After the rush

I am officially finished working at the Art College for the summer. I am exhausted. Happy, but exhausted. Our program finished on Sunday. We cleaned the spaces we had used and hauled out all our belongings. Now I am faced with huge piles of stuff that need to be sorted and put away, either at home or at my studio. There are also piles of printed fabrics that I need to start working with. Decisions, decisions, where to start?

For the last couple of days our group worked together to hang shows in several locations at ACAD (Alberta College of Art and Design). If anyone is able to visit, there is some wonderful work on display. We are having a reception on Thursday Sept. 4 from 5pm to 7pm and would love to see you. One exhibit space is cleared out the next day, so even if you can’t make the reception, please try to get by before then. Here are a couple of shots of work during installation.part of room 371LRT windowspart of MNG spaceshop windows

As an aside I wanted to share something I figured out while packing for the show. I had pressed my 10′ long panel of printed fabric and did not want to crease it on the way to the college. Since hangers aren’t big enough to hold the fabric, I created one using a mailing tube and a fabric strip for hanging. I’m sure people have been doing this sort of thing for years, but I was excited because I thought it up my self. I am easily amused.fabric hanger

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several silhouettes

Here’s my submission for the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo challenge. I’m desperately trying to put together some photos to order a book. I purchased it about a year ago and of course the offer will expire soon. Apparently I don’t always work better with a deadline! I’ve decided to print a book with photos from my most recent visit to Turkey, so that’s where I looked for the challenge photos.

Galata Tower from the water

scaffolding

tiny skylights

window grill

cat behind grill

inside the harem

 

Okay – I’m throwing in my 2 cents worth. I tried the new editor and so far am not impressed. I don’t have time to play with this and learn the nuances necessary to use a new system now! WordPress – why don’t you ask first?

 

 

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How I spent my summer…

I know that summer isn’t over, but the way time flies I’m sure it will be before we know it! As you’ve possibly learned from previous posts, I’ve been taking part in a summer residency at a local art college since the last week of May. I want to say I’ve worked at it, but I’m having too much fun to call it work. (my body might disagree) My time has been spent creating images to silk screen on fabric – fabric for use in future quilts and art projects. Most of the fabric that I print on is commercial prints sold for quilting and I am delighted with the effect of my “over-printing”. Sometimes I am able to imagine the finished print, but many times it is a surprise to see the effect of different screens.

Even though summer is not over, I only have 1 week left in the studio. I am getting frantic. No wait – I’m always frantic about printing. I need to create images for 7 or 8 screens, and hopefully print some of them.

I made and printed a table runner for my daughter’s wedding – just a few days before I left for the wedding.  I tend to work better to a deadline – how about you? The table runner took several days and was a great learning experience. I cut and stitched a runner while I was out-of-town and spent a day printing it. There were a few images that were less than perfect and that wasn’t good enough for the head table of a wedding! I cut 2 more runners and spent another day printing them. Both were an improvement on the first one so I chose the best one and hemmed and finished it. Whew. I spent another day printing some napkins with images from the table runner. Thought they would make nice gifts for the bride to give away.

Contextural is the group that organizes the summer residency and we are able to put up a show at the end of the summer to showcase our work. Fortunately we have been offered more exhibit space this year and I hope we’ll be able to take advantage. I’ve printed a couple of ten foot panels to exhibit the variety of screens that I’ve made this summer, and I plan on framing some of my printed pieces to show the effect of my over-printing. That means that in my last week besides making screens and trying to print, I’ll be hemming panels and stretching fabrics to frame. Sleep is not on the schedule.

Here are some photos of some work in progress. I’ll post some finished work after our show – assuming I get it finished in time.print table covered with fabric 2 print tables print table covered with fabric cleaning ink from a screen table runners printed panel printed panel

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Totally textured

Here’s my submission to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture. There are many examples where texture becomes a pattern so I tried to find examples where you could easily see the texture. Since the first two I found are green, they would also fit with the DPS (Digital Photography School) challenge this week – green! The first photo shows part of a glass sculpture from Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle. The others are organic – plants and trees from my travels. Which one do you like best?green glass green grass tree trunk palm trunk

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