By the way…did you know that I signed up for a textiles studio art class this semester? It’s such a joyful thing to be back in the studio creating–for fun, experimenting with new and old techniques, and being inspired by the other students. I really, really missed the magic that comes from independent creative work done in group settings.
My first assignment was a response to a specific place: the woods by my old apartment where I used to go on daily walks. I had numerous spiritual experiences out there, experiences that were outside of ordinary reality. This piece is a reflection on the haziness of memory and reality.
The background layer–cotton poplin ombre-dyed with mushroom (myrobalan). The bottom edge was briefly dipped into an iron post-mordant, which very quickly darkened the color. (Or “saddened” it, a phrase which I can’t help but love.) Directions suggested a post-mordant of fifteen minutes but the change in color was so dramatic and swift that I pulled it out after a minute or two.
Overlaid with silk organza ombre-dyed in myrobalan and indigo.The finished piece includes embroidery and dyed paper. It’s a small thing, relatively, (approx 24 x 16), and the delicate nature of it was hard for me to capture by camera phone. Anyhow, fun to be working and thinking in new ways.
Already I am seeing more color and texture in my environment…and reminded of the adventures in perception.
What a difference an art class makes, right? ; )