In my last post I talked about how helpful making friendship bracelets has been for re-igniting my creativity after a block. I often find making simple, more “crafty” things that give me great joy easily lead into other concepts that expand my creative arsenal. In this instance the bracelets gave me a great opportunity to explore how the DMC variegated line could work up. I have very quickly become obsessed with working in these threads as they allows you to
cheat easily create spontaneous texture and color shifts in your work. I’m not thrilled, however, at the limited range of colors in the DMC line and the one-tone-per-skein approach to variegation. Note: DMC does have a line of multi-color variegated thread as well, but unless your work calls for those specific hues you’re going to find that line limited as well.
As a result I’ve spent the last few weeks exploring how DMC Cotton thread can be dyed and manipulated to create custom variegated blends with
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious solid results. Today I want to share what products I use to make these blends, how I go about doing it, and what you can do to get different effects in the process.
Read on if you’re interested in making your own custom thread colors!
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Yellow Cloth, 2009, thread on stained tablecloth, 60″ x 50″
With this blog and with my work in general, I’ve continuously tried to show the connection between hand-craft and art. While the impetus and the ultimate goal of the creator can be different, the individual sense of expression and translation of emotion remains the same between the two disciplines. Ultimately it is this quality – the reflection of life’s circumstances into physical works – that leads to things I find appealing and filled with substance. As a result of this, when I find an artist who not only uses traditional craft methods in their work, but also uses their creations as a jumping board for individual exploration, I instantly fall in love with their work. Nava Lubelski is one such artist who has received an impressive amount of recognition, proving that I’m not the only one who values these qualities.
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I’ve got another paper artist for you guys this week, artist Bovey Lee from Pittsburgh. It’s not surprising that I’ve discussed two paper artists in a row; while many crafts have yet to receive respect as modern art, paper cutting and crafting has quickly become popular in the art world. Since paper and two dimensional surfaces have been the crux of art for thousands of years, this makes a lot of sense. Unlike last week’s artist, however, Bovey Lee works entirely in 2-dimensional cuts rooted in Chinese calligraphy and attention to detail. I’ve been interested in Chinese rice paper cuts for years (I have a vintage one on my wall right now!) and it’s fascinating to see Lee take it to the next level.
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Hello all! I don’t have much to update on as far as my own work goes as I’ve been
busy as crap otherwise occupied, but if you recall in my last “What’s Up With Stuff?” post I had some unfinished woodcut blocks to show you. Well now I have the actual pretty prints all done! Here’s the photos; info about the concept after the jump!
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