Monday, September 19, 2016

Water Series at the Holland Area Arts Council MI Arts Exhibit

Water Series: 2

The Holland Area Arts Council in downtown Holland, Michigan, is hosting the 2016 MI Arts Competition and I have two pieces in the show, both in the Water Series.

I did four pieces in January and February 2015 that consisted of collaged fabric and freeform machine embroidery, mounted and hung as 2-D textiles.

The first one and the second (shown above) were first in the FUMC's "Celebration" exhibit that February.  The fourth was in the Lowell regional show that spring, the third was in the Muskegon Museum of Art's regional this summer 2016 and now the second and fourth are in the HAAC's MI Arts exhibit.

For pieces and flat work that was just an exploration of techniques using many different types of hand printed and dyed fabric, it has paid off very well in being able to show them at many different exhibits.  It seems as though my textile figures still are not accepted as "ART" as flat textile work now is.  Have to do more work on that front.

I loved combining the deconstructed screen printed cotton knit fabric (top of #2 above) with the textile painted/printed synthetic and the discharged cheesecloth (bottom) to create this perspective of water in many forms.

Water Series: 4
In Water Series: 4 the top is a black rayon from India that was first shibori stitched with round kumo circles.  I discharged it with dots.  Below that is mostly discharged cottons and a lot of cheesecloth and knits.  The green is a hideous green acetate muslin that's printed with black textile paint and was the perfect combination with the ochre yellow.  Always keep those ugly fabrics because they suddenly become just the right thing with the right patterns and colors.

Unfortunately the colors in the details for #4 are not quite right, too blue.  The colors in the full image are the right ones.

Each one of the Water Series shows water in so many different forms:  running in streams, sluggish in swamps and wetlands, boggy clay with weeds, at night in still reed ponds with the moonlight flowing down, in ice and blizzard storms, underwater with seaweed and reflected light.

Water Series: 4, Detail
Water Series: 4, Detail
I'm looking forward to somehow combining these techniques in a form I still call "Structures"--- not flat but 3-D, not a figure, but a textile form in the round.  More experiments and exploration!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Contemporary Embroidery: workshop

Meditation of Each Stripe and Red Dots

I'm planning a workshop here at my house in Byron Center, Michigan, on "Contemporary Embroidery: Surface Design to the Stitched Mark" on August 12 and 13:

For those with an adventuresome spirit but looking to work in a contemplative textile method, students will use textile paints to print and paint fabric with images of their own design during the first morning.  These images will create pattern, areas of color, or designs that inspire students to put stitching onto the fabric —anything goes!  During the afternoon and next day, “the stitched mark” or one’s own personal stitch vocabulary, will be discussed and used on fabric to create rhythm, movement, and visual and physical texture.  This workshop will strive to have students look at stitching on fabric, not as decorative, but as an expression of themselves---pulling something new and different from inside onto the cloth.  Jennifer will have many samples of her own embroidered pieces, images of contemporary embroiderers’ work from around the world, and books on hand.  A complete supply list will be sent upon registration.  Two-day workshop: $200; materials fee: $10    

There is a possibility that the workshop can be moved to Saturday and Sunday, the 13th/14th, if there are students who can't take off Friday from work.  Let me know if you are interested by going to Contact on my website:  

Red Roots

Friday, February 19, 2016

FAN Members Exhibit

"Woman in Striped Halo"
The first FAN Members Exhibit of the Fiber Arts Network of Michigan will take place at Central Michigan University's Park Library, Baber Room Gallery, from March 2 - May 1, 2016.  The reception will be Sat., April 23 from 3-5pm.

"Woman in Striped Halo"
I have "Woman in Striped Halo" and my set of 5 "Wild Face" postcards.  Please see my blog entry for Jan/Feb. 2015 to see all five.

I'm looking forward to the reception and seeing all the members' work.  FAN also biennially puts on "New Fibers" which is cutting edge work.  This is the first time to see the membership's work, even if it isn't cutting edge work.

Indigo Postcards at the Postcard Salon

"Indigo Waters #1"
Postcard #1
The annual winter Postcard Salon at the Muskegon Museum of Art is an event that I make sure I not only attend but send my five 4"x 6" postcards to them for display on the wall.  It's usually very well attended (people are having cabin fever probably) even in bad weather and the reception food is fabulous.

