Fiber Sculptures

I’m showing some of my fiber sculptures at Highlands Art Garage in Wilmington this month. This space also houses Barrel of Makers and a classroom where I teach. It’s always fun to see the  sculptures in a new space.

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Thanks to everyone who came out on first Friday. If you are still interested in seeing the show stop in on the next 2 Saturdays anytime from 10-2:30 pm. I also have a Felting Workshop happening on Thursday Oct. 20th, 6-9 pm where I’ll be teaching participants how to make a felted coaster and a bowl. you can register online here.

Inspiration

Summer is here! Yes my garden has weeds and yes my house is dirty, but if you want me I’ll be in the studio.

My plan is to make lots of new paintings and sculptures in the next 2 months. I have tons of inspiration from my hikes so I thought I’d share some photos from my phone. I love fungus. There are so many different varieties. I don’t really care what they’re called I’m just thrilled when I find them. The forms inspire me but also their growth patterns. I’m planning some silk and wool wall hung pieces inspired from these beauties.

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Fungus Purple

Cascaed of Fungus

Ruffly Fungus

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Orange Fungus 2

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The last 2 were taken by Susan Benarcik, a fellow artist and fungus lover. Everyone in my hiking group now stops for fungus and yells for me to come look, it’s great. These might inspire my paintings as well who knows. The subtle colors and so soothing.

Rust Dyed Silk

I love the color of rust. Where some people see decay and crud I see beauty. When I’m hiking with friends we often come across old discarded rusty metal bits and pieces and now everyone knows to give them to me. I’ve been collecting these objects for a while now and I finally got around to doing the deed. It’s not hard and I found great directions at www.hobbyfarms.com written by Maggie Howe.

The process takes a few days for the metal objects to leave an imprint on the fabric. Here’s how to do it. I used silk organza, I love the transparence of organza and use it for jewelry and my sculptures. I wet it with a mixture of 50%water and 50% vinegar. I let the fabric be folded over onto it’s self randomly and made sure it was soaking wet.

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I laid the objects down gave it all another spritz of the water vinegar solution, covered it with plastic and weighted it down with heavy objects.

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It’s important to make sure the objects are in contact with the fabric and the plastic helps to keep it wet the whole time. I checked it daily to make sure it was still wet and because I was so anxious to see how it was doing. After 3 days I removed the objects and here’s what I got. You can see the places where the fabric was folded I got a repeat of the objects imprint.

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I made some soldered jewelry with feathers and matching earrings and cuffs. Some of these pieces are at the Alternatives Gift Shop at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts now. I have a few left that I plan to list in my shop next week.

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Now I’m wondering what else I can dye with rusty objects!

In the Studio

Last week I finished 2 new fiber pieces to enter into a juried show. Both pieces had parts that were already made I just needed to follow through on my ideas to make them finished sculptures. In the case of the fungus sculpture below I dyed the sewn, nuno felted silk parts and stitched them to some painted linen that is sewn on a round piece of wire. Something about the perfect circle contrasts nicely with the organic growth of the fungus. It reminds me of a cut down tree which is where fungus can grow. My artist friend Susan Benarcik told me it reminds her of looking through a microscope and I like that idea as well.

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The second piece is something I started a long time ago and decided to add more to. It’s one of those things that I could just keep adding to but for now it’s done. The sense of accomplishment that comes with completion feels good and these sculptures can easily be packed up and sent out to shows.

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I also made a heart garland for my living room. I spray mounted silver wrapping paper onto both sides of a piece of poster board and cut out hearts. I doodled with white paint marker on some and left some plain. After punching holes and adding wired ribbon I added them to a long piece of skinny white ribbon. Using wired ribbon for the hearts means you can give them a little twist to keep them in place on the line when it’s hung up.

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You can watch a video tutorial here on my other blog Paper Wood Paint of one I made last year with scraps of wrapping paper from Christmas.

 

 

In the Studio

So I said I was going to post something that I made every week. I was sick last week so this is a post for 2 weeks. I finished and sent out my thank you notes. It always seems more heart felt when they’re hand made. I used a stamp my daughter Delaney made, scrapbooking paper and letter stamps.

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I also finished my catalog folding. A little late. I wish I would have made it heart shaped, oh well.

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In the studio I’m brushing off some old work and bringing it forward. I’m dyeing these silk and wool forms to be made into a new piece. Stay tuned.

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Silk Sculpture

My show Overflowing at Crane Arts in Philadelphia is open through April 27 with a second opening Thursday April 10th from 6 – 9 pm.

Here’s a short video of my new silk and wool sculpture Natural Growth. After installing the piece I discovered that it moved when someone walked by it. Not sure how close or how fast one would need to be to create the movement I videotaped myself going by it a few times. I like how there’s a little movement even after I’ve left the frame.