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:
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!