Sunday, 25 August 2013
The project is described in more details on the Guild's website and on the blog about the project. You can see a video of the installation here and there's lots in the US media about it. Here are just a few:
Or Google knit Warhol!
Jan said it was an amazing project in the way it brought local people together. For example, one requirement was that the installation be monitored the whole time it was on display. The Guild contacted the local homeless community, many of whom shelter under the bridge, and they took great pride in keeping an eye on their bridge, with its amazing knitted coat.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Tricia began by writing the word Doors all over the page, to stimulate her thinking. She started to think about significant doors she has seen. Her first door was a photograph of one from a church, which she manipulated in a graphics program.
On the facing page, she wrote words of blessing that relating to the door. I love the gorgeous texture and colour in the image. It would make an amazing textile work!
She had other doors but she hadn't yet written the words - they'll come along later.
The next page is inside the first door and some words about the door.
On the facing page is a tiled doorway opening, showing another door underneath (part of what was visible when the first door was opened)...
On the back of that page are words about that door.
The next image shows a refugee camp, with a tiny, red, opening door on the right. The opening shows only bricks...
..but the other side has a different message...
Jan's door wasn't actually in her book; she was inspired to make a small textile art work.
Her first door, with an embellished strip and a handle made from a twist-tie, opens to show..
The second one was initiallypole wrapped and degummed. Then it was unwrapped and dyed with mx Procion, 75% turquoise 24% fuchsia. Finally it was rewrapped on the pole and vat dyed 75% yellow 25% blue.
The fourth sample was alsowood blocked, clamped and degummed; unclamped, dyed with mx Procion, 75% yellow 25% chino; pleated, tied to rope with two sizes of string and vat dyed 50% red, 50% blue.
Sample 5 was again wood blocked, clamped and degummed. Then it was unclamped and dyed with mx Procion, 75% turquoise 25% chino. Finally it was reclamped and vat dyed 75% yellow, 24.5% red, 0.5% red/brown.
Sample 6 was also wood blocked, clamped and degummed first. Then it was unclamped and dyed with mx Procion, 75% yellow 25% mixing red, and finally it was reclamped and vat dyed 90% yellow, 10% red brown.
Sample 7 was initially clamped and degummed and then unclamped and dyed with mx Procion, 75% turquoise 25% better black, Finally it was painted with vat dyes, green (80% yellow, 20% blue) and orange (25% red,75% yellow).
Sample 8 was on black silk organza. It was wood blocked, clamped and degummed twice, with very little discharge. Then it was reclamped and vat dyed, 90% yellow 10% red/brown and then unclamped, scrunched on a rope and dyed with mx Procion, 75% turquoise and 25% better black.
On sample 9, after being wood blocked, clamped and degummed, she unclamped it and dyed it with mx Procion, 60% mixing red, 25% yellow, 15% chino. Finally she painted it with vat dyes, green (80% yellow 20% blue) and orange (25% red,75% yellow) and steamed it.
Sample 10: After beingblocked, clamped and degummed, it was unclamped and dyed with mx Procion, 50% turquoise, 50% mixing blue. Then it was painted with vat dyes, green (80% yellow 20% blue) and orange (25% red,75% yellow) and steamed to fix.
Sample 11; After being blocked, clamped and degummed, it was unclamped and dyed with mx Procion, 75% mixing red, 25% yellow. Then it was reblocked, clamped and vat dyed 50% red, 50% blue.
It's a wonderful collection of samples, because it illustrates how different procedures and dyes work together to give varied effects. The multiple processes result in complex pieces with a lot of depth.
See you next week, when we are swapping postcards again and working on our Nine Squares project.
Each person brought along her bag of materials when we met together last week. From their bag, they were instructed to make as many finished Nine Squares as they liked. Nine Squares refers to the footprint of each piece, which must consist of nine, 1.5cm squares in any arrangement. Some examples of possible arrangements of squares were provided:
(Truly, it does fold into a 4cm square!)
Nola also included paints in her bag, as well as fabric strips and embroidery threads. She chose to work with her theme,
Tricia decided to work with a more complex shape, like a fish. She mounted fabric onto stiffened cut to shape and added beads.
It's actually quite challenging to work as small as this, as anyone making Inchies will tell you. You have to think in very simple terms to create your image or mood. Unlike Inchies or ATCs, we're working on each piece individually, so they are quite small to handle.
Sunday, 11 August 2013
However, we're still doing things as a group. We're working on our journals and this month we had a catchup from some members who hadn't been around for earlier unveilings. Here is a Leaf page from Bev:
And here's her Fish page:
This is Tricia's Fish:
Maz brainstormed different kinds of circles - family circles, knitting circles, mandalas - and drew patterned overlapping circles.