Jul 30, 2010

I never claimed to be normal

In the words of Ted "Strange things are afoot at the Circle K"  

I am glad my neighbors are used to me because if you drive past my house today you would see some out of the ordinary things.  

A picture frame laying on the drive way, 

An assortment of drying plastic containers, 
and an old mans smoking jacket.  

Also, I am boiling fabric.... 

This is more annoying then I had anticipated, I wish there was an easier way to get the wax out of batik. O, my fabric is done boiling, back to quilting for now.    

Jul 27, 2010

Batik and Dye party!

This is the time of the summer when I start to run out of fabric.  As a teacher I have my summers off, so I  choose to spend my summer creating tons of new work for all of my shows in the fall.  
For the first time ever I was brave enough to do batik on my own in my studio.  I loved it! 
I just need to get a Tjanting tool now.  

I also did some more basic dying.   Which didn't go as well as I would have liked.  I have all of my dye books and journals in storage, which I didn't think would be a problem. I dye fabric all the time on a need basis, so I figured I would just be able to remember what I was doing.  I though I would try to do a fabric parfait which is harder to do then I remembered.  Basically I didn't do something right because I ended up with 5 pieces of orangey-red fabric, non of which is particularly cool.   O well they will be a great base for BATIK!

Jul 12, 2010

A July day in Brikelfern studio

I am having so much fun working in my studio right now.  I have been silk screening, painting, dying, and sewing like a crazy woman.  Every surface, including the ground, is covered in quilts that are at various stages of being done.  

Don't tell anyone but I have even been skipping social engagements so that I can work in my studio.   When I have have a creative hurricane like this I need to roll with it as long as I can. 

My hands might be the dyed same color of black as these strips of fabric... 

If you need to find me, you will know where to look!