So, the semester has finally started back and already, I have a project in the works. For my first endeavor, I decided to make a series of scarves using different, but related weave structures and then over dye them using different resists from the kitchen. "Quilting Arts" has been running a series of articles on using different household food items to create different effects on fabric. They are really fascinating, so I want to try them all out.
The first scarf that I create will be over dyed using oatmeal as a resist. Lisa Kerpoe, the author of the "Quilting Arts" articles featured these images on their website:
Here are some in progress shots of my scarf:
My materials: I died my warp a pale purple using an equal combination of basic blue and scarlet MX dyes. (I plan on over dying the scarf with a similar combination of dyes). I will use the dark purple thread as my pattern pick and the light purple sewing thread as the pick of tabby between the patterns.
While I was looking for a belt online today, I stumbled across this great opportunity!
Urban Outfitters is looking for artwork to display in their 543 Gallery in Philadelphia. The Grand Prize winner receives two plane tickets to Philly, a four week show at the gallery, $1000, and an opening reception. You have to submit images of your work, as well as an artist's statement to UO by August 31, 2011.
For more information, visit http://contests.urbanoutfitters.com/callforartists
I am so sorry that it has been the better of three weeks since I last updated. I was doing really well with those weekly updates.
I have been working really hard preparing for grad school. I have bought a bunch of stuff for my studio (gotta love the bargain bins at Target) and I have been sketching out ideas so that I can start first thing on Tuesday. I think that I am going to take this semester, and perhaps next, to really get a handle on the art of weaving. I only took one weaving class in Undergrad and I still feel that it is pretty ambitious of me to commit three years worth of an MFA program to something that I have only dabbled in. However, I am pretty confident that if I take a year to learn different weaving techniques that I can have an awesome thesis.
Among the things that I want to learn are ikat, loom controlled double weave, satin weave, and name draft.
I am so ready for classes to start!