Almost finished the pages for “The Tree of Life” book,¬† just stitching around the edges and then onto constructing the book. On this page I’ve stamped the image on “Gelli” print fabric then stamped the same image onto paper, cut it in half and layered it over the fabric image. Who says paper and fabric don’t work together.
Don’t you just love it when you get goodies in the mail. This lot consisted of more sari silk ribbon ( got a lot now ), stencils from “Artistcellar” and two books that look pretty exciting “500 Paper Objects” and Suzi Blu’s new book, “Mixed Media Girls”.
Well I thought it was time to introduce Lucy, she is a cross Golden Retreiver and Great Pyrenees puppy. She is about 18 weeks old and weighs 38lbs she’s a real sweetie !
I have a friend called Bernie Berlin who runs an animal rescue in Tennesse called ” A Place to Bark “ and she thought this little one would fit in well with my other two Goldens and she was right,they all do get on well together !
Jamie Malden of “Colouricious” has invited me to teach next year in England. Two workshops one on surface design and the other one on a fabric book. These will both incorporate using her wonderful Indian wood block stamps. I have been a collector of these blocks since the early nineties when I was first introduced to them on my City & Guilds course, daren’t tell you how many I’ve got !
We decided to call the book “The Tree of Life” as I am using tree and leaf stamps. The pages are painted cotton using Gelli plates. I’ve used different media on each block, acrylic paint, embossing on velvet, photo transferred image on silk fabric, paper clay pressed into blocks, puff paint through a stencil, modeling paste through a stencil and Tyvek stamped images machine stitched onto felt.
Did I mention that I am teaching at ” Art-is- You ” in Conneticut in October !!!
The Lady Book
One of my favorite media of late is color run sheets, I use ‘ Shout’. After they have gone through a wash cycle then the dryer they take on a more fabric feel and look.
I lay a stencil on the top and with a spatula spread a light modeling paste lightly across the top.
Remove the stencil ( carefully ) and leave to dry. One of the things I like about this is that the modeling paste shrinks up the fabric as it dries so you get a lovely raised effect.
The design (without the paste) is painted with gold acrylic paint.
I lightly rubbed a rubber stamp ink pad.brown lightly over the raised areas.
I’m eventually going to use it as a book cover !
Well I’m am working hard ! Doing lots of prep work which I really enjoy, you don’t have to put much thought into it just play. I try not to plan too much here as I find things just happen and it’s a case of¬† ‘oh look at that ”
I’ve used Habotai silk ( which is my favorite), gauze silk and window sheers; I’ve dyed them all with Jacquard Silk Color dyes. I use all different dyes the easier to use the better. Procion used to be my favorite I loved the colors but now I’m a bit cautious. Quite often when there is a lot of dye left over rather than waste it I’ll put anything in there that can be dyed, hence the watercolor paper. The last photo shows a sheet of paper that I made with wallpaper, scrim, thick gesso pressed into with a rubber stamp. When dry I ran different colors of dye into it.
I’ve been informed by my publishers that my book Mixed Media Explorations is now out of print, it ran for seven years so I think that is amazing and thanks to all of you that bought it !
Dale’s piece of art work for WA Craft Show in Perth is finally finished.
The center panel in red is Tyvek which has been machined stitched in circles layered on a piece of cotton fabric, I then used a heat gun to melt away some of the Tyvek in certain areas. I lay it on a larger piece of felt and hand stitched strips of sari silk fabric around the Tyvek panel. On top of the sari strips I lay strips of book page paper and hand stitched on it, I also beaded with bugle beads around the Tyvek panel and added other beads around the edge.¬† It was fun to do, I love playing with Tyvek you never know what will happen to it when the heat is applied !
Well to-day was my birthday and I had a great day ! My cousins came over from England for a few days and I think we did everything you can imagine in that time, Princeton art museum, the Metropolitan museum, Moma, two shopping malls and finally a day at Fonthill in Doylestown and it snowed and snowed !!!!!!
Thought you might like to read my intro to become a member of “8 That Create” written by Gloria Hansen :-
Beryl Taylor’s Artistry
Gloria Hansen here.
