Friday, January 27, 2012

turning it into a story

I've been looking at the cloth work I made last fall very intently.

Ironing it.

Pinning it to my wall and standing back.

Folding and rolling it.

Writing about it.

Photographing it.

Getting to really know it.

What is it communicating?

How can I show it so that what I want to say is clear?
studio view of the north channel of Lake Huron

11 comments:

arlee said...

presentation opens up interpretation!

Dolores said...

Beautiful shot of a peaceful lake.

Margaret said...

Um hmm. Yes. I can see that. Definitely! :-)

Anonymous said...

your cloth is beautiful!
is it silk?
what did you bundle it with?

yum...i saw the first pic and immediately thought 'cowl neck dress.'
:-)
or tunic.

if you made it into a piece of 'wearable art,' you could share it with everyone!

eb said...

so very elegant
and...
oddly
a mole, tiny mouse or shrew
also come to mind
their pelts
mind you
but nature
is always
dressed in elegance
yes?
here in the woods
doxie pup
finds these
to show mama
I too am curious
as to how
you achieved these
luscious colors
the plum and grape jams
the pelt tones
mist over water
fog
and earth...

so many stories
and the spaciousness
of your view
carries my longing
to move through space
and not slip
on the ice
covering my world...

always
enjoy visiting you,

xox - eb.

Karen said...

Gorgeous textile! Is it a bundle-dyed textile? I haven't tried that technique yet.

Jacky said...

Beautiful...gentle. It is very feminine (maybe that is the cowl?).

I've been ecodyeing today too.

Jacky xox

jude said...

the story is the exchange

Judy Martin said...

The fabric is silk-wool gauze.

rose leaves and maple leaves were laid onto damp fabric after being dipped in vinegar.

A similar sized piece of handkerchief linen that had been soaked in soya milk for a week and then dried, was dampened and laid on top.

Everything was then folded into a bundle with the linen on the outside. Wrapped tight. Put into the compost for a month.

Then I steamed the bundle in a pot that had some iron bits in it.

I'm pleased with both pieces of fabric.

Velma said...

it's lovely, and your getting to know it.
i love lake huron. love it.

Marti said...

Compost in gardening enriches the soil. Compost in dyeing, embraces the cloth, deepens the bundle, encourages the cloth maker to continue the process and in so doing, a story of marking and making comes full circle, time and time again.