These areas are screaming for stitch for the second element of the current work in progress.
I’m scared to start–i have such a vision for this part and these are so perfect that i don’t want the fabric to shatter, especially since there will be many small separate parts/shapes. One of the harsh facts of using this process is that the rust weakens the cloth, especially when there are heavier areas of build-up. A chance i must take as i have no love anymore for commercial fabrics, and not so much for synthetic dyes either. (They have their place in my vocabulary, but not in current work.) I’m not experienced enough a dyer to replicate this with Procion or the like either. (maybe paint somewhere down the line, let’s not go there yet, i have enough ideas and sketches and plans as it is…)
I’ll have to test the fused quality tonight, with some scraps. Hopefully that will stabilize enough to prevent some attrition as i work on it, and praying the fusible doesn’t make it more difficult to needle.
I have to accept that my current works may not be as archival, but then i wonder too how long some of the commercial materials used in other artists works will be too–all the fusing, heating, paper and “mixed media” techniques and materials, machine stitching with millions of little needle holes (seen or not), discharging and devore, and gawdz knows what else is popular/trendy/personalized at the time (i grant “personalized” because there are awesome artists who take it all beyond the jump on the bandwagon crowd…..) Truthfully if i worry about how long my art will outlast my own body, i’ll never make it, so what the hell. I can’t *not* do, it’s part of me now and i ain’t ready to shrivel up and die just yet.
Less talk, more action, off here and out there. Needle loaded!