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


  1. presentation opens up interpretation!

  2. Beautiful shot of a peaceful lake.

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

  4. Anonymous1:31 pm

    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!

  5. so very elegant
    a mole, tiny mouse or shrew
    also come to mind
    their pelts
    mind you
    but nature
    is always
    dressed in elegance
    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
    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...

    enjoy visiting you,

    xox - eb.

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

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

    I've been ecodyeing today too.

    Jacky xox

  8. the story is the exchange

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.


Thank you for taking the time to connect. Much appreciated.xx