quite excited

18 Apr

I’m going to do a residency at the ACAD fibre arts department again, only one month this time, rather than the whole summer. After the first one 2 summers ago, i was quite disappointed in myself for the very very very little it benefited me–all my own fault, no one else’s. Whatever i wanted/needed was at home when i was there, or at the college when i was home! And there’s still work from that that was never finished! (Maybe i can incorporate it in something i’m working on now..)

This year i will be doing ONE thing only–dyeing, of course :) I have asked for help with an indigo vat: i’m too nervous to start one myself at home, though i have the ingredients. There are also large rusty bits available there as well that i plan to take full advantage of. The paper art that Karin did last year with these in her residency are to die for! Greyman has been collecting some FABulous chunks for me as well, and i’ve been scouring the railyard when i walk Nessie. (Just have to watch that pesky “trespassing” thing.)

I’ve started collecting fabrics for these, and doing some prep work on them with shibori stitching (very rudimentary), embroidery and piecing. (Yeah for Lalage, but there is some hand stitching as well :) ) I just don’t feel any connection now to 99% of commercial fabrics so had better stock up :) I’ve gone on a raid through my own stash of old linens and have been haunting the local thrift shops though Calgary has mostly rather pathetic ones, another reason to miss Vancouver and Victoria! The linens will be used in the indigo vat–i don’t want to damage any of the fine work, though may add small bits of controlled rusting to some.

Since i still have a large portion of a roll of “Lutrador”, it will be tossed into the rust mix as well.

The closest thrift shop does have one very good reason to keep going to, though most of the time i find nothing. There’s a large percentage of African born people in the area and occasionally i stumble across pieces of cotton that have distinctly ethnic colouring and patternings. The majority are too dark to overdye, but once in awhile, i find something like this:

The whole thing is 54×100″, has been washed vigorously in a hot machine and dried HAWT, and is a wonderful cotton screenprint. Probably commercial as it’s too even, but wth.

Because of this, i have promised myself to FINISH several pieces i have been working on, while interspersing that with some of the prep work for this. I feel STOOPID showing so much work that never gets done!

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10 responses to “quite excited

  1. Half-Mom Squared

    April 18, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Brava! Congrats! Good for you! Sometimes the mercurial creative mind needs a disciplined environment and specific goals.

    You sound juiced. And a little experienced maturity doesn’t hurt either. Can’t wait to see what comes of it. You will continue to keep your fans in the loop, yes?

    • arlee

      April 18, 2011 at 9:36 am

      Hopefully i’ll d better on the “reporting” too :)

  2. Karin

    April 18, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Arlee, I am soooo pleased that YOU will be at ACAD. I wonder if you have an idea of the hours you will be working because, as you know, I found it quite hard rattling around in there at 8:30am…. not an odd hour – but where was everyone?
    What you say sounds great.
    I intend blogging about my own preparations… once they start! June is going to be a great month, as long as the hours don’t go by too fast in May.

    • arlee

      April 18, 2011 at 9:38 am

      I’m planning on early starts so that i can schedule Dog Duty later in the day :)
      And EEK–it isn’t that far away is it?????

  3. victanguera

    April 18, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Congrats on getting into ACAD! That is so awesome. That fabric is unbelievably amazing. Are you sure you don’t want to send it to me :))

  4. Lynda Howells

    April 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    way to go..and don’t worry so much this time. enjoy it x Love the thrift find. anytime you want a swop of materials, dyed ect..just yellxxlynda
    ps..l love thrift shop finds.

  5. Phillipa

    April 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Dont fret about unfinished stuff. You should see my
    Congrats on the residency..Im jealous, jealous, jealous….lol

  6. TammyM

    April 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Congrats to you .. you have been a whirlwind since you left the flower shop … now if i’d be half as good.. i will have to do something soon.. i don’t know why I can’t budge my self into some things .. aaaaacccckkkkk. but I am loving everything that I’ve seen you do .. spectacular..

  7. Mary Anne

    April 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Ooooh – hooray for you! I know you’ll do well by the residency this time because you know what to expect and you are putting the focus on just a couple of areas which will be much easier. Can’t WAIT to see what comes of the indigo dyeing (not because I love blue, of course…HAH!!).

  8. serenapotter

    April 20, 2011 at 7:19 am

    mega congrats.
    gosh i keep missing the best updates from you

    love that cloth too.


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