Thursday, January 19, 2012

What can I say--been enjoying life

The holidays are over and I must confess I've stretched out the vacation considerably.  I just got word that two of my big silks were accepted into EAC TWO, the 2nd juried show at Edwardsville Arts Center in its brand new location at Edwardsville High School.  What a beautiful gallery.  Can't wait to see my work exhibited there.  The show opens Friday, February 17...so I guess I better get the thimble out and stitch in the rod pockets!

Here are the accepted works.  Do come see them in person if you live locally.

Dawn of Time c2012
Shibori rust on silk dupioni
54" x 60"

I love working on the dupioni.  I first began experiments with it in summer of 2010, fearful that the silk was too thick for the rust to penetrate adequately.  Eight layers works fine however and it hangs so beautifully.  Wish it wasn't quite so expensive.
Maze of Life c2012
Shibori rust on silk dupioni
66" x 48"

Also wish that I could find it in a narrower width for hangings--I hate hemming.  Cut edges do ravel quite a bit, so each piece get zigzagged first. 


I am always surprised by the results of this process.  Like countless other pieces that I've wrapped I expected a near perfect mirror image and here are two pieces that are anything but!



Path of Light c2012
Shibori rust on silk habotai
64" x 48"

This piece was entered also, but not accepted.  Can't have everything...but I do think they make a nice trio.  I'm only showing a detail of this one.

6 comments:

  1. The pieces are fabulous! Wish I could come see them and would if I lived nearby. Do you get your dupioni from Thai Silks and I'm curious which one you use. The Indian is less expensive but it's more nubby so I wondered about how it would print. Again beautiful pieces.

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    1. Dharma is my source for 45" wide and it is much smoother I think than Thai silks. A friend showed me her dupioni and it was a world away from mine. Very nubby. The 55" width dupioni came from JoAnn's Fabrics retail store nearby. Much more expensive there. Looks different from Dharma's before the process but the fabric is nearly identical after I've abused it, LOL. I would like to experiment with the nubby fabric some day.

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    2. Did that answer confuse you...it did me after I posted it. Dharma's dupioni comes from China. JoAnn's from India and appears to have more body than Dharma's before the process, but both have a wonderful drape afterward. My friend's slubby fabric I think was Thai silk from India.

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  2. GREAT work, Pat! Congrats on your acceptance!

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    1. Thanks very much Connie, glad you stopped by.

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