Friday, December 19, 2008
One of my most favorite fabrics is silk organza. I dye, rinse and hang to dry. This helps to retain the crispness of the organza. Drying in the dryer creates lots of loose threads and softens the texture. I'm using up the last bit of my LIQUID fiber reactive dyes by Createx.
They stopped making them a few years ago. I love not working with powers and will miss them. I use the silk for my fiber constructions and collage. I often add thermal fax silkscreens using my own photography.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I use my photographs to create Photographic silkscreens using the Thermal Fax method. In Photoshop create a black and white image, cropping to suit. This can be done several ways. For this picture, I increased magnification and used the eraser tool to get rid of the grayer areas. You can also just cut away any black areas you don't want in the final silkscreen after your print it. When you have your final image, use a toner copy machine and copy.
Follow the directions with Thermal Fax machine and tape the edges. Golden!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
As artists, color is SUPER important! I once had a discussion with a musician comparing the 7 notes and 7 colors- each vibrating at a different frequency. I believe we actually resonate with certain colors. As I go through my life, I have color constant favorites and others pop up as time goes on. I suspect we are attracted to the color we need at the moment we need it. There are even color tests and books about the subject. For instance, we can be green with envy, environmentally green, green as in a newbie, it can be hard to be green (Kermit), we all want green backs, etc. Color can also affect us adversely. Red walls in restaurants are designed to help us chow our food faster.
The colors you use when you make art could be seen as a journalistic color map of your life. Go back and review your work and let me know what you think!
Detail from 1995 era 'Perception is Reality'