“That nothing is static or fixed, that all is fleeting and impermanent, is the first mark of existence. Everything is in process.” (Pema Chodron) From The Painter’s Keys
That’s what I wrote on my blackboard that I just gave new life to in my cellar studio – project continues. I’m set up enough to do some work but still have so much to do that I have little time for art yet. I’ve done a little stitching on one of the ink paintings I did but not much. And there’s deepened meaning to the slow stitching I’ve been adding to some small pieces. Tonight I put a quick and dirty coat of whitewash on an old chest that’s drying now just to clean it up for it’s new home. I go upstairs to collect things I want to bring downstairs and find things I forgot I had, but then when I look for something I had or saw recently, I can’t find what I did with it. Ah, but it’s all part of the process (grrrrinning)! Looking forward to seeing the women in our critique group tomorrow – I need to get out of the house!
Finally, I have a section of my new workspace set up enough to do some work! The Project is ongoing but I pulled out some ecoprints that didn’t hold up on their own but made a great backdrop to do some ink painting on. I certainly need more practice at using the sumi-e ink on fabric. It’s a whole different ballgame than it is on paper.You can’t really call it sumi-e because it’s definitely not done with one brush stroke – it took more than that for the ink to penetrate the fabric. It could be that I hadn’t washed out the mordants so it may have been the culprit, but these will be good to do some thread painting on and see what happens. Just waiting on an order of Isacord thread before I can give it a go. I’d love to her from you if you have any experience with this process and if you have any tips for me.
Ink Painting 2
Ink Painting 2
My generous friend, Yvette, gifted me with tons of what she called fabric scraps but there were many bags of silk remnants, some quite large pieces left over from making her gorgeous silk scarves that you can see here. They’re all sorted and in plastic bins. I’ll start washing those out and give it a try on some of those.
I also began a sewing project using some of the wool I ecoprinted this year. I made a basic pattern shape for a short tunic but I’m adjusting as I go along. I have to steal the time for these efforts in between my endless cleaning. I’m not much of a seamstress, though, so I really have to focus on what I’m doing for this.
Any of you have a pattern like this? I’m not at all sure that what I’m doing will actually be wearable! Hopefully, I’ll soon find out.