Saturday, July 12, 2014

Welcome to My Studio "Where Bloggers Create 2014"

I hesitated to participate in Karen Valentines' blog party because when I had the time to take photos I didn't have time to "straighten" up.  I thought about it and realized that this is how I work, how I roll. You may see sewing machines sitting on the floor as I had just come back from teaching and that's where they got put.  You will see steamers on the table and dye stuff on the counters and all sorts of random items that are not "put away".  Sometimes it's even messier than this, this is reality, this is a working studio.

I have been a fiber artist for many years.  I created handwoven clothing for several of those years, dyeing my own yarns and silks for linings.  I hand dye ribbon, lace, vintage fabrics, silks, scarves, clothing, you name it I've probably dyed it.  I use fiber reactive dyes, acid dyes, natural dyes and in recent years I've become enamored with using leaves and flowers to create dye prints on fabric and paper.

I am always on the hunt for vintage laces, doilies, unloved garments to up cycle, and vintage fabrics and linens to incorporate in garments and fabric books.

See my gallery page for samples of my work and see the events page for places I'll be teaching and vending in the USA.

To see other artists who are participating in the blog party you need to click on the button on the right which takes you to Karen's blog then scroll down to the bottom to see all the artists links you can click on.

Without further ado, welcome.


Outside dye tables are set up.


Entering studio dye station on left.




The door directly across from the entry goes into the storage area and then out the back.  This space is   for storage of props for vending and tubs of equipment for teaching.


Entry to the right you see a work table and a view into the main studio area.


sewing stations



Views from other angles.





Entering room addition where the clothing lives.







Bins full of lace and doilies


Back outside and headed to the house


I'm so glad you stopped by and please feel free to leave comments!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Vintage Finds and Rust Dyeing

This last Saturday I attended the Remnants of the Past show in Santa Clara with my friend Wendy.  These are my finds:








I've already soaked the soiled and musty smelling pieces and hung them out to air a few days.  Now they are ready to use in some creation, probably a garment for upcoming Art Unraveled Shopping Extravaganza vendor day.

The last few days I've been experimenting with rust dyeing and love the results I'm getting.


I have the next few days to work on garments, dye ribbon, and prepare kits for teaching as I am going to Oregon on Monday for the week.  Michael is flying me to Klamath Falls where I will stay with Roxanne Evans Stout for a couple of days.  Susan Wooldridge will join us so we can "scheme" about our plans for the Kauai 2015 retreat the three of us will host.  My sister Jan will also join us and then I will go to Medford where she lives and stay a few days before I get picked up on Sunday.

After I'm home there is only a short time left before I take to the road and drive to Phoenix for Art Unraveled.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Second Day of Dye Print Book Workshop

I had a wonderful time at the two day workshop and met some fantastic people!  The first day we dye printed fabrics and paper at my studio and the second day we used those to construct books at a beach house in Aptos.  Again I did not get pictures of everyones but here are some samples of what was done.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Remnants of the Day

Six lovely ladies were at my studio today to gather leaves, flowers, and even a rusty spiral wench like tool to use in dye printing paper and fabrics.

You'll hear me say time and again I get so caught up in workshops I forget to stop and take pictures so after everyone is gone and the sun is heading west lower and lower in the sky I look around and see remnants.  A sign that something unusual and wonderful happened.