Sunday, April 27, 2014

Square Foot Exhibition in Atlanta

48 artists in the Southeast United States (mostly from Georgia) exhibited their creativity in the 2014 Square Foot Exhibit at the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance Center in north Atlanta. Here are a few snapshots of their work.

The techniques used were numerous…knit, crochet, weaving, beadwork, embroidery, silk painting, spinning, quilting, wire work on appliqué, wrapped string on or over a print, mixed media of objects on textile work and the list goes on. Some of the techniques I've never seen or heard of until the exhibition. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Treelander: "Dreamdusk"

We lost the skyline….
                                ...We stepped right off the map
                                                  Drifted into blank space….
                               …And let the clocks relapse
-Porcupine Tree 'The Sky Moves Sideways'

To best describe Dreamdusk is like diving into a dream and not wanting to look away. Inspired by creation around me, the sky is like a moving canvas of shifting light and color with added drama of weather and nature.

So I captured a daydream in freeform textile art. The sky is tapestry weaving with the color shifts implementing impressionist technique used by Monet. The added texture of the clouds in freeform embroidery gave the sky more depth. Modern Irish Crochet motifs that create the tree came from Duplet-Crochet issue #124, and then embellished with freeform embroidery. Knitted cord became the winding trunk of the tree and texturized with freeform embroidery. Lastly, the 'landscape' is embroidered silk and rayon ribbon. 

As I was weaving the sky, I was inspired by a progressive rock band called Porcupine Tree. Specifically, their album "The Sky Moves Sideways". The song is dreamlike, very characteristic of Pink Floyd's 'Echoes' and like classic prog music, it is over 20 minutes long. It was in the lyrics the name of this Treelander was revealed…

In the dream dusk
We walked beside the lake
We watched the sky move sideways
And heard the evening break

Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree is a genius with this album. It is one of my new favorites. The band may no longer be together but Steven Wilson is still creating beautiful music. I also recommend listening his solo album 'The Raven That Refused to Sing'.

Open house to see the Square Foot exhibition is this weekend (April 26, 2014).

Dreamdusk came home today from Atlanta with a little surprise attached! Thank you Atlanta and Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance for the recognition.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Freeform to a Template

I like starting new directions after Stitches conferences. The first thing I like to do after these events is apply what I've learned in a new project. Even better if it's a couple of classes into one project. That's what I've done in this.

Multidirectional Knitting is a class taught by Myra Wood. Knit some shapes and piece them together in a template. Have fun, get creative and fill a square template. There's no mistakes, just happy accidents!
Challenging Stitches using Japanese Knitting Charts is a class taught by Gayle Roehm. The knitting charts are international symbols but some of the knitting techniques in Japanese knitting are quite clever. Pairing both of these classes into a project made creating even more fun! So I started with a Japanese chart and with 2 colors, knitted a swatch. I purposely misread the chart (yes! I really did!) can came up with a similar stitch pattern just as lovely.

The first image is the stitch I modified and the blue and gold swatch is the one I learned in class. Placing my modified swatch on my cut and press board…now the fun begins. I'm working with odds and ends from Noro yarns so I would have some interesting color progressions.

Next I added some squares. Joined the three together and added to my first rectangle.

Then I single crocheted a border around two sides of the piece, and then I picked up and knitted 32 stitches on the side. With 3 Noro colors I knitted a seed stitch switching colors every row. With each join, I lightly steam the squares and block them. Pretty cool! I'll revise this blog entry as the piece eventually becomes a 10 X 10 inch square.

The completed square!
7/2/2014: I completed three squares to make a 30 X 10 inch rectangle. I folded it twice and seamed together to create a bag.