This 3 piece office installation is titled "Reflections". It hangs in the waiting room of Sharon Colwell APRN, BC at 999 Oronoque Lane, Stratford, CT. The goal was to create a peaceful feeling while retaining a gender neutral design.
I hand painted the fabrics using cotton for the main panels and hand dyed silk for the brown squares and cream colored strips. Lastly I created a leaf stamp choosing gold ink to tie in all the other colors. The leaves and quilting help define movement in the pieces.
The above piece is titled, "Painted Ladies" and hangs in Ms. Colwell's inner office. I desigend this piece using hand dyed fabrics for the center panel and geraniums. I created a geranium pattern from a photograph I took of the geraniums in my garden. The border fabric was developed with the discharge method. I scattered buttons onto black cotton and sprayed the cloth with bleach and water. This created the unusual look of a black and tan design.
If you know of a space that needs a customized look please feel free to contact me and we'll come up with a one of a kind piece just for you!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Dying fabric in a pile of snow is a fun way to enjoy the winter! First you need to dig a hole in a snow bank about 8"-10" deep. Ball up a length of fabric and place in the bottom of the hole. I've tried both wet and dry fabric and liked the results of the dry fabric better - the colors were more vivid. Next lightly cover the fabric with snow. Mix up your dyes at room temperature and pour over the snow covered hole. Now.... walk away and let it sit for 4+ hours. When the time is up go dig out your fabric and see what surprises are in store for you! You never know exactly what you'll find... rinse dyed fabric as you normally would. I like to rinse out the bulk of the dye and toss into the washing machine on hot with some Synthrapol. You'll find the colors will be more muted than typical fabric dyed indoors but snow dying is a good way to beat the winter blues!