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Gallery Show: Subtextiles follow-up!

Whoo, boy!  This semester has become quite busy as it comes to a close!  Here is a little snippet of how the show opening went.


My work up on the wall!


This woman is the best mentor and professor anyone could ask for. I’m so blessed to have been able to study under such a wonderful lady!



Fibers loves Clare!

It was a very joyous night for the eight of us in the show.  Many people stopped by to check out what was a very successful show for the Fibers department at ASU!


Gallery Show: Subtextiles



I’m excited to announce that my Senior Exhibition show, Subtextiles, is up right now in Gallery 100 on the ASU Tempe campus!

Photo Mar 10, 11 32 11 AM

My classmates and I put it up on March 8, but it is only open this week, March 18-22, Mon-Thurs 12-5 and Fri 12-3.  The reception is tomorrow evening, Tuesday, March 19 from 6-8pm.  I hope that you stop by to check it out!  It’s a wonderfully put together Fibers show.

Photo Mar 10, 10 34 47 AM

Press: Fibers Students in ASU’s State Press

Last week, we had a young woman named Luu Nguyen come into our Printed Textiles class to film students working and our professor explaining what exactly Fibers entails.  Luu was filming for an online article for the State Press that a student by the name of Mackenzie McCreary was writing about some of the lesser known or odder majors out there at Arizona State.  Here is the link to the article titled Major Breakthrough: A Survey of Surreptitious Studies.

Fibers from The State Press on Vimeo.

Afternoon with an Artist

I had my first artist play-date today!  A little over a week ago, while eating sushi with Erich and his mom, Colleen, we connected with the people sitting next to us at the bar.  Long story short, I connected with Catherine Newhart.

Today, we spend some time together.  I got to see her storage unit studio and its set up (very clever!), looked at some of the books she had on hand, and got some free supplies.  We had a late lunch and coffee later and ran errands.

The three books Catherine pulled out for me to look at were Creating with Paint, Creative Stamping with Mixed Media Techniques, and Creative Embellishments: For Paper, Jewelry, Fabric and More.  All three are by Sherrill Kahn.  I found the most inspiration from Creative Embellishments, however, all three had some fabric/fibers included.

Image from Impressmenow.com

It was a wonderful time and I’m looking forward to spending time with Catherine again!

Living My Dream Goal: Internship in San Diego

This is my summer.  As of Saturday, May 19, I have moved to San Diego for three months!  I am interning at a shop called The Grove where I am working with one of the co-owners, S,  in the yarn and fiber department, assisting customers and overall learning how a yarn store (with other vendors) runs.

I apologize ahead of time for the nature of this post.  I just want to catch you up a bit on what I’ve been doing so far!

Tuesday, May 22, I worked my first day.  Though I was very tired at the end of it, it was a blast.  I got to know the yarns, made an alphabetical list of all of them, did an inventory of the needles on hand, and even ordered new needles over the phone! I am certainly learning a lot in a short period of time.  I started a sample for a future class being held in June called the Baby Chalice Blanket.

The next day, Wednesday, I learned how to do receiving for products and print labels.  I also made labels for the yarn shelves, making them more uniform looking.

I didn’t have to go back in until Saturday when the other co-owner, A, was working.  I basically just straightened up the yarn shelves, did some receiving, and sat and knit all day long.  I got to help out a couple of customers and one even sat and knitted with me for the last hour I was working!

Wednesday, May 30, there was a class in the evening which I was going to sit in on.  It was for a lace scarf or shawl pattern called Claire.  I helped to wind yarn from skeins to balls and got to start the project myself.  It’s a super easy repeat to remember.  I asked if I could pay for the yarn I was using and S said that she wanted me to have it because I’m doing so much for her.  I guess I’m being paid in yarn!

Thursday, May 31, I got to learn how to use the register!  That made things a lot easier on both S and I because then if I was working on the computer, I wouldn’t have to stop what I was doing to find her so she could check out customers.  I’m still a little awkward with it, considering I’ve never had any previous retail experience.

Friday, June 1, I was sick.  Honestly, it sounded worse than it felt, so I went ahead and went to work.  I did some receiving and made some signs for the store.  I got to meet the vendor who takes care of the fabrics and helped her with little things she needed done.  By the end of the day, I was not feeling good, but I made it through the workday.

