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When I woke up yesterday morning a voice in my head kept telling me I should collect ten things from the basement and try to make an art piece out of them within an hour.
Since the thought persisted I decided why not? I guess I was tired of working on all my current projects. I guess I just needed a break or wanted to do something out of the ordinary. So down I went to the basement and here's a picture of the items I collected.
I guess the items are pretty clear as to what they are, the paper pieces are two used pieces of sandpaper from my husband's workshop, and one of them that is white which is a piece of textured wallpaper. One is a wine cork. And the pink item is a large rubber band and of course the green is Easter plastic grass. So up to my studio I went, set my timer for 60 minutes, and began to create.
Here's a photo of my little art piece it's about 4 x 6 or so.
As you can see I tore the sandpaper and wallpaper pieces to create ragged edges. They were sewn to the black rubber background, and I accented the area with copper metallic paint. I sliced off three circles of the wine cork and clipped into them Vee shapes.
By this point I could see I was making a piece about the passage of time. I glued the three cork shapes at the bottom to indicate movement of the hands of a clock. I have to admit if you're of a certain age they may reminds you of little Pac-Man shapes, but I intend for them to be the faces of A time piece pointing to the movement of time.
The black cord became the hanger for this little Piece and I called it a day, with four minutes left to go in the hour I had allotted myself. I decided to call it "time passes". When I look at it I see the jagged edges and wear and tear on the paper pieces,but I also notice the interesting negative space created by their positioning.
So I took that to mean that despite our changes with aging and getting a little ragged around the edges, we still can create interesting effects on the backgrounds of our lives. This was a fun exercise and I think I will do it again! It wasn't till I was finished that I realized I had only collected nine items instead of 10.
I finished dyeing my second batch of green toned fabric. The second batch is the one on your left as you look at the picture, the first batch is the one on your right.
Some of them may seem similar in the different batches, but if you could see them in person that is not the case. There are variations to the naked eye, and I know there are variations because I introduced different blues and even some yellows into the dyeing recipes, and in the first batch there were none of those colors.
I'm going to move on to brighter and lighter greens next time. I think I still need to make a few adjustments in my process, as I made some adjustments this second time compared to the first. The second time I used 2 cups of water instead of three, 1 tablespoon of salt instead of 2 tablespoons, and I doubled the dye recipe instead of tripled it. I did leave both batches set for over 24 hours and that is variable I'm going to change next time. I think it may be making all of my tones too dark for my liking. So onward and upward, i'll post again soon.
I ran into a bit of delay while weaving this tapestry since I needed some gold yarn before I could keep going, but it finally arrived. It's so much fun to see how the whole piece changes as I add new colors. I'm already imagining what will happen next when I start on the reds. Not to mention the purples after that!
I think this project may be my craziest one yet, although one never knows what I might think of in the future. It's winter, it's cold, and more time is spent inside than outside. I can easily get into a long-term project commitment. So that's what I've done or at least have begun. I've been wanting to dye some fabrics this winter, and searching around online I came upon Rit dye formulas for over 500 colors, using Rit dye core colors that are sold in stores. Looking through all the possibilities is really exciting. I think you can see where this is going.
I decided I would make the commitment to dye all the greens they have available in their dye chart. A rough count told me there's more than 86. I spent about a day thinking of the great monochromatic quilt I could make some day with all those greens, and........well, I started.
No deadline, just an interest to see if I could do it. Here's my first bunch, a group of 14 which I really love. I used fat quarters of Kona cotton PFD and I also dyed a 10 yard length of white cotton warp of each color since I do weaving as well.
These came out a little darker than I expected as I compare them to the color charts, so I'll be making a few adjustments in my next batch. The recommended method is the low water immersion technique. In my next batch I'll use less water and less dyes and maybe even less time spent in the dye baths. So stay tuned for my next selection. I don't know when I'll get to doing it again but I'm thinking probably next week when I get to urge to dye fabric again. I'll keep planning for that monochromatic quilt I'll be making someday.
This article gives hope for a more peaceful world. I could use some hope, and thought you might too!
I bought this red plate when my children were very young. You'll notice that it says you are special today on the rim of the plate. We used this whenever someone had a birthday or special event. On your birthday in our house you were served your birthday cake on the red plate. It really became quite a big deal, I remember the kids excitedly reminding me to get out of red plate on these special times. A few years ago I was looking through my kitchen cupboard and found the red plate. My nest has been empty of children for some time and it seemed time for it to move to a place where there were small children. I gave the plate to one of my sons who was just starting his family. Imagine how meaningful it was when I received the picture you see here yesterday from my son. It was his 36th birthday and he was served his dinner on the red plate! Sure brought back a lot of memories, and I have to admit a little teariness to me. It's nice to see small family customs continued!