This piece is progressing rapidly. I'm obsessed with it. I love that the hoop seems to be magnifying and intensifying the shapes in the lower right corner.
Today I had brunch with a wonderful and inspiring friend who is taking a huge life step. We talked about evolution and former selves and future selves.
And I realized that this current creative burst that I'm having is about processing through past-current-future self stuff.
None of the pieces are pre-planned, they are all just what needs to come out at any given moment. It is evident that there's an element of flow. Some is watery, some is electric. Some is meaty and some is toothy.
For the last few days, since Mazie's dress project started, we have been dyeing fabrics.
I had some fiber reactive dyes and supplies leftover from a yarn-dyeing phase a few years ago, and we've been burning through those.
None of the colors were right for Mazie's pink dress, so we've been practicing some different folding techniques.
We are dyeing linen, cotton, rayon, silk, and velour.
Mazie has designed dresses for the three of us.
Because she doesn't take anything anything-but-seriously, we are making the dresses. Starting with yards and yards of white cotton fabric.
We each chose colors according to Mazie's design. Olive chose turquoise, Mazie chose pink, and mine will be ombré (if the Universe agrees.)
Olive's we tie dyed. (And I snuck a large scarf for me into her dyepot!)
Mazie's we didn't have the right color dye to do justice, so we will have to start again. I hated to make her wait another day for her fabric, but it was so washed out, not at all like her beautiful design.
One of the most difficult things to learn is that it's all a process. It's all layers. Sometimes we get it right on the first try, but often it takes another layer of effort to get to the desired result.
I wish I had taken an image of Mazie's first product, but I didn't. We decided to layer some pink over the red to brighten it up, but misread the label, and it was purple instead. Purple won't do. So this will be the fabric for my dress, and we will try again for the perfect pink.
So this piece is expanding. Ever more flow. Advice from my daughters = more pink, more blue, more detail, Mom. Just getting the base layer down. Much, much more to go.
Today was a really great day. I worked on the patio for a few hours, time passed really quickly. Came home from work to amazing stories about how the day went for my peeps--they were at a pool party. Good day all around.
I'm planning a trip to New Mexico. Trying to figure out the best way to get my embroidery hoop there. It's quite a bit too large for my suitcase.
In my head there are paintings -watercolor to show alongside these embroideries. They might be morphing into paintings on fabric.
Tonight our neighbors have taken our daughters out for pizza. I'm filling in some blank space with shades of pink.
This piece is becoming very concentric. Almost like a fingerprint. Individual. My Self will always know it's mine.
After a long cloudy day yesterday, I woke up with the sun this morning excited to work on a few studies for larger-scale paintings.
The ether-reality of watercolor makes it the perfect medium with which to attempt to capture the fleeting emotions, thoughts, glimpses of truth that show up in my mind in the moments after waking.
Camped by a stream last night, and my subconscious listened to the flow of the water as I slept. I woke up several times thinking it was raining, but it was just the flow of the water.
I recently talked to a psychic who told me that some events from a past life are holding me back in this life, and that I need to work on clearing that old energy. Interesting to think about one lifetime flowing into the next. No longer reality, but still having an effect.
Purples and greens on black linen. This is a new piece that I think will hang on its own for a while and then become part of a dress.
The running stitches are so addictive to make, as they gradually fill their space.
I've been working on some new textiles. This obsession started as a surface embellishment on a dress, and has morphed into standalone pieces.
I'm working on black linen because I love the way that the fabric and thread glow together. Quite electric in color and form.