Sunday, June 30, 2013

Bennington Arts Guild Gallery exhibit

I was honored to be invited to have an exhibit at the Bennington Arts Guild Gallery. The opening is this Friday, July 5, 2013 from 5 - 8 pm, and I will share the space with Joshua Primmer, a ceramics artist from Bennington, VT.

I've invited lots of friends and am hoping many will come and make it a party. The exhibit will be up until July 29 so there is plenty of time to see it if you can't make the opening. Bennington is a great little town to wander around and enjoy on a summer day.

Here's a sneak peak at a couple of the art quilts that will be exhibited:
detail of "Time Heals"

detail of "Before/After"

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Dyeing to Discharge workshop by Carol Soderlund

Carol Soderlund teaches the best dyeing workshops in my not so humble opinion.  I was able to take her "Dyeing to Discharge" workshop at PRO Chemical and Dye in Fall River,  Massachusetts. I had been interested in learning discharge techniques but was concerned about the health affects. Carol is very knowledgeable about toxic affects, and emphasizes safety in every lesson.
We learned to discharge with bleach, thiox and deColourant, and to always wear a respirator while working with either chemical - whether inside or outside. With bleach, we wore masks while we were leaning over the buckets.  Bleach is always rinsed in water, and then an Anti-chlor solution rinse after that to stop the bleach from eating away at the fabric. When ironing thiox or DeColourant to discharge we always wore masks. Thickened Thiox and thiox with dye added (illumination) were used, and the effects were so inspiring!
Watching the bleach discharge and in anticipation of removing it at the right time.

Carol had us test about 12 colors of dyes and 6 blacks, and we sampled 27 different commercial fabrics for discharge. Our class produced some wonderful fabric by the end of the week. I'm posting a few photo's from the class. If you'd like to learn Discharging techniques, Carol is a thorough, organized and generous teacher, and sweet on top of all that! And PRO Chemical is an excellent place to take dye classes. It's what they do, and there is always an expert on the premises if there are any questions that the workshop instructor can't answer.

We had a great group of students who made lots of fabric. Here's some of our work pinned up for everyone to enjoy.
My fabrics

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fabulous Fabric and Fiber exhibit

The organizers of the Fabulous Fabric and Fiber show in New Marlborough invited area artists to enter work to be exhibited in the New Marlborough Village Meeting House Gallery. My work was accepted and I'm excited to be a part of a local exhibit and to meet more artists from the Berkshires. The opening is this Friday, June 14, from 5-7 pm. There will be the usual delicious offerings and wine, and a chance to see some very diverse fiber art, including art quilts, baskets, clothing and wonderful needlepoint.

My thanks to Pamela Johnson, another art quilter and SAQA member who made me aware of the show. We're going to enjoy the opening with our husbands, and then dinner afterwards at Pam's house. If I'm lucky, there will be enough daylight to see Pam's extensive garden.

The gallery is open on Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 11-4. It would be great to have some friends there to share the excitement!