Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer 2017

People will ask, quite rightly, any plans for the summer?

I can truthfully say every time, "making art, yard work, and dyeing yarn" (and I believe I speak for Porkchop when I say this).

Porkchop finds a sun spot.

The focus this year is complementary colors which is usually the case. I've zeroed in even more as I'm heading back to Siever's Fiber Arts School in August for a 4 day workshop where these amazing complements will work their magic with the landscape of Washington Island. It's a pretty special place.

first half of the red to green complements gradation

violet to yellow, one of my favorites

So jars of gradations are appearing. You know how seductive that can be. I'm trying to stay focused on the task at hand but there is the urge to gradate every possibility.

But then July 4th is around the corner and family fun ahead (sketchbook in hand of course).

Ruth on location in the dye studio (corner of the garage)

So it looks as though this summer is turning out like all the others; art making, yarn dyeing, and....oh right, all those weeds.

Look around, take notice, make a sketch and stay creative.
Enjoy your summer.

Friday, June 16, 2017

It's Official!

We all know a tapestry is not truly done until the professional photograph is taken so my friends, it's official, Donut Man is complete.

To review, this all started with a drawing, an experience I had one Sunday morning in Times Square, NYC. I was so attracted to the particular way Donut Man held the donut, the careful and tender way his fingers balanced it all.

finished last summer, 2016

You know the rest, all that weaving.

they're all sewn in now

Last you saw here was the pile of ends to tidy up. It happened and then a trip to my friends at Radlund Photography in Madison, WI where I live (and weave).

I like taking pictures in  my yard, but this just wasn't meant to be outside

Something like this, it makes a difference, this business knows what they're doing. An added bonus was the interest photographer Mark showed in how I actually produced this piece, not to mention the story of course.

Of course, it's all about the story.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Cut Off

Remember Donut Man?

Cut off, clean up, Hagen back in the storage spot

We haven't seen him lately. He was held hostage while I madly wove the reverse side of the warp, a victim of my penny pinching - why waste my perfectly good tan seine twine?

Both of these are about 6" wide

Besides, I was able to work a bit more on my series of Substitute Tales.

The final piece on the warp has the working title "Taller Than You" Great credence is made over height among young folk. It doesn't take much for someone to get past me and this girl was only in 3rd grade. She was jubilant, so was I. I love an assertive young woman.

warp is ready to cut!

What happens with these pieces? What's next?

Porkchop, as usual, sits and waits

That's the way with art...the questions never end.
Stay tuned.