Tuesday, August 16, 2011

update on eco dyeing and works in progress

The short periods of time I am able to work in the studio I am. My eye doctor says I can do focus work for 30 minutes at a time then take at least an hour break. I can work up to 5 hours a day. You know how hard it is to be focused on creating something and have to stop at 30 minutes? Very hard. The creative juices get flowing and then I have to cut them short and it's very frustrating but I know it's important so I'm doing it.

Slowly, slowly I am getting things done ............. eco dye samples unbundled and colored, embellishing scarf lengths with embroidery and beads, class samples for applications to art retreats, and garments I'm upscaling.

ceanothus on silk

cotton shirt and eucalyptus

Yerba Santa on silk - The leaves gave nice prints but the purple flower not so much

manzanita bath yielded a soft pinkish tan color

eucalyptus on silk noil

ripe elderberry

green blackberry leaves on silk, wrapped on copper pipe. Funny how the leaves didn't leave any color at all but the copper tinged the outline of the leaves

sweet vintage glass buttons I considered adorning this scarf with but I couldn't bring myself to cut them off the card. Is that silly? I have these cards of buttons displayed in my studio and think they are little works of art in themselves.