Thank you for all your support over 2014. This past year has been a wonderful year, full of exciting projects. The year came to a wonderful close by fulfilling custom holiday gifts for my client’s friends and families. I have included a couple of projects I completed below along with my monthly textile painting/dyeing technique as well.
FAMILY TREE PROJECT.
This past year I created a Family Tree using mixed media on a canvas, measuring 30″x40.”
The client wanted to create this family tree to be customizable in order to add additional leaves for new grandchildren.
I created leaf placeholders within each of their children’s branches and affixed an envelope containing blank leaves to be filled in and added at a later date.
This project challenged me to think outside the box and create a work of art that honored the husband and wife’s respective family members while celebrating the newest leaf to their family tree, their grandson born on 9/3/14.
CUSTOM SILK SCARF DESIGN I was commissioned to create a custom 35″x35″ silk scarf using a mixture of techniques, such as serti and batik, to create a one-of-a-kind design for a woman’s 70th birthday gift.
The clients provided me with her personality and style. The clients and recipient were very pleased with the final product.
If you would like to create a custom silk scarf for a family and/or friend, contact me with your information so I may provide you with a quote, click here.
FEATURED TECHNIQUE: BLEACH BATIK TECHNIQUE This technique is a fun variation of traditional batik dyeing techniques.
Step 1 (Top-Left Image): This bamboo/cotton combination fabric was hand-dyed using procion dyes. It was set with soda ash to dyeset this fabric.
Step 2 (Top-Right Image): This fabric was stretched on a frame. I applied hot paraffin wax using a tjanting tool, commonly used in batik.
Step 3 (Bottom-Left Image): I applied more hot wax using a standard synthetic brush to fill in the areas inside my design. This will help to maintain the original color before we move on to Step 4.
Step 4 (Bottom-Right Image): I took a spray bottle and mixed 1 part water to 3 parts bleach. I sprayed this mixture throughout this fabric. Once the color begins to fade (10min.) I washed the bleach solution off of this fabric. Then we’ll proceed to Step 2 again until the fabric design is complete.
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