Tuesday, January 19, 2016



The Art Cloth Network call for new members is here!  January 15 – March 15th 2016.
Art Cloth - cloth transformed by adding or subtracting color, line, shape, texture, value, or fiber to create a compelling surface and composition that reflects the hand of the artist.

Members of our group find that the opportunities for community, conversation, sharing of techniques, inspiration and resources have benefited our art and creativity. While some of us also make art quilts or mixed media work, the group is focused on art cloth and its specific surface design techniques and approaches that meet the definition above. This includes making lengths of art cloth, art cloth to be used in art quilts and/or wearable art that comprise a body of work that reflects your creative hand.
Send a request to jeanne@jeannesisson.com in order to receive detailed information and application instructions.

Monday, January 18, 2016

New Directions

18 January 2016

The hard cold air of today's January wind is creating a draft in my studio.
But I hardly notice as I am hard at work creating my new series. Last Spring, I
actually tore up some precious and beautifully dyed cloth. At first I was a little horrified. But, amazingly enough, that event set me on a new course. I am exploring shame and pride in the female form with the kimono shape in two and three dimensions as the substrate.

I will make twelve pieces following the color wheel and allow the process to develop the pieces as I do.  I like the chance to develop my knowledge about dye in a systematic and deep way. I want to use this opportunity to investigate techniques I haven't used consistently, like printing with thickened dye.

I began by developing the imagery and converting them to silk screens and thermofax screens and a stamp. That took all summer and much of the fall.  In November I started exploring color.

Starting with yellow,  I made samples in silk broadcloth, handkerchief linen and silk organza to explore the color palette that would represent shame and pride. I am now sorting the printing and dyeing order on silk broadcloth.

As I go along I will add posts here to keep you informed of my progress!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

What"s up in Florida?

I am teaching a deconstruction (Thanks, Kerr Grabowski) workshop for the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild in January. I just re-activated my blog and posted a teaser for the members. Here is a teaser pix for all of you and a link to my blog if you want to read more.


Go to http://fantasticfibers.blogspot.com/ for further eye candy.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Finding Exhibition Venues



Art Cloth Network Blog: Finding Exhibition Venues

My blog posting is about the various ways you can search for exhibition venues. Once you see how many opportunities are available out there for your work as an individual and also for our group you will be energized to go submit your work!

Online resources
This is by far the easiest way to find venues. You can sign up for various lists that send you upcoming opportunities on a regular basis. Below are some of the best ones.

Café Management
There are hundreds of possibilities on this site. It takes some time to go through them but there is always something of interest from exhibits to residencies and everything in between.

Similar sites include:





Fiber specific exhibit info is available on both the SDA and SAQA sites.


You can also follow local and regional museums and organizations:

For example, this is the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber

And there are individuals who post possible entries on their blogs and email letters

For example, Lyric Kinard, a fiber artist in the North Carolina has a call for entry list on her website.

Usually if you sign up to follow or get on the email list the information will come to you on a monthly or weekly basis.  Going htrough the listings can take time but you do hone your eye to see the words that matter.  And it is ifun to see hwat kinds of exhibits are going out there in the broader art world.  Also many ehxiibts now include fiber as a medium which allows you to submit and show in a different environment.

So go forth and search and REMEMBER TO CONTACT THE EHXIBIT COMMITTEE WITH THE GREAT THIGNS YOU FIND FOR ART CLOTH NETWORK.

Barbara S.




Friday, October 9, 2015

The Season of Making...

Want to see what Art Cloth Network member Russ Little is doing in his studio these days?

Click here to see a recent blog post by Russ.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Heading to Houston...

As a new member of Art Cloth Network, I am excited to take my book, Wild and Wonderful 3-D Quilts, to the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas this month!  The book features fast, fun, and easy techniques to make four different projects.

My quilt It's a Jungle Out There will be in Houston as a part of the Studio Art Quilt Associates Wild Fabrications exhibition.  If you go, look for me at booth 2014.  Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Call for New Members



The Art Cloth Network call for new members January 15 – March 15th 2015.

Art Cloth - cloth transformed by adding or subtracting color, line, shape, texture, value, or fiber to create ao0Hf2IwQMS compelling surface and composition that reflects the hand of the artist.


Members of our group find that the opportunities for community, conversation, sharing of techniques, inspiration and resources have benefited our art and creativity. While some of us also make art quilts or mixed media work, the group is focused on art cloth and its specific surface design techniques and approaches that meet the definition above. This includes making lengths of art cloth, art cloth to be used in art quilts and/or wearable art that comprise a body of work that reflects your creative hand.


www.artclothnetwork.com


Send a request to jeanne@jeannesisson.com in order to receive detailed information and application instructions.








Tuesday, December 2, 2014

FINISHING THE EDGES OF TRANSPARENT FABRIC


Many fiber artists enjoy dyeing, printing and painting transparent fabrics such as organza.  When the piece is complete it is sometimes a challenge to finish the edges so they compliment the piece.  Try the following simple method:

 

1.      Steam-press the side and bottom edges over 1 inch to the wrong side of the piece.



(Photo 1)

 
 
 





2.  Sew a narrow satin stitch along each folded edge.  You will need to experiment a bit to determine the stitch width and length that provide a smooth finish




(Photo 2)


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3.      Lay a small pair of sharp scissors against the stitching and carefully trim away the excess fabric as close to the stitching as possible.
 


(Photo 3)

4.      Press.  


 
(Photo 4)

5.      The top edge can be turned to the wrong side to form a rod pocket. A hand stitched hem will complete the piece

 

Hints: I like to use machine embroidery thread.  Select a color that either blends with the colors in your design or contrasts for extra pop.   

 

Barbara James

November, 2014

 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sparks!

This is my piece that was NOT juried into last year's challenge.  I am very fond of it and it just sold.    It's two layers of silk which were dyed together so they are the same pattern but because they are different weight and texture fabrics they took the dye completely differently color-wise.  I have embroidered to emphasize the white sparks and added a salting of foil to give it that added sparkle.

(from Deborah Weir     FiberFly@cox.net )

 



Monday, April 28, 2014

Latest art cloth work, not quite finished yet, but close.
Title as of now...
Beginning. 36 x 36", Silk broadcloth, hand dyed, discharged, screen printed, hand painted...
thinking about some
hand embroidery/beading...we'll see.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Amaryllis play



I have been playing with the photos I took of a blooming amaryllis. This one was solarized and I like what happens with the areas of the petals that are more transparent. It makes the ruffly red edges pop. There may be more amaryllis experiments in the next few days!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Water Colors exhibit hanging in progress

Today I spent 5 hours with photo intern, Amber Benson, hanging my Water Colors exhibit for 4th Friday. It went well but hanging 16 pieces is a LOT of work, hanging plus lighting plus labels, artist statements, postcards, email sign up list and other assorted materials needed to be dealt with as well. I think it looks good. Here are a few photos from the hanging. If you can come out to the Starline Gallery in Harvard, IL on Friday, January 24 from 6-9 pm it would be great to see you and I guarantee a good time!






Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Gallery space transformation

 This is the way the gallery space outside my studio looks today. Tomorrow I will be working with the 4th Friday interns to hang the 20+ pieces in my water reflection series for the featured artist show at 4th Friday at the Starline. I will post photos tomorrow of the transformed space.