Carol R. Eaton Designs

Carol R. Eaton Designs

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Channeling Cave Paintings!

My attempt to go back in time and create like a cave dweller! 
I created a piece of confetti dyed fabric that I thought was too plain. I lived with it on the design wall for a few days and thought it looked a little like stone.... mmm.. something prehistoric was creeping into my mind! 

I pulled out a thermofax screen created from pictographs. A few years ago on a family vacation near Moab, Utah I took a photo of the ancient symbols.
Terri Stegmiller custom made the screen - check out her shop!
The design is a group of antelope (?), horseback riders and a dog (?). I am not 100% sure what the story is telling but the area in Utah has many similar stories left behind by our ancestors. 
I wasn't quite satisfied so I laid the fabric on cement and rubbed it with Shiva paint sticks
I checked out cave painting books from the library to research the tools, colors and typical subject matter our ancient forebears recorded. It is amazing to me that in such a primitive culture artists were active in making marks and recording their stories in the caves they used as dwellings. 


Thank you ancient artists - I hope today's mark makers  do you proud! 

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