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See my work at CCAC until Sept. 3

See my work at CCAC until Sept. 3

Many of you have seen the collage of hand printed fabric I've been working on throughout my travels in the past month. It was a duel duty project that was a perfect side activity to keep me out of trouble during all the hurry up and wait time that comes with travel and also helped me pull together my first ever submission to a local art show.

 Stitching while waiting in CVG.

Stitching while waiting in CVG.

I submitted the piece last week to the Clifton Cultural Arts Center for inclusion in their Uptown & Around show which started last Friday, August 18. See www.cliftonculturalarts.org for more information. Artists in Clifton and surrounding neighbors were encouraged to participate in this non-juried show by submitting one piece. The show will hang until Sept. 3. You can view the work during regular CCAC hours. It was a perfect low-stress way to show my work. Plus! You can purchase pieces that take your fancy, with the artist receiving 75% of the proceeds and 25% going to the CCAC. It'd be great if my piece goes to a loving home!

 The printed bits before becoming a collage. I used King Tut Egyptian cotton machine weight thread to stitch it all together, color #932. I think I choose the thread color before the fabrics! That glorious!

The printed bits before becoming a collage. I used King Tut Egyptian cotton machine weight thread to stitch it all together, color #932. I think I choose the thread color before the fabrics! That glorious!

My piece, called "Blues", is a combination of blue/gray/green fabric pieces I designed and hand silk screen printed. Japanese embroidery holds the pieces in place. The fabrics all were upcycled from thrift store clothing that I washed, deconstructed and then screen printed with my own patterns. I make purses and small bags from the fabric I print. Sometimes I mix and match fabrics. I always have lots of leftover bits of printed fabrics.

I've been experimenting with fabric collage and Japanese embroidery to create an altogether different something else from my excess. A couple years ago, I tried making a pillow case, using a patterned commercial linen as background to blues, grays, and browns that I printed. The embroidery thread is No. 10 Pearl cotton in silver gray and bronze. I did a hack of traditional Japanese embroidery running stitch with a few traditional American/European embroidery daisy stitches to mimmick the wonky daisy pattern in one of the fabrics. A fun project. Also done while traveling. Looks pretty nice. However, I never made it into a pillow.

 My printed fabrics collaged using #10 Pearl cotton

My printed fabrics collaged using #10 Pearl cotton

Earlier this summer, I made a small wall hanging of a bronze/mustard color linen with a collage of my fabrics that highlighted well on the background color. I love working with interesting color combinations. The No. 10 cotton thread was too heavy for the cotton and linen collage pieces, so I tried the same running stitch using King Tut Egyptian cotton machine weight thread, just one thickness. It's a variegated orange/bronze/yellow combination, color #912. Yummy colors that set off the printed fabrics well. I like the bit of pucker the stitching created.

I'd had a bit of practice by the time the CCAC Uptown & Around show was announced. It takes a bit of planning to have a piece ready to go to enter by deadline. With a trip to California for my niece's wedding on the horizon, I took the opportunity to pull together another collage so I'd have something to work on during travel and down time. With this project, I knew how to baste the pieces in place (basting glue! who knew?) and other variables that could doom my piece before it ever made it to framing. Oh, yeah, framing...costly, difficult, got help from husband. Enough said, ahem. It got done and in for the show. Hope you get to see it live if you're local.

Last tidbit. When traveling with this project, I packed along a tiny sewing kit in one of my hand printed "pencil" cases (can be used for so much more!) so my supplies were all together and easy to find when I needed them. I rolled the collage and stored it in a slim plastic sleeve in my personal carry on bag. The project did keep me busy and out of trouble.

 

 My portable stitch kit. (Needles live inside the felt folder, also handmade by me.)

My portable stitch kit. (Needles live inside the felt folder, also handmade by me.)

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