Saturday, June 2, I manned the desk while S worked with a customer who wanted to learn more knitting techniques.  It was funny because my voice was messed up from being sick, but at least I felt a LOT better.  Business was pretty busy in the morning due to the Burlingame Home Tour.  Burlingame is a historic neighborhood in South Park.

Sunday, June 3, was  a shorter and more quiet day.  I think due to that, I don’t remember much of anything interesting or exciting that happened.

The Grove is closed on Mondays.

Tuesday, June 5, I worked at the desk and helped a customer find her next knitting project.  S also left me alone with the store for about 40 minutes so that she could go home to eat lunch.  She was so excited to get to do that.

Wednesday, June 6, was pretty slow, but S and I started working on a physical inventory.  She is so happy to have me around helping out.  And of course, I’m more than happy to be there because I get to work with the yarns and knit at the end of each day.

This summer, I plan to keep my blog updated on happenings at the Grove, things I learn, and projects I accomplish while in San Diego.

Shibori Stitch Resist and Indigo Dye

For Advanced Surface Design, I proposed my next project after the reliquary to be creating a rock garden using stitch resist and Indigo dye.   I planned to cut a piece of fabric into three pieces, stitch resist them separately, dye them, and then sew them back together again.

The stitch resist took about 5 hours alone.  I stayed up till 3:30am for the first one.

One part already stitched up, two waiting.

After all three had been stitched and the stitches were pulled tight, I put them in the indigo dye.

The one closest has only been dyed once. The two in the back had been done twice.

The most rewarding part of this project had to be when I was taking all of the stitching out after dying each piece and seeing the resist lines on the fabric.

It was also fun to watch my hands turn blue.  There’s something so rewarding to me about getting my hands dirty in the creative process.

This was only the beginning…they were much more blue after all three pieces had been totally undone.

I had made a plan of how I was going to get the entire project done before the critique.  However, the critique was changed to an in progress critique and so we did not have to have our projects completely finished by March 26th.  On that day, I simply had a piece of blue fabric that had been stitched back together with some shibori on it.  Clearly, it needed something else.  So I decided to start making french knots all the way around to make a simple border.

After that, it still needed something.  I consulted with my professor and we decided it needed something to break up the middle ground: red stitches.

And then after I was finished with that, it still needed something, didn’t it?  Another simple border.  I dyed a piece of cotton navy blue, but it wasn’t dark enough for my liking, so I put it in the indigo dye a few times to get it an even deeper blue.

And then, it was done.

Project Progress: Reliquary, Better Late Than Never

I kept meaning to take pictures of the progress of this reliquary project for Advanced Surface Design, but it just never happened.  I maybe have one shot of me embroidering it.  Also, blogging is one of the last things I’m thinking of as I’m in panic mode (this entire weekend was panic mode) trying to make something work, or trying to finish it on time.  So, here is my Requiem for a Sand Dollar.

The embroidered purple swirly things are meant to be something like mermaid tails because it is a folk belief that sand dollars are lost mermaid coins.  The blue embroidery reminded me of tentacles. The strings along the sides are threaded through the middle (under the sand dollar).  They are attached to the shell at the bottom and when you pull them, the box closes.

However, you have to pull pretty hard and hold it.  It won’t stay closed.  This frustrates me because the size requirement says 6×6″ (or 7, she gave us an inch of breathing room).  And open, it’s not that size.  My sister made the comment that it is a reliquary for something from the sea and the sea cannot be contained, so it wants to burst out.  I liked that.

Also, the sort of flower embroidery on the outside was meant to represent the design on sand dollars.

Eek, straining tendon from holding it so tight!

Why did I do a sand dollar?  It goes along with the ocean theme I had started last semester in my first Surface Design class.  Also, I was thinking about how many reliquaries have bits of bone and things from saints.  Well, a sand dollar isn’t but a skeleton of a sea animal so I thought it was fitting.

Critique is this afternoon (Monday, February 13), and I’m a bit nervous because I felt like this project could have gone so much better.  Namely, I wish it would stay closed without me holding it.  But, again, it’s the sea and it cannot be contained.  I’m considering having it hang on the wall until we get to me in the critique.

Now, I would like to know what you think of this.  Please let me know in the comments below!