and maybe if we all inundated these sites, more of this would happen:
What went wrong? When all of these came out of their little lichen vats, they were intense colours. I knew they would dry lighter, but they didn’t–they just faded and changed to blahge………..
I tried a modifier (acid) on the left and got a resplendent (sarcasm) this:
The Xanthoria on the second try went from this:
I’m pretty sure the Xanthoria was a a bit of a dud even with the second trial because i simply did not have enough of it to make a good extraction–probably had barely 2 tablespoons of the dried material. I’ll try again when the weather warms up and the lichen is visible again for gathering. And yes, i DO practice salvage botany, so no eco warnings please.
And i’m also thinking the alectoria didn’t work as well as my first vivid purple results because i collected either the wrong one, or specimens that were waaaay too old, having moved to the wispy i’m-disintegrating-and-returning-to-the-Great-Maker stage!
I need some new natural dye/ecoprint colours and fabrics–guess it’s time to start saving rose leaves and other materials from the flower mines again.
I’m still sweating finishing AWUTB, but i CAN DO IT I CAN DO IT
Well, so are these, but i did it. I am in panic mode now because i had thought my deadline was the end of March. It’s the 15th at the latest, though i could get it to the setup people as early as the 12th. Yeah, like that’s gonna happen…..
And here i am wasting time posting about it.
ACK!!!!!!!!! All the edges have to be turned now, and i have to finish the miniscule stitching on each section. I did decide that void spaces ARE fair game and do fit without being obvious “i actually ran out of time” areas: fortunately (?) having picked this up at different times over the past couple of years means there are spots i moved away from “naturally”, so that aspect can work.
The cuts change the way i want to orient it now. The original digitally manipulated photo was a vertical, but as i worked on it i started liking the horizontal. Now i think we’re back to vertical, but which way is up?
Pulling my rapidly greying hair out from my speedlingly balding head now…..
Because you are probably as tired of seeing blue and brown as i am, i won’t show more in progress shots of All Water Under the Bridge, or even of Ebb and Flow until it’s at the SDA show, and as i mentioned in the previous post, there is one new work i can’t show you at all…….
Since i’m as “over” the floods of last year as i will ever get (tongue in cheek, Blossoms), i thought this might be a good start on some finishing. This winter has been tough for a good many of us, and i think i am starving for some colour too, so why the heck not? I am further along than the above photo indicates, and looking at it, i realized there isn’t as much left to do as i thought.
And there’s another reason for keeping those thread notes–which blue was used for the couching? Refer to the notes. It seems to bother some that i could be as OCD as this, but my work, my reasoning
I have to interrupt myself though as i just found out the deadline for AWUTB is in 11 days!!
And now for some Ribaldry (anyone remember Jon Levitt telling the Tales of Ribaldry on SNL??) Naughty naughty–but haven’t we all experienced a few pricks this way?
Didn’t i say a few posts back i was NOT going to face any more deadlines this year?
The first ever Canadian SDA member show will be next year, and with a long lead time for submissions (October 1st of this year), i decided i can do it. I won’t be able to show you anything though until/unless i know my work is accepted! The panel is doing a blind jurying process, so i will take that to mean that no one has seen/can see before in any form, venue or “in progress” anything to do with it.
I’ve been brainstorming and vasty head strumming and have a pile of sketches. The only constraint is the size, a 16×28″ that ensures some gallery continuity, as no doubt there are going to be a heck of a lot of variance in style, technique and interpretation from a heck of a lot of submissions. It is however a decent enough size that it’s do-able, both in terms of time to fill that canvas and to refine ideas before needle is put to cloth.
If you are a Canadian SDA member (you have to be paid up to enter ), there is more info on the SDA:Alberta blog.
And i’m very pleased to say that despite my apparent ignorance—or IGNORING of, or forgetting, don’t know which!—of size requirements for the first local SDA show, my larger than almost everyone else’s work (“Ebb and Flow”) was accepted. Whew. I almost quit when the restriction was very kindly pointed out to me, but then thought WTH, except for the usual last 3 square inch boondoggle of why the ^&%$ am i doing this, ignored the boondoggle, and FINISHED. Glad i did, for many reasons!
I know it took me 8 hours to do the first Alberta Rose. Padded Cell took a couple hundred, Strange Soul Take Flight took more. This one i don’t know, maybe 63?
Taking the time doesn’t make it better or more important, i’m not saying that. It *does* mean focus, patience, perseverance, dedication though, even when you’re at the last three square inches, wondering why bother finishing, why did i start this, am i nuts, who cares, there must be easier ways to do things.
But i did it, i do it.
I now consider myself a serious embroiderer