Friday, June 4, 2010

new fabric

I've been playing with some new patterns lately, trying to loosen up a bit and have more fun with my work. I feel like I've had a bit of tunnel vision, and while focus is good, too much of the same thing is nobody's friend.

To that end, I carved a few new stamps, heated up the wax pot and got down to it. The process was limited to 3 dye baths / 2 waxings to keep things moving along. I want to use these experimental pieces in some art quilts/fiber art pieces that have been in my sketchbooks for months now, so I kept the palette to sandy browns.

These two pieces are my favorites: 

3-color hand dyed batik fabric
100% cotton

3-color hand dyed batik fabric
100% cotton

(I love the idea of using the second piece as a whole-cloth quilt and really playing with the quilting against all that texture... maybe even do a few more colors to develop some more depth to the pattern)

I cut the fabric into 2" strips and started piecing it together. I have a few ideas that are the guiding factors here, but I'm trying to work intuitively as much as possible. I need to get away from over-thinking everything.

Here's a closer view:

From here, I'm thinking about some printing, applique, embroidery, wax, some tearing and mending...? What do you think?

(Sorry the colors in the photos are a little washed out... I procrastinated about taking the pictures, and of course it's raining buckets now that I really need to do it. I had to resort to taking the shots in my studio instead of using natural light. Hopefully you get the idea nonetheless)


beki said...

i love this, sara!

5 o'clock crows said...

Thanks beki! It was great to see you this morning :)