Autumn Joy

Autumn Joy

It is autumn!  What  gorgeous days we’ve been having here in New England! I’m so glad the weather is holding out so I can get outdoors to do the deconstructive Screen Printing that I just learned!  These are stars of the show right now. In the early summer all of the logenberries fall off the tree at once around the fourth of July. But now something has been eating into all these leaves and I’m left with some fabulous leaves to provide texture with on my screens!

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Everywhere I look I see possibilities to use in my art! Below, some Autumn Joy and tall grasses at the Ipswich River Sanctuary.

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The Artworks

Among us were varied experience levels with this medium.  I had never done simple silk screening, nevermind deconstructive silk screens,

but I took to it immediately.  I love it – it’s a medium that seems second nature to me and, right from the start, I was getting results

that I’ve been trying to achieve with other mediums not as perfectly suitable as this one.  

These are mine:

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In order to preserve the dye these need to be wrapped in plastic and placed in a warm place for some hours to set.

New ones are already batching.

Cindy cranked out some fun pieces:


Diana’s tjanting waxed screen below left which also incorporates the center screen, and on the right, successive prints

and what’s left on the screen in her hands. As you can see, Diana is quite good at this.   She won the Conant grant

from the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild for 2014.  Her journey is chronicled here.

She’s a talented upstart to keep your eyes on!

tjanting waxed screens[2] quick build window screens[2] copy dianas arrowheads[7]

Patricia played with a lovely gourd using many of the techniques we were taught with great results.

                                          pumpkin newspaper resist[6]

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Left: Sita’s soothing work,” courtesy of Diana G.  Right: one of Judy’s multi-layered DSPs.

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This is one of Diane’s DSPs.  She has recently published a new book on dying and Procion MX dyes.  You can see it here:

diane working back into fabric[8]

Miki’s DSPs below (again thanks Diana). Canning lids were used to make the first screen and, you can see the screen that made this seashell print here.

           canning jar lids[2]     mikis seashell[2]

It’s crazy that my camera died before I could get so many pics, but that’s the way it was.  One person that I didn’t get any pics of her

or her art is Lois, a great gal!  We connected with one another.  Go here to check her out!

                                                                          Also, Ann produced some fine works and was the only one not to work on textile, but on paper.                                                                             She was working on some stunning works in class but her art can be seen on her own website.

                                                               And Tomi’s pieces are on this page. Sorry if I missed anyone here – I enjoyed being with each one of you!                                                    

And then there was Judy from Cape Cod who was lots of fun but did not want her picture taken!

And finally….drum roll…. the queen bee of DSP herself, and a really fine person as well!

                                                  Kerr’s fabulous piece and exemplar of mark making!                                               

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Once again, this photo is courtesy of Diana Guenther.

Thank you Kerr!

The Students At Work

Everyone was charged with energy and immersed in the moment – every moment!  No time was wasted.  We arrived early and stayed late – thanks to the patience and forbearance of Vickie! The myriad of talents and skills of these women was a collective buzz!

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Tomi and I shared a table.
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Cindy was right behind me and our behinds were bumping all through the days! LOL!
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Helen was also right behind me but on the end of the table.
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Andi, another MA resident from the south shore.
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Thanks Diana for the pic!
Thanks Diana for the pic of Lois.

And you can go to Kerr’s FB page to see me at play and while you’re there, peruse the rich and creative art of a very talented woman!

This was a group that was meant to be together, if only for a short time – a special time! My life has been greatly enriched at their presence in my life.

For some great pics of some of the artwork that was done, I’m linking to Diane Franklin’s,  On Art, Inspiration and Everyday Life. My phone/camera died before I could get a bunch of pics, Diane’s was among those.  But I’ll be seeing more of Diane  and my guess is that you will too. (We both belong to SDA and have a meeting next Saturday at Pro Chem, of all places!)

Stay tuned for the artwork in my next post!