Saturday, February 12, 2011

Lamination Workshop

I will be offering a workshop on lamination of paper to fabric on March 23 at FiberFly Studios in Palos Verdes, CA. If you aren't already on my email list and wish to have an invitation, please contact me at for details. The announcement will be going out this Wednesday, February 16. If you scroll through the posts on this blog since early January you will see lots of samples of the kinds of lamination we will be working on in March. We will be focusing on visually integrating the applied paper to the overall design of the finished work. If you have special fabrics: hand dyes, prints or left overs from other projects, consider adding a whole new dimension to them at this workshop.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the Wall. I rented a painting studio and decided to paint the Follow Along. So, on a whole different note, we go from the collaged base of tissue and laminated papers to acrylics applied to the copper netting I'd placed over it all. Collage, yes; painting, yes. You just never know. I've always aspired to be an abstract expressionist painter and at this "ripe old age" am getting closer and closer to the dream. No Sunday painter in the park here!

Monday, February 7, 2011

New Follow Along: The Wall

Now that I have been laminating for a while I have been thinking about how to integrate that work into the rich stitching that I love to do. I have come upon the theme of walls for a variety of reasons. One is the way they break down, both literally and metaphorically. This provides the opportunity to go deeply into the surface to reveal underlying structure and the suggested passage of time (yea, big birthday coming up . . .). So I'm going to post the steps as they play out for what may be the first piece in a series. Enjoy!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Collagraph + Lamination = ???

Here's a piece I did from one of the collagraphs I made last week from a hodge podge plate I stuck washers and cardboard and other junk onto. The large black marks are all results of printing off that plate onto a white fabric (bamboo, as it happens). The softer black and colored areas are a result of laminating black and white plus some pastel-y papers to the piece. I then colored it all with water soluble paint and markers, and drew into it with pens. Any suggestions for naming the piece?