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Monday, August 30, 2010
A Punch of Color
The pillow cover in the background was cut and sewn from towels I found that matched my color scheme. I also made bench cushion covers with them. I wanted to add a punch of color because I realized I would soon tire of looking at just two main colors. The pillow cover in the front was made from commercial fabric that has been discharged with a bleach pen. I placed a sketch I found beneath Plexiglas then following the outline of the sketch I traced on top of the Plexiglas with a bleach pen. The squiggles on the side are made free hand with the bleach pen. I let that set a couple of minutes then placed the fabric over the traced sketch and gently patted it down a little. When the colors appeared I liked I removed the fabric, washed it out, let it dry and stitched around the design. Can you tell its a nude? This piece was put away for a while until I decided to pull it out for this pillow cover.
I am a Texas native who grew up watching my grandmother crochet, knit and tat. She would save string from the tops of feed and flour sacks and make beautiful bedspreads and tablecloths from it. I find inspiration is the least expected places. Sometime in the textile itself, it's texture or color. A poignant saying, a found object or story can spark my imagination and creativity. I attempt to express a particular feeling or message in my fiber art, blending, coaxing and manipulating the fiber, yarns and threads into something that is unique for me. I use new surface design techniques with traditional methods working with commercial fabrics as well as my own hand dyed and hand painted fabrics. My art has been shown at Fiber Artspace at Blue Star Art Complex,San Antonio,TX, also at Fiber Arts Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM, at Fiber Artists of San Antonio annual show Nord Gallery, San Antonio,TX, and 1550 Gallery, Kerrville, TX., Kerr Arts and Cultural Center membership show, Kerrville, TX, and KACC invitational fiber arts show, The Softer Side of Art.