Friday, December 20, 2013

Mother Earth and Green Man

The counterpart to Mother Earth is the Green Man.  The embodiment of nature as sentient beings.  These are both redesigns of ones I had done previously.  I wanted a couple that are more similar and complement the style of each other better.  The smile of the Green Man makes him look like he has a secret.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Waxing

When waxing an item I like to use a colored, flexible cutting board to keep the wax from getting all over the table or the other side of a shirt.  These two pictures show how the color will show through differently after the wax is applied.  It makes it easier for me to tell where I've put the wax already as well as if it soaked in properly.  If the wax is too cold it will look different.




Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Mask

Another new design.  This one is an angular mask.  I know, I'm stating the obvious.  But it seems odd not to describe it some.

It is kind of a cross between (or interpretation of) a few different tribal masks.  My grandparents were in Niger in around 1970 for work and brought back several masks.  It is also influenced by Native American masks and totem poles.  Some of the other new disigns I worked on this summer had a lot of flowing hair so this was a good way to balance it out.

Now that we have our kitchen remodel done enough that I can start cooking in it (and the dishwasher is hooked up and works!) I promise I'll do more blog posts.  I've been busy doing new designs, I just have been bad about sharing them.  Someday, I'll even take the stove off its wheeled cart.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Well, that isn't what I expected

Some days things just don't turn out the way you expect.  Both shirts were dyed in chocolate brown dye.  The pirate one is what I would expect.  The ninja one is a nice olive green.  The dye was from the same container.  I thought maybe the mixed up dye solution had sat too long, but I had a problem with the fuchsia not taking in batch of black and purple at the same time.  The black was a greenish gray and the purple was blue.  All looked good, but weren't what I was trying for.

The best guess I have is that it is related to the water softener and how long between recharging and dyeing.  We moved in April and there is hard water here.  The softener recharges based on the date rather than volume of water used.  But I'd dyed since we moved and it turned out so I didn't think much of it.

I think the next time I'm going to do a batch of shirts I'm going to have to either manually recharge the softener or order some add in softener.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Womens Art Festival

My last show of the year is the Women's Art Festival at the Midtown Minneapolis YWCA Saturday, December 14th 10am to 5pm.  It is in the gym area and with the windows around the side really nice and bright.  There are about 125 vendors so a lot of nice choices.  Music throughout the day, coffee and food, somewhere to sit and decide what to choose, and easy access to the main road.  I hope to see you there.

Minnesota Women's Art Festival

Monday, November 18, 2013

I'll be at the Holiday Craft Sale at the Roseville City Hall this Saturday, December 7th 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, December 8th 12noon to 4pm .  It benefits the Harriet AlexanderNature Center.  

This is the first year for me participating but I have shopped there before.  Since it is in the city hall building there are vendors in offices and conference rooms.  It makes it feel more like a boutique.  It also means there is a good parking lot, is accessible and well lit.

In addition to the bake sale part if it, Messy Giuseppe will be there selling pastries, sandwiches, coffee and more to sustain your shopping event.  There are normally a lot of craft shows this time of year and I know some shoppers will visit several so you might need a pick-me-up.

HCF Flyer 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Barton Art from the Heart

This Saturday, November 9th, from 10am to 3pm is the Barton Art from the Heart show at the Clara Barton Open School in South Minneapolis.  In addition to the crafters they also have student performances.  I hope you'll join us.

Handmade Arts from the Heart

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Reminder, this Saturday, October 5th 10am to 4pm I'll be at the Gustavus Adolphus Art & Craft Show in Northeast Minneapolis.  This is the 4th year I'll be there.  They have a nice show and fill a lot of the church with vendors.  I'm normally in the parking lot out front.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Afton Old School Art Studio, this weekend.

Reminder, this Saturday, September 28th 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, September 29th 11am to 4pm, I'll be at the Afton Old School Art Studio in Afton, MN.  In the park across the street is the Afton Art in the Park festival, as well as several other shows and events in the surrounding area.  I'll be in the front yard of the Old School House.  Kate and Patty put together a nice event.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Art at Rice Creek this Sunday.

Reminder, I'll be at the Art at Rice Creek Festival at Manomin Park in Fridley this Sunday, September 8th 10am to 4pm.

It is near the interchange of 694 and 94 off East River Road.  They doing a raffle where you can win an art quilt, among other items.  Check out their Facebook page to see a picture of it.  The first time I've been at this show and I'm looking forward to it.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Fire truck

This is a stencil I designed a couple months ago.  It is in the style of fire trucks from the 40s-50s.  The advantage of using stencils is that I can get sharper lines than if I was applying the was freehand.  The stencil both masks the areas so I don't put was on them, but also seems to help keep it from wicking into the fabric as much.  Also, it makes a design more repeatable.  I cut this stencil at 3 different sizes so it would scale to a toddler's shirt as well as an adult's.

In looking up pictures of fire helmets I learned that firefighters have the nickname Leatherhead since the helmets were traditionally made of leather.  The leather is being replaced with polymers and other plastics.  The back brim is wider so it helps the water run down the back rather than inside the collar.



Friday, August 23, 2013

Blue

Like the previous post, an example of color differences on cotton vs. silk and from previous batches.

The silk scarf on the right and the guy in the middle were in the same batch.  The hooded tshirt, done with the Mokume Shibori technique, on the left is the same color but from a previous batch.  I know the guy and scarf the dye was stronger.  This is Dharma Trading's Lapis.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Green

Another example of the different color on silk and cotton.  As well as in different batches.

