First, I have to say I am having a blast! This is a whole new world for me - handpainting directly on the cloth - no silkscreens or thermofaxes. My original inspiration came from Helen Frankenthaler. One of our assignments for the last class was to prepare a presentation on an artist. Then I studied other artists from the same period. I felt drawn to make marks on cloth with my own hands (and the use of some tools!) rather than relying on stamps, stencils and silkscreens.
I was talking with a friend (and artist) the other day about her current project. She has been having a difficult time finding just the right imagery for her project. She has spent hours researching and working with photoshop. I know exactly how she feels, because I've gone through that numerous times. As we talked, I realized how free I feel working on this series because that is not an issue.
Here are photos of the three pieces that are "finished". Not in the ready-to-hang sense, but in terms of any dyeing, painting, etc.
This is silk broadcloth. It was inspired by Barnett Newman. His work features vertical lines, which he calls "zips". He tends to use more solid colors, but I wanted to create a softer look. No resists on this one, other than the masking tape. But I'm thinking of a redo, using sodium alginate as a resist.
This is a silk/soy blend. Great fabric available from Thai Silks. The silk side is satin, the soy side is similar to a broadcloth. Because of the blend, the colors are different on each side. I started with a flour paste resist, then mixed up red in four intensities and used a credit card to scrape the color onto the cloth. This one is my favorite so far.
Stability Amidst Chaos
This is silk broadcloth. I started with soy wax to block off the circles in a vertical line. Then I used flour paste brushed on in circles to create the texture in the background. Then several layers of hand painting with blue and orange dye and just a touch of copper leaf.
Five more in the works - I'll post more as I finish them.