November 9th, 2015
I attended my second ever artist workshop and demonstration at Opus Downtown yesterday afternoon. This time I learned about Sashiko stitching from Heather Young of The Craft Lab. Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching from Japan, that is traditionally used to repair worn or torn parts of clothing. It often takes the form of white cotton thread stitched patterns on indigo cloth.
The photos above are of some of the samples of work Heather brought in to share with the class. I had a lovely time stitching into an old piece of indigo dyed cotton from a workshop I did a few years ago. I need to buy proper sashiko thread and needles before I can continue my explorations with this technique.
I have a few pieces of clothing that could use decorative repairs like this and be good as new again.
October 19th, 2015
I’ve led many artist demonstrations at Opus over the last few years, but yesterday I attended my first as a participant. Tara Galuska is an illustrator working with paper, and I was curious to attend her demo and see up close how she creates some of her work.
She led about fifteen of us in a two hour workshop on making a papercraft moth. Tara provided us all with a template to follow and we were left to our own devices to customize our moths through paper and design choices. Below are some of the finished moths by class participants.
I enjoyed this class because it allowed me to work with paper in a different way than my usual approach. I love the little moth I created, and the process gave me lots of new things to think about.
October 14th, 2015
A couple of weeks ago I took a one day work shop on Islamic Design with Eric Broug through Maiwa School of Textiles. I thought it would be a good opportunity to build on the pattern work I’d been doing earlier in the summer, and figure out how to draw these complex geometric designs from scratch.
This is a piece I started a few days after the workshop, which has a six pointed star as its basic structure. I wanted to create a piece that has my standard freeform patterns within a more structured design. I’m satisfied with it so far and have yet to decide on what else to do with it.
The two stars are within an octagon, and everything is inside a circle. I want this piece to be a circle when I am finished with the stars more smoothly incorporated into the work. I’ve been working on this much more slowly than usual because it may not be anything other than an experiment.
I’m allowing myself the space for things to go horribly wrong, but also wonderfully right.