Great Studio Tour Weekend!

Thanks to everyone who visited during the Studio Tour Weekend.   This is the best way for us to learn about our customers’ preferences, because they can see a wider range of our work than what is in shows or galleries.    This year, for example, I had some experimental bowls with resin, and the new Stormborn ice-dyes.  I also learned that I need to keep working on the charred-finish wood.  Luckily, the woodturning symposium the very next weekend in Loveland gave me some of the techniques that I need to make these more successful, thanks to Merryl Saylan.

The Studio Tour is also a great time for customers to learn about our making process.    It helps to keep traditional crafts thriving, even when the technologies may have been superseded by mass production.  Winter is coming, and making things is a very human strategy for survival.

STORMBORN clothes ready for sale!

Ice-dyes are like tie-dye on steroids, and much less predictable!  After dyeing some quilting fabric, I couldn’t resist making garment-dyed dresses, camisoles, harem pants, lotus capri’s, and a few jackets and vests in the Game of Thrones colors of ice and fire.

The clothes are rayon jersey or woven rayon, sewn for Dharma Trading in Indonesia.   The dyes are Procion fixed with soda ash.  All of the garments have been washed three times in the dying process, so they won’t shrink.  A curious thing about rayon is that the fibers are weak when wet, so no wringing or line-drying!  It really loves a medium hot dryer setting.   The woven garments benefit from a touch-up to hems and bindings with a cool iron (wool setting).

Garments are one-of-a-kind, in women’s sizes M-L-XL-XXL

Polishing up for the Studio Tour

 

 

These turned pears responded well to a bit of Goldfinger enhancement.

Wooden fruit is a very traditional product of the turning shops in England.  It provides a wonderful pallet for me to collect samples of finishes that I use.

Pipe Dreams

 

 

 

 

Tubes of dubious origin and doubtful usefulness!

Aspen cut in the face grain orientation on the lathe.  This orientation does not present aspen to its best advantage, so there is a good opportunity for fun with texture and color.

To 9″ tall

Inspired by my collection of Richard Raffan wooden tubes, which I use all the time

 

 

 

Stormborn Garments Provide new color frontiers

Inspired by Game of Thrones on HBO, I decided to interpret ‘Stormborn’ in two different colorways for ice dyeing.

This is the ‘Ice’ colorway on rayon, which gives the most vivid colors.

I will have Stormborn products for sale for the first time at our September Studio Tour, the 8th and 9th here at our home studios.  Come try them on, and join the fray!

Paper parasols

From a drawing of two paper parasols, I have created four different interpretations, using silk paints, stencils, printed fabrics, ribbons, and buttons.

These quilts are small enough to brighten up an corner of even the tiniest house!  Summer is coming…

Getting back to greens

All fabric for this quilt was made in a class with Linda Colsh several years ago.  It wasn’t until I started using metal paints on fabric that I knew what to make.

This one uses the energy in the green arches and the figure to evoke Vesuvius.  The figure is transposed from a photo of the statue of Pan in Pompeii, painted with brass and iron paints, and patinating solution.

The floating ash came from the way we layered the scrolls of fabric in Linda’s class.  The paints moved through the fabrics, creating unexpected effects, like floating ash…

‘Pompeii,’ uses the same printed black fabric from Linda’s class.  The leaves are metal paints printed with a stencil, both negative and positive versions.

The wine bottles were drawn after a photo of wine bottles in the ruins, then machine quilted without any other enhancement on the hand-painted fabric.

Finding a body of work

 

I work in textiles, wood, and clay, so sometimes it takes me a while to see a body of work  in my efforts.  This week I gathered up all of the canteen projects I had left over.    The earliest ones were the ceramic donut shapes, followed by wooden donuts (torus is the technical term), the Roman canteens that Dennis teaches, and then two beer bottle openers disguised as canteens.

The ones with medallions are a great opportunity to use different kinds of textures, pyrography, color, metallic patinas, and even pewter.  I have a feeling that there are a lot of options that I have left to explore.

 

Great day with kids at St Peter’s Holiday Boutique

Children of all ages enjoyed my space suit salt shakers, as well as samples of NASA’s slime recipe.

St. Peter’s is a merciful one-day craft show with faithful attendance, and many vendors selling knitting, crochet, felt, quilts, and homemade jams.

A great part of a home-town craft fair is the opportunity to meet all the crazy needlewomen in our midst.   They don’t buy my stuff, but they really like to see it, and ask about the techniques.  After all, art is just something that we make.

 

 

 

I enjoyed showing  my ‘interstellar’ series of quilts, which I developed while my granddaughter, Helen, took an astronomy class.  The Hubble telescope photos were a great inspiration for work in silk!

This small quilt (11.5″ square) tries to capture some of the wonder of our colorful universe.

 

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Great Studio Tour!

Thanks to our wonderfully thoughtful customers, all of the other artists, and our Tour organizer, Nancy Bonig.  In addition to placing many creations into good homes, we got great marketing suggestions, product ideas, and encouragement from the community of Makers in the Pikes Peak Region.   It is amazingly easy to give a satisfaction guarantee to people who are really excited about their purchases.  That is the best thing about selling directly to the customers who are our friends and neighbors.

For our next public event, I will have a Liggy’s Notions booth at the St. Peter Catholic School Holiday Boutique on November 11th.  I’m working on a some new items for that Boutique, including a collaboration with my potter buddy, Jennifer Hanson from Spinning Star Studio, who will be at St. Peter’s for the first time.