"Indigo Waters #2"
Postcard #2
Look back at my 2015 "Wild Faces" for a comparison.  Previous to that, my first year 2013, my first postcards were collages of leaf prints and monoprinted leaves. (I didn't send in anything for 2014 as it took me 2 years to do the Wild Faces.)

"Dots Moving Under Indigo Water"
Postcard #3
This time, because I am working on pieces for the 2016 MLH Biennial Fiber Show at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City (MI) and the  MLH summer workshops at which I am teaching an indigo/shibori workshop (see info at, I decided to do these small shibori-stitched and indigo-dyed work.

Numbers 1 and 2 are mokume stitched fabric which are lines of running stitches that are pulled into very tight gathers.  Number 1 is on white fabric, indigo dyed and then free-form machine stitched with variegated rayon thread.  Number 2 is the same as above but on a coral colored cotton lycra (the same fabric as on the right side of #3 and #4 postcards).

"Undulating Under Indigo Water"
Postcard #4
Numbers 3 and 4 are collaged fabrics as described above, except the middle piece on #3 and the left and middle of #4 are stitched in ori-nui (folded, then stitched and gathered) that results in what I call a molar/teeth print.

Number 5 is a collage of a maki-age or creating a shape from a running stitch in which I stitched a leaf shape.
"Leaf Floating on Indigo Water"
Postcard #5

Thank you so much to the two people who purchased #1 and #4 postcards last night!  I know who purchased #4 as she is a weaving friend of mine, but I didn't get to see who bought #1.  If it's you, please let me know and I'll put you in my inventory book!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Flat River Gallery Show, Dec. 2-Jan.29

Meditation:  Sticks at Sunrise
Monoprinted and embroidered
Oh, it has been a while since I posted!  I have been busy, especially with the indigo and shibori workshops, printing the last of the deconstructed screen printed fabrics, stitching both shibori pieces as well as the monoprinted embroideries, and new dolls for my upcoming exhibit:

December 2 - January 29

219 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331
(616) 987-6737
RECEPTION:  Sat., Dec. 5, 2-5pm

"Jennifer Gould creates art dolls of fabric using her hand printed textiles of quirky characters. Those textiles that don't pop up into 3-D form become stitched and embellished pieces of abstract imaginings."

I'm looking forward to being the featured artist for this 2-month period.  I have a group of somewhat different dolls to show and the monoprinted embroideries that have been so important to my work this past year.  I've included a lot of embroidery on both dolls and the wall pieces and indigo dyed and shibori stitched work.  Look forward to seeing old (friends forever, that is) and new friends at the reception.

Blue Faced Woman with
Yellow Legs

Friday, August 28, 2015

Indigo/Shibori and SD/Embroidery Workshops

Well, the indigo and shibori workshop ended up being at my studio (garage and driveway) as well as the SD/embroidery one since there weren't enough students for the Red Spirit.  Fortunately the weather was glorious and students came up with, of course, the most wonderful fabric.  They studied the basic stitches by doing a page of each type for their notebooks and then used those stitches to embellish fabric as well as clothes.  I encouraged them to bring colored fabric, too, which gave great results.  A couple of women had to leave before I did the slide show on my laptop of the 2005 World Shibori Symposium in Tokyo and all the associated gallery exhibits around the city, as well as my trip to Arimatsu which is considered the shibori capitol of Japan.  The SD/embroidery weekend turned out to be mostly stitching for more indigo dyeing which ended up to be fun and colorful, even though that weekend's temps were in the low 90s.

My personal experiments were doing ori-nui on ribbing from sweatshirts--- I have a doll series of Pisces Women in mind for these.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

From Surface Design to the Stitched Mark: Class at the Red Spirit Retreat Center

"Une Petite Rien" by Jennifer
Gould, paper towel, mono-
printed, hand embroidered

I'll be teaching "From Surface Design to the Stitched Mark" at the Red Spirit Retreat Center in Ganges/Fennville, just south of Saugatuck/Douglas, Michigan, on Sat./Sunday, Aug. 15-16, 2015, following the "Indigo and Shibori" class the previous weekend.  The info is up on the with explanations and fees.  Hope you can take part.
"Clouds and Rain" 2012 by Jennifer Gould,
rayon monoprinted, hand embroidered