Friday, June 9, 2017

What's That Called Again?

I love words, love reading and once in a while I love writing! One struggle I have is naming things....quilts, fabric, art and so on....I'm not a wordsmith, I can't turn a fancy phrase and my favourite editing tool is the online Thesaurus.
So if I could, I'd call them all Thing #1, Thing #2 get the idea. But titles and names can give the viewer some understanding of the process, the origin or a story about the "thing". They can also engage the viewer and invite them deeper into a conversation....which is usually an intention of the artist.
I finished washing some of my Ice Dyed Fabrics and needed titles before listing them in my Etsy Shop....the titles either spring right into my head or I struggle and wrestle and beat the fabric until it gives me something....anything! I think a couple titles are pretty clever:

My, My Mai Tai

The next fabric was a little more challenging....but since there's so much reddish colour and there's waves that aren't regular I thought Lava Storm would be a good title.

When I was choosing the colours for Rainbow Sorbet I realized that I'd chosen a triad of "close to" primary colours and then by adding a purple and a bit of Wasabi, then I had close to a ROYGBIV - hence a "rainbow"!

Finally I wanted to work on a Purple, Cerulean Blue, Lilac and Hydrangea experiment. The folding gave me an interesting pattern that I'll definitely be using again! Naming this fabric was a challenge, using purple in the title was somewhat predictable but I thought playing with the word and changing it up a bit might be fun!
So Slurple is the perfect answer!
I continue to try different titles, sometimes they work well and other times they fall a bit flat. There's no perfect formula but its also a way to push myself and play with words....
The fabrics are listed in my Etsy Shop:

I've now made my Ice Dyeing Revealed Online Workshop as an "on demand" workshop, meaning you can take it anytime you like. All the same great content with lots of extra information in the webpage. You can sign up here:

Monday, June 5, 2017

Five Summertime Art Ideas

With the warm, sunny weather bringing the promise of a beautiful summer, perhaps you are considering what creative ideas you might work on during the next few months?  My summer is going to be very full but I want to make certain to squeeze some fun activities into our time as well. Here's just a few things that might appeal to you!

Kids T shirts and Dye - with four grand children around all summer - sometimes at our house and sometimes's a balance between keeping them busy and giving them time to kick back and relax. One project I have planned is to let them dye their own TShirts. My plan is to presoak them in soda ash and after putting the shirts into plastic basins.... give them squirt bottles of dye concentrate. I think there will be a high child/adult ratio for this! Did I mention it's will be happening in the back yard?
A friend once mentioned that she calls this "granny camp" when the grandies get to do fun stuff with her...I'd like to make this happen for mine as well.

Mark Making - I've been accepted into the TD Moss St.Paint-In next month, there's usually about 35,000 visitors that day, walking the length of one street! I'm planning to engage people in Making Marks" on fabric that I'll use later in my art. Let's see.....35,000 people painting and marking on fabric....something good will come from this!

Ice Dyeing - I've ordered a couple bolts of PFD cotton for a few mega-ice-dyeing sessions....I'm thinking that a few hours under plastic and "in the sun" is going to make some gorgeous fabrics, don't you? did you know my popular Ice Dyeing Revealed Online Workshop is now "on demand"? You can take it anytime anywhere! Check it out HERE:

Make it portable - Summer time can mean grabbing a few minutes of creative time in between trips to the beach or lake. So why not pack a zippered bag of hand stitching for those times when you want to work with your hands but not have a big project in mind?

Learn something new - We have a lot of creative opportunities for learning and while I love being a teacher, I also need time to learn as a students. Check out some online learning opportunities or summer art courses near you. In Victoria, we are fortunate to have the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts and I've registered for two days of Mark Making with my friend Lori Sokuluk...I'm getting excited about being the student for a change! You can see lots of inspiring workshops: