I love Valentine's day. It's an excuse to kick back with some paper and glue. Many thanks to my friend, Marci, for the generous sharing of supplies and dye-cutter.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Freeform Fabric Collage at Arlington Center for the Arts: Every time I teach this class it is a surprise, full of new talent and ideas.
This year is no exception. The students are all experienced. They are working with paper as well as fabric. They want to experiment with form as well as design.
The first week, students took an existing image and explored in line, value and color:
Last week we worked on the surface, creating stamps and then printing and stenciling.
|abstract and image|
Even in two session, people's styles emerge. Look at these. Same artist, two assignments:
This student is working with leaf designs. I love her layered pieces from last week. The left is from stamps, the right from stencils, but they work harmoniously together.
We alter surface once more this week, using gelatin plates. Then we start to shape andcollage, with glue, fusibles, and stitch. Cards, boxes, books, flags, all waiting to be born.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
|layered family images|
|many busy hands|
The subject is so broad, the techniques related yet disparate, and the materials constantly evolving. I "narrowed" the subject down to four techniques. We started with the tidier methods: water transfer from a waxy surface, and iron-on transfers.
|iron-on transfer from original photos|
|images from Israel|
|making gel transfer|
Plus there was real support for finding potential in the unexpected.
|Many styles, many samples|
|gel transfer onto silk|