Carol introduced you to Kristin; Liz introduced you to Natalya. I am over-the-moon happy that I have the pleasure of introducing our other two new members: Beryl Taylor and Benedicte Caneill, both of whom I consider dear friends.
Today I present Beryl Taylor. Beryl creates amazing art. I’ve followed her work for years, and was practically first in line to get her Mixed Media Explorations: Blending Fabric, Fabric and Embellishment to Create Inspired Designs back when it was published in 2006 by Quilting Arts LLC. Not only has the book gone on to be wildly successful, but her innovative methods of creating “fabric paper” to incorporate into her unique artwork launched an entire trend with others going on to publish their variations based on Beryl’s method.
I knew Beryl was from England, and that she trained at the City & Guilds textile and embroidery program, but I was floored to learn that she, her husband, and son moved several years ago to the same town as my mom in NJ, about a 15 minute drive from my home! It wasn’t long afterwards that she contacted me relating to a web project, and I was thrilled with the opportunity to work with her. Having been in the crewel embroidery master craftsman program through the Embroiderer’s Guild of America many years ago, I was immediately captivated by her attention to detail and exquisite hand work. Next thing we were swapping stories, sharing work, and becoming fast friends.
Every time I visit Beryl she wows me with whatever it is she is working on. Never fail she’ll smile and say, “You won’t believe what I made this from, ” as she then describes some unusual concoction of what sounds like trash, such discarded book pages, tossed away lace with holes in it, tissues, the shredded lining of a jacket, napkins, torn pieces of wallpaper, molding paste, or other such things. She’ll then explain how she combined those materials with more traditional ones such as gesso, paint, beads, and thread. She is an absolute master at transforming such mixes into sophisticated and rich pieces of art that go far beyond her original ingredients. Her work is complex and layered, yet soothing and inviting. She combines hand stitching with machine, ragged hard edges with softness, and I find myself often getting lost in her work, discovering new details as I move in closer and wonder through the textures.
While visiting with her this week she pulled out a huge clear plastic bag filled with what at first glance looked like a massive pile of corn husks. She explained it was a gown from the 18th century that someone gave her. The silk fabric was heavily pleated , and it shredded in our hands as we stroked it. She said, “Look at this texture. Let’s use it in some fabric paper and see how it comes out.” (In a future post, we’ll share some results.) That is one of the many things I love about her: She has not only the vision to look at things through the lens of artistic possibility, but the drive to explore, play, and discover. She is a very cool lady to have as a friend!
Beryl has taught for several years, sharing her methods and inspiring many, many students. She also stars in the Mixed-Media Art Quilts DVD and Layer by Layer DVD, both available at the Interweave Store, in addition to several appearances on Quilting Arts TV Her work is also regularly appears in a variety of other books publications.
Beryl is a beautiful woman, inside and out, and I am so pleased that she joined 8 That Create!
Beryl shared eight things she loves, which are:
1. To give life back to a tossed book
2. To stitch by hand or with my machines.
3. To work with all types of media.
4. To travel, it inspires me, I love the museums of different countries.
5. Music, especially romantic; I always create with music in the background.
6. My two Golden Retrievers, Buddy and Holly.
7. My family and friends.
8. I believe in Angels (and ABBA).
I have a ton of these work books which I work on infrequently, sometimes they are trial pages for new paints , rubber stamps, stencils, glitter glue and over a period of time they develop into really exciting pages. The books themselves can vary i.e. altered books, exercise books, expensive water color paper books and my favorite handmade books. I’ve been known on many occasions to put a book on the sewing machine and stitch away, even though the machine isn’t happy about it ! Different shapes and sizes are really appealing to me, small is best. When I’ve worked on a certain size I then have to find one that is a completely different shape and size or else I become bored, I have a very short concentration span, is this a good thing or not where art is concerned !
This is a really good exercise if you are a nervous artist as it doesn’t matter if you make a mistake as it’s just a fun experiment anyway and you can just paint over it and move onto the next page !