Yes, I designed the fabric! I also dyed and formed the 3D elements using dye sublimation (= heat = water-free). I added the surface stitching. And those Evolon petals respond to a bit of breeze. Fun!
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Synapses is built from synthetic fabrics I tied several hundred pie weights and other smallish but durable items into. I then colored the fabric via a dye sublimation technique which I altered by boiling the fabric rather than steaming it. I cut the fabrics apart, arranged them on a hand dyed ground and stitched and embroidered the elements into place. I wasn't happy with that dark green ground fabric so I cut away most of it leaving just the dimensional form. What do do??? I pulled out a roll of garden netting and 6 layers later, voila! Once the sleeve was in place the piece was finished. Kind of looks like the creepy, crawly things you might find on that garden netting if it were outside.
Using one of my ice-dyed fabrics as a substrate, I built the web from partially unwoven, hand dyed cheese cloth. I then appliqued "rosettes" of synthetics I'd colored by means of dye sublimation and appliqued the bundled strips. Its creator - the spider - seems to have left the scene, possibly through those embroidered circles which lead, I think, to hidden passageways!
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
This cloud-like piece was made by tying well over 100 poker chips into the satin which I had dyed in this fabulous range of silvery grays and "steaming". And by "steaming" I mean BOILING since I don't have a steamer. Lots of experimentation beforehand! Then, using the "wrong" side, I hand stitched pieces of my dyed cottons in the wells. Wish I could sleep under this fluffy quilt but it's a bit too small - only about 42" long. It's called des Iles Flottantes after the dessert (meringue and creme anglaise) which was named for actual floating islands.
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Monday, August 27, 2018
Just spent a week at West Dean in Sussex, England, with Caroline Bartlett. Amazing artist and great teacher (AKA "tutor' in the local parlance). I don't have the giant press nor the steamer, but have made due with an iimprovised steamer. Here's the start of a project - just me and pie crust weights!! Sublimation dye and LOTS of tying!
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Suddenly went wild for color and designed this piece. No stitching on it yet as I'm waiting for its "big brother" to be delivered. I'm going to see how it looks 40" wide instead of the present 30". Just hoping all the detail remains clear. Still not sure if this is the preferred orientation.
This was done from a paper collage I made, photographed and had printed on canvas. I also had it printed on satin so that I could provide shine to areas I wanted to accentuate. Lots of hand stitching on the applique and throughout the piece, especially to set the black and while areas off against each other. Not a lot of paint on this one since it has the applied satin.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Sunday, April 29, 2018
A continuation of the Incarceration series. I took the photo (seriously rusted and weathered metal), Photoshopped it, sent it to be printed (thank you Spoonflower) and then began to work the canvas. I painted using both oil and acrylic paints and plenty of inks. Once I was happy with the color, I began to work with needle and floss, thread and lightweight yarns to emphasize the lights and darks. The light area on the lower left has been treated with 3 different kinds of sparkly paint.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
This was a very special week at FiberFly Studios - my giant installation: Chroma (8 panels each 80" x 50") found a permanent location at School on Wheels in Los Angeles. With a grant from Elaine Lasnik Broida in support of the move, the pieces left Palos Verdes and are now happily installed in the headquarters of this fabulous nonprofit. School on Wheels provides school supplies in backpacks and tutoring for thousands of homeless and foster children in Southern California. The offices are now brightened by the arrival of Chroma. To see the complete series including details, please go to https://www.behance.net/gallery/23286415/CHROMA-Series-Jacobs-Ladder-by-Deborah-Weir
Here's the journey from storage to UP:
Here's the journey from storage to UP:
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Behind barred doors . . . this art quilt is based upon a photo I took at Alcatraz, tweaked in Photoshop, had printed. Then I painted it to emphasize the contrast between dark and light areas and draw focus to the door panel. I rusted a non-woven textile and appliqued it to the surface then did lots of hand stitching to highlight areas of the design.