Friday, November 22, 2013

Meanwhile, back at the easel...

Impression of an Impression IV (a diptych) is coming along...
The green strip going through the middle is just the surface I'm working on.  Chuck's working on the frames and I'm hoping to finish the two panels...soon
(The Chatham Studio Tour is only 2 weeks away - AAACCCKKK!!!)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Garden: during...

Believe it or not,
 this will be The Garden in Unforgotten.
Trust will come together in the end :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Ocean: after

After all of that 'wet' work, here's what The Ocean looks like...wet.
Then I tore it and scrunched it and laid it out to dry.
Et Voila, two waves up close! 
 The texture and color is all in the paper.  The top wave shows one side with the darker blue paper on top, and the lower one is basically flipped with the turquoise paper on top.  But the other papers show through.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Ocean: before, during...

The Ocean
For "Unforgotten II" I'm using a technique called Joomchi for the elements.  Joomchi is a Korean technique using layers of mulberry paper, water and hand agitation to make the layers bind, or felt, together.  
The papers in the photo, above, are layered and wet down, below.
Then I gather up the wet stack carefully
 and begin agitating it by squeezing and rolling the paper in my hands.
Stay tuned for the "after".

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Process: Unforgotten II

For a long while, I've been wanting to develop some ideas for mobiles.  I've been brainstorming on themes, forms, techniques, ways to hang...
A couple of years ago, I made a cloth and felted triptych of the poem by Robert Service titled Unforgotten. I love that poem enough to do a second telling of the story in my next mobile.
Here's the poem...

I know a garden where the lilies gleam,
And one who lingers in the sunshine there;
She is than white-stoled lily far more fair,
And oh, her eyes are heaven-lit with dream!

I know a garret, cold and dark and drear,
And one who toils and toils with tireless pen,
Until his brave, sad eyes grow weary – then
He seeks the stars, pale, silent as a seer.

And ah, it’s strange; for, desolate and dim,
Between these two there rolls an ocean wide;
Yet he is in the garden by her side
And she is in the garret there with him.

                                                                                    Robert Service (1874-1958)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

In the Studio...

A huge thank you to all of you who visited me on the Alamance Studio Tour.  It was a great weekend (minus the weather) with so many visitors making the trek to Pam Watts' beautiful farm.
And now, on to getting ready for the Chatham Studio Tour (first two weekends of December).  I'm experimenting with a technique called Joomchi using mulberry paper.
It may look a little like a mess in the photo, but I promise it will come together.  The technique is very much like wet felting and the white paper above even has some orange wool fibers and green silk pieces along with threads in between the layers.  I'll be using this to create elements for a new idea for a series of wire mobiles that I'm working on.  ...and did I mention I'm also working on two more pieces for my "Impression of an Impression" series?  Yikes!