Today one of our members, Carol Eaton, threw open her home, outside and in, for a fiber art play date. And she opened her stash to us, making materials available for ice dyeing, confetti dyeing, shibori dyeing, stenciling, sun-printing, fabric painting, and stamping. These are fiber artists' playthings, and this is what we do for fun.
http://carolreatondesigns.blogspot.com/. Here she's demonstrating something to Karen and Christina.
Our member Roz had been experimenting with rust dyeing. Carol is helping her take it one step further.
I'm daunted by procedures that ask people to wear masks, but I did it today to do confetti dyeing. Carol uses a deluxe model:
And Christina used a combination of folding and confetti dyeing to create this image like birch trees. I told her it reminded me of the cover of an LL Bean catalog.
We had a grand and wonderful time, and a lunch that included gazpacho, green salad, pasta salad, no fewer than than two kinds of deviled eggs, and biscotti for dessert. Sweet.
The shot above doesn't show every one of us, but I can tell you that of the ten members of the CT Fiber Arts Collective, nine of us played today. Our tenth member, Carol, was on vacation in Ireland. She would have loved this!
That's Mary Lachman on the left, with the white shirt. She's just put out a book of poetry by her grandfather, a country dentist in Indiana in the '30s and 40s. http://www.marylachman.com/
I worked on several projects today. I made these shibori pieces:
Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique traditionally done with indigo dyes, which is what I used today.
And how do you like this? I have the indigo skin to show I've been playing with my art!
I also did some sun prints.
The one below is the latest iteration of my occasional celestial theme:
I also made a spooky night sky using the confetti dyeing technique, which basically involves sprinkling powdered dye over wet fabric.
What a time we had! So many thanks to Carol Eaton for sharing her dyes and her expertise! Not to mention her home and driveway.
And thanks to all the rest of the ladies of the CT Fiber Arts Collective! Do we know how to have fun or WHAT!?