Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gathering Pieces

I'm beginning to gather fabric, screen prints, etc for a series I'll be working on in 2013.  While some friends were here at the studio for a "play day", I did some pounded fabric to have on  hand for this series.  Tonight I remembered to check on it and it was all ready to iron.  I'm very pleased with how it all turned out! Love using Lumiere paints in this technique!!  These are close up photos.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

So True!

I'm busy working away on about 4 projects today in the studio but I just had to take a break to post something.  As for many of you...this is the season for mountains of mail-order catalogs.  While I seldom order anything...they keep coming.  I have to admit, I do enjoy looking through them anyway.  Daydreaming perhaps. In one yesterday, I saw this saying on a T-shirt for purchase.  I think it bears sharing. (My apologies to those who also get catalogs and have seen this a bazillion time - this was my first.)

Earth without ART is just "Eh"

I love it! Short, sweet and to the point. I couldn't agree more! 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Manhole Cover Project Rebirth

It's been a while now since this story began.

I had just completed a workshop on lino cutting and printing when I was downtown Minneapolis with a friend and we found the Nicollet Mall manhole covers designed by Kate Burke.  Possibly because I had just taken that workshop but I sooooooo saw them as beautiful potential lino prints!  With the help of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, I was able to get in touch with Kate and she graciously gave me permission to use her art and to interpret it into mixed media textile art.  Then life went slightly (ok...a lot) off the rails and the project sat dormant for a bit. But starting in an online group with no rules and the artists get to chose their theme and size, etc., I knew it was time to dust it off and get it done!!

Here are the manhole covers on the Nicollet Mall as shown on Kate Burke's website.  You can see why I fell in love with them!!

So although I do have a couple of them cut already, I'm using the one I'm currently working on so you can see the whole process.  So far I have a printout of the photo, made a line drawing from that photo, transferred the image to the print block and have just begun to carve out the bits I don't want printed.

It is a long process...the cutting part.  And actually I think the wolf is the most difficult image of the 11 of them. And so it begins......

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Reason to Iron!!!

Was just sent this link from a friend and HAD to pass it on.  I KNOW how all of us just LOVE ironing....

This would be the only thing that would convince me to heat up the iron for something other than melting angelina!!! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

OK...find that iron (might need to dust it off a bit....)and MAKE  ART!!!!