Monday, January 24, 2011

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Sorry I typed the wrong title for my blog it is Notes from 207

Sharing Techniques

I am much more comfortable with ways to apply dyes than I am about how to use blogger but I have attempted to explain some of my techniques on my blog Notes from Studio 207... so have a look if you are interested.

This piece was done on stonewashed silk using fiber reactive dyes. I begin with a deconstructed silk screen layer and then rolled stripes of dye using a foam roller. I also used a foam brush on the edge and drew on it with an extruder.

The rolled edge in finished on a baby lock.

This is a close up of the other scarf... the first layer on this one was also deconstructed silk screen. Next I over printed several times using a screen that I painted with soy wax to make the grass like marks.

All silks are steamed and then washed in the washer and dried in the dryer prior to being serged to finish the edges.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Art Cloth Network Call for Members!

Art Cloth Network is open for a few new members. If you'd like information about the group, see our website at

Those of us who are members find that the opportunities for community, conversation, sharing of techniques, inspiration and resources benefit our art and creativity. We have recently increased our membership limits to 30 members in good standing, including those on formal leave. When the number falls below 30, we accept new member applications. We currently have openings for up to six new members.

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. This includes making lengths of cloth, rather than small samples or fat quarters. Please read the information about art cloth on our website and look at examples, to make sure that you are interested in this field. Only those artists who submit examples of art cloth that meet this description will be considered for membership.

We meet as a group every 9 to 10 months in different regions of the United States, usually between August and October. Since these meetings are critical to our growth and vitality, we require attendance at 2 out of 5 consecutive meetings. Membership begins with the first meeting attended. Members bring and discuss their work at these meetings, and we share other professional concerns and opportunities. Previous meetings have been in Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, Florida, California, Georgia, Arizona, and New Jersey. The 2011 meeting will be in Florida.

We also produce a new exhibit annually, with a call for entries each year. Since opportunities for showing art cloth are limited, this is an important membership benefit. Members are required to enter two of five calls for entry in order to maintain their membership status.

Only applicants who can and will attend the next meeting will be accepted into the Art Cloth Network during this membership call period. That meeting will be in or around St. Petersburg, Florida on either October 13-16 or November 10-13, 2011. Full details about the conference and this financial commitment will be mailed to those extended a membership invitation.

The current deadline for membership applications is March 15, 2011, and you can send in your application materials at any time prior to the deadline. You will be notified by April 15, 2011 whether your application has been approved.

Send a request to in order to receive the POSTEROUS application site address.