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Fall 2012 Recap

Last Semester, I had 5 classes and 15 credit hours.  They were as follows:

  • Roman Art
  • Contemporary Mexican Photography
  • Watercolor II
  • Printed Textiles
  • 3D Fibers

Roman Art was a blast.  Contemporary Mexican Photography was a joke.  Watercolor II was alright.  Printed Textiles was amazing.  3D Fibers was also a joke.

That about sums it up.  But let me show you some images.  Let’s start with Watercolor.

I don’t have too many images that I took from Watercolor II.  That class build upon what I had previously learned in Watercolor I.  It was an odd semester, though, because our professor was sick for about a month and we’d come to class only to see a sign on the door stating that she was not going to be there and we were encouraged to work on our paintings during class time.  Ha.  Haha.  Hahahaha.  My friend, Kelly, and I decided that it we could work on our paintings better at home and spent the time in some other productive way until 3D Fibers later in the day.  I’ve never done so many self portraits though.  Our assignments were a 21st century art piece, 7 self portraits in different styles, another self portrait utilizing geometric shapes, white on white, an imagined landscape, and an artist study.

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Geometric Self Portait

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White on White in Progress

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In Progress Artist Study of Susan Shatter

I enjoyed revisiting watercolor, however, I did not enjoy studying my face so much.  I hope to upload images to my Drawing and Painting portfolio.

3D Fibers.  Ohhh…3D Fibers.  Let’s just say that our first assignment was 5 weeks spent on creating a group project with paper plates.  Paper.  Plates.  PAPER.  PLATES.  What a joke.  I don’t meant to be so negative, but I was expecting something more from an upper division class!  My group’s project came out fairly well regardless of the material we were given to use.  We made a barn owl we fondly named Wesley after Wesley the Owl.

Wesley the Owl

Wesley the Owl

After that project, we had something a little more of what we were expecting, however, with less time to work on it.  I made jellyfish.

Jellyfish in Progress

Jellyfish in Progress

I totally want to revisit this project and make better jellies.

Dyeing the Jellies

Dyeing the Jellies

I believe after that was a wearable project…I don’t have images of it though.  I made a “Security Jacket.”  I basically altered a shirt I bought at Goodwill and made knitted, crocheted and sewn pieces to go on it.

The project after the wearable one was a felted project.  I felted over wolf figurines that I’ve had since I was a kid.

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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Clever title, no?  I made 5 total, but the three pictured above were the best.

Printed Textiles had to be my favorite studio class of the semester.  We learned so many new techniques that I’m continuing to explore.  Our first print was a random one.

Barney and Baby-Bop at the Beach

Barney and Baby-Bop at the Beach

Seriously.  That’s what it looks like.  Haha.  I guess it was just the colors I subconsciously chose.

Our next assignment was to explore tessalations.

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Leap-Frog was next.

Leap Frog in Progress

Leap Frog in Progress

I did all of that in one night.  It sat like this for a while because I wasn’t sure of a border.  I ended up putting one on, but I’m not too fond of it.

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The last assignment was pretty much anything we wanted.  I chose to do a compositional piece about my dream studio.

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Dream Studio in Progress

At this point we had learned the photo process of making screens for screen printing.  You can see here that I really utilized this technique.

Finished Dream Studio

Finished Dream Studio

During the critique, we decided that this print looked much better with the sides cropped.

So, that’s a brief synopsis of last semester.  A lot seemed to happen both inside and outside of school.  I was hired and laid off, relationships were haywire.  But, hey, I survived.  I also was accepted into the Annual Undergraduate Juried Show in the Harry Wood Gallery.  More about that in the next post!

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!