself" 
on my tags & cards for the fair. 

 




  
 The process has multiple phases. From the first layer of paint on the canvas, then three or more layers of texture & stencils, covering the sturdy Pelon with a fabric for the liner, to the pieces being sewn to create the final structure. I truly enjoy the entire endeavor as well as coming up with my own patterns for each size & shape of container. 

Stay tuned for how this goes. It's my market research for the containers I've been obsessed with. 


Friday, September 8, 2017

I'm a Bag Lady


I can't help myself. Paint on fabric that becomes little bags. It's my thing right now.


 
Background layer.

The thought process of what colors, imagery, & in what order is what sucks me in. 
Then the decision of when to stop has to be made. 


Titan Buff ovals were the final layer. 

 This card from a friend was my inspiration.


 
  This little book is so helpful in mixing acrylics to get the color I have in my head. 


Although this book is for watercolor, it points me in the right direction. This is a 2007 edition. 
The link above is for a more current & inclusive edition for oil & acrylic. 


Then this happened.


 A new set of decisions to be made. 


I could have stopped here but couldn't resist the spiral I added seen in the finished bag. 


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Photo Contests & Some Fabric Painting



The deck upgrade we did earlier this summer has been a joy! We spend so much more time there now that we can see the woods while sitting. The air movement is better, it just feels very different.  It was a great project. The company, Feeney,  who makes the "Rail System" we used has a photo contest, as does the company where we got new planters for the deck.  Of course I took the bait & entered both. We should be getting a kick back from Feeney as there are several folks in our Condo Assoc who want to do the same upgrade.







Now it feels like fall will arrive soon  & more time will be spent in the studio. 


A sneak peak at my current fabric project. Details to follow.  


Have a great Holiday weekend!