The silk scarf on the right was in the same container, at the same time, as the flower shirt in the middle.  Although fiber reactive dye will work on silk, the colors shift a bit so it will be different.  The tiger on the left was dyed with the same color, forest green from Dharma Trading, but in a different batch.  It shows that there are differences from batch to batch.

There are several possibilities:  I may have mixed it with hotter or cooler water, it may have been a different strength, the water hardness at the new house might have made a difference, the moon wasn't full.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Find your child from a distance

A couple of really bright children's sets.  In case your toddler tries to escape, you should put them in something really bright to make it easier to spot them.  Plus, these are really cute with the safari animals on them.






Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wildness

This is one of my interpretations of a Green Man or wild man to go with Mother Nature or Earth Mother.

When I did a sample and held it up I asked my husband if it reminded him of my Dad.  He said "I wasn't going to say that."


Friday, August 2, 2013

Sailing on a green sea

While I haven't been busy posting, I have been busy creating.  We moved this spring and immediately started remodeling.  That is my excuse.  Not that I couldn't have gotten out my stuff to take pics of finished work.

When waxing something I like to use a flexible cutting board to keep the wax from getting all over the table.  It is easy to clean off but the wax doesn't smear on the next scarf or shirt so I don't have to clean it every time.  And I prefer a colored cutting board as it makes it easier to see the wax I've put down.  Which helps so I don't miss any spots.  You can see in the pictures how the color of the board shows when the wax is applied.




Friday, July 26, 2013

Upcoming shows

Below is the list of shows I will be participating in.  I hope to see you there. 
(A couple of edits now that I have confirmation of the Nov 2nd & Dec 7th shows.)

Sunday, September 8th 10am to 4pm at the Art at Rice Creek Festival at Manomin Park in Fridley.  It is near the interchange of 694 and 94 off East River Road.  They doing a raffle where you can win an art quilt, among other items.  Check out their Facebook page to see a picture of it.  The first time I've been at this show and I'm looking forward to it.

Saturday, September 28th 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, September 29th 11am to 4pm, at the Afton Old School Art Studio in Afton, MN.  In the park across the street is the Afton Art in the Park festival, as well as several other shows and events in the surrounding area.  I'll be in the front yard of the Old School House.  Kate and Patty put together a nice event.

Saturday, October 5th 10am to 4pm at the Gustavus Adolphus Art & Craft Show in Northeast Minneapolis.  This is the 4th year I'll be there.  They have a nice show and fill a lot of the church with vendors.  I'm normally in the parking lot out front. 

Saturday, November 2nd 9am to 4pm at the Craft Fair and Bake Sale at Valley Crossing Community School in Woodbury.  This is the first time I'll be at this show, but I've heard good things about it.  And it is indoors and has a good parking lot.  So that alone makes it more appealing.  I bet I'll be able to get some cookies for my husband.

Mid November is normally the Art from the Heart show at Barton Open School in South Minneapolis.  It hasn't been scheduled yet as school hasn't started.  Yes, I'm looking this far ahead.  They have student performances in dance, music and others.  I'll do a post (and update this one) when the date is set and I'm confirmed to be participating.  And they have the advantage of a parking lot so it is a bit easier to visit.

Saturday, December 7th 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, December 8th 12noon to 4pm at the Holiday Craft Sale at the Roseville City Hall.  This show benefits the Harriet Alexander Nature Center.  This is the first year for me participating but I have shopped there before.  Since it is in the city hall building there are vendors in offices and conference rooms.  It makes it feel more like a boutique.  Messy Giuseppe will be there selling pastries, sandwiches, coffee and more to sustain your shopping event.  There are normally a lot of craft shows this time of year and I know some shoppers will visit several.

And for the 4th time I'll be at the Womens Art Festival at the Midtown Minneapolis YWCA Saturday, December 14th 10am to 5pm.  It is in the gym area and with the windows around the side really nice and bright.  I believe there are about120 vendors.  Music performances throughout the day and coffee and sandwiches for sale.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Red Hot Art & Music

I'll be at the Red Hot Art and Music festival Saturday, July 27th, and Sunday, July 28th.  Saturday is from 11am to 7pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.  There will be at least 20 different bands and performers as well as demos and activities for youngsters.   Food trucks also!

It is in the Stevens Square Park in Minneapolis, a nice park with lots of trees.  Map is here.  Hope to see you.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Afton Strawberry Festival

This Saturday and Sunday, June 22nd & 23rd, I'll be at the Afton Old School Art Studio Craft Extravaganza in Afton as part of the Afton Strawberry Festival.  The old school house has been converted to an art studio and several artists will be there in addition to a large group of artists in the park across the street.  You can also check out the class offerings at the studio.

Make sure you check out the Creative Chick's Cafe Facebook page.  They do regular posts (much better at it than I am) that have a variety of information and inspiration. 

I hope to see you on this weekend.

Map is here


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Art in the Hollow

For the third year I'll be participating in the Art in the Hollow show on June 1st from 10am to 5pm.  In addition to all hand made are, they also have performances of  music and dance.  It is in a wonderful park.  The painters plan to be capturing the scenery.  With the rain we've had this spring it should be very green and the pond should be full.

The show is in the Swede Hollow park in St Paul.  Map is here.  There is parking in the school parking lot.  I hope to see you there.