Wednesday, February 08, 2006
I love surprises. I particularly love unexpected parcels. One arrived this morning, full of fabric. Handdyes, mainly, some commercial fabric and some interfacing, the latter perfect for transfer dyeing. What a wonderful surprise, thanks, Thelma! So some pleasant time was spent this morning, patting, oohing, aahing and planning.
My second surprise of the day was work related, too. I spend a day with some friends, doing fast, spontaneous work...the postcard I showed recently came out of that. Well, we did one exercise that involved using four random words to trigger a piece of work. Mine were blue, sky, spiral and, to be honest, I forget what the fourth one was, and I can't find the piece of paper they're written on! The piece I made was small, and the spiral shone silver and definitely pulled all eyes towards its little self. I didn't like it.
Today, though, I covered it with a piece of dyed lutradur, stitched into it, and added a bit more dye (lutradur is dyed using transfer dyes, so it is just a matter of ironing the dye onto the piece). And I'm pleased with the result. I had been giving myself the, not every piece can be a winner, speech about it. This maybe isn't a winner, exactly, but it's not bad, either, for a piece that was conceived and made from start to finish in an hour and a half! See what you think. And try the exercise, why don't you? I dare you!