This whole series is the product of a summer of Eco-Dying and Printing and includes some shibori, some rusting and some indigo dyes. The final details on this one are actually painted on with acrylic paints to expand the photos of the trees from the squares into the spaces above and below.
These trees are from photos I took in my back yard:
Then it was ‘shopped some more, cropped and divided into four sections and printed on fabric as seen in this piece. Sometimes artists have a hard time differentiating between what they know in their heads to how it’s perceived when others look at it. Fortunately, I belong to a small critique group, now a local Pod of the regional SAQA, North Of Boston, which we call the NOB. From my experience with them I found that one didn’t necessarily “see” what I saw, in what was then just four photos, not necessarily related as one picture; hence came the painting in of branches to unite the four sections and bring it to a finish!
I think Nina Marie has some exciting plans in the works for the summer:
My biggest surprise was seeing two friends who drove up from Cape Cod without telling me they were coming – Marcia and Yvette – good friends for sure!
Only after setting this up did I realize just how much I accomplished this year. In one year, I produced at least twice as much as I did in the previous 7 years combined, since doing textile art.
Below: These pieces are in wonderful new homes!
The Grieving Tree
A Hopeful Moment
I got to meet, talk with and listen to a lot of fabulous people I would not have otherwise met and received lots of valuable feedback that will undoubtedly shape the work that I have to tackle in the next year.
THANK YOU to all who came to and showed their support for the Melrose Arts Festival 2017!
I can’t even remember the last time I bought commercial fabric other than white, and still, in my effort to use what I have, I still have no trouble finding fabric that works for me. I dye, print or paint most of what I use but this one’s all commercial, except for the confetti pieces – who knows what’s in those! I’ve been making up sheets of those to cut out/up when needed.The sure do add significantly to the texture of a piece.