It’s been a long, hot summer here in New England! And dry as a bone with withering lawns everywhere.  Grass is yellow and brown.  As I forage for art supplies that I pick off trees and shrubs, some whole branches are so dry and brittle they’re snapping and breaking off in my hands.The pigment in leaves seems to be leaching out with the heat.

My blog is usually a week or so behind what I’m actually doing because of the lingering process of curing time before washing, ironing and photographing. My process keeps changing as I experiment and learn. I cure my printed and dyed fabric longer than I used to – a week or two. I used to boil but now I steam everything. One of the most dramatic changes comes from longer cook times.  I steam from 2 to 4 hours, usually closer to four.

Although I have increased my overprinting, in this case, I wanted a clean, crisp print with a lot of white in the background. So, I dumped my dark, muddy water and started over with clean, fresh water in the steamer. It was a good decision.

It’s Off The Wall Friday over at Nina Marie’s!

Posted by:turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

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