Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Glue Gun Stencils: What Fun!

Making hot glue gun stencils was an absolutely fun time inspired by Traci Bautista's "Printmaking Unleashed" book (North Light Books).  That is MAKING the stencils was so much fun.  I actually use the "stencils" as rubbings.   In making them, just make sure you connect the glue line enough times to keep the lines together without falling apart. (My original post was on Dec. 14, 2015.)

Glue gun stencils - be sure to connect the lines
often so the stencil doesn't fall apart

Here are some images of the rubbings I made:

Embroidered Collages: Small is good!

I have been working on small pieces, as well as dolls, and love the ability to take pieces from my tubs of handprinted, dyed and painted scraps to make what I am calling Improvisational Embroidered Collages.  Taking one piece that looks inspiring and adding it to another with stitching satisfies that part of me that can't through away anything, especially fabric that I've worked to hand dye, print, paint or embellish.  These are my most recent pieces:

Jennifer Gould "Purple Clouds on the Horizon,"  8" x 6", synthetics, cotton; deconstructed screen printing (DSP), rubbing, printing, stamping, embroidery

Jennifer Gould "Radiating Spiral," 5" x 7.5", Indian dyed/printed cotton, synethics, sheers; stenciling, fine line printing, hand and machine embroidery

Jennifer Gould, "Out There," 6" x 11", cotton, synthetics; hand printed,
stamped, drawn, embroidered

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Profusion: newest 3-D shibori indigo piece

Profusion is my latest piece in three-dimensional shibori stitched and indigo dyed work.  It's 10" x 10" x 3" deep; cotton, Procion MX dyes, textile paint, indigo and shibori.  Also, because the pre-stretched canvas frame has almost a 2" deep side, I added flattened fabric to the edges to give a wrap-around effect.

I wanted to do more than just have blue on white fabric and decided to dye paint large areas of bright colors.  Relearning to mix Procion MX dyes was good experimentation because I discovered that my red and pink dyes had died.  So, I brought out my ProFab textile paints and did a thin wash over those faded areas.  Knowing that indigo does attach to textile paint (can't be too plastic-y though), I was glad of the results.

Unfortunately in this new Blogger, I can't get the caption to appear no matter how I follow the instructions in the Help section.  

I find it amazing in this new virtual exhibit reality we have right now that we can have one piece in multiple shows and never physically send it anywhere!

Here's what it looks like when it's all scrunched up after pulling and tying off the stitches.

The second photo shows an entire dishpan filled with indigo dyed fabric.  There are all different colors of blue because indigo overdyes beautifully and creates lovely and unusual colors.  My favorite is indigo on orange/yellow!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

New Dolls for ArtCats Gallery

Oriental Poppy Woman
Sunflower Woman

A customer at ArtCats Gallery in Muskegon MI requested a commission for two Square Headed Women dolls in the flower themes of Oriental Poppy and a second one of Sunflower.  It was a great challenge that I loved.

I used some fabric from my most recent 3-D shibori stitched and indigo dyed fabric to make the dress fabric for the two dolls.  The dress for the Poppy is mokume which reminded me of the leaves of the Oriental Poppy.

Sunflowers have big oval pointed leaves.  The dress for the Sunflower Woman is exaggerated whole cloth ori-nui pressed flat unlike the Poppy Woman.

The petals of the poppy are red silk organza around black flocked netting.  The sunflower is constructed of many yellow cotton petals, ruched yellow-orange crinkled cotton and a discharged green knit fabric. Both dolls' flowers have stems of my printed knit tube.  And both have green UltraSuede faces!

Oriental Poppy leaf

3-D Shibori Indigo Pieces for "Tiny But Mighty" exhibit

Pink Volcano Landscape
Wild Jungle Leaves
Lush Bananas

I've continued with the three-dimensional shibori and indigo dyed work.

This time I did 8" x 8" square pieces (the maximum size required for the entries to the "Tiny But Mighty" exhibit at the d'Art Center in Norfolk VA).  This is their 2nd National Exhibition of Small Artworks.

The "Pink Volcano Landscape" piece is a collage of cotton and knit fabric shibori.  The kumo "mountains" and ori-nui wiggles are two of the most 3-D shibori which I love doing.

"Wild Jungle Leaves" is shaped shibori (maki-age) which I love to do in leaf shapes.  The cotton was dyed as low immersion in yellows and oranges so that overdyeing in indigo created an odd green.

"Lush Bananas" is a whole cloth piece in exaggerated ori-nui.  The embroidery uses the holes created during the first shibori stitching.

Friday, June 12, 2020

3-D Shibori Stitched Indigo Dyed Pieces

Oceans Deep 1, 33"t x 23"w
Wow, it has been such a long time since I last posted!  But I have been very busy, especially working on and finishing these two 3-D shibori stitched and indigo dyed pieces:  Oceans Deep 1 and 2.

Detail, Oceans Deep 1
Initially they started out as one very large piece that was 3'w x 5't--- too much for my arms and hands to handle.  I took it apart to embroider the shapes and really make them stand up and be three-dimensional.  I used the holes already made by the shibori stitching and my purple hand dyed embroidery floss.

I realized that they didn't fit together any longer after the stitching (of course it shrank). In the end I think it looks much better as two pieces.

Oceans Deep 2 is actually a deep green (a melon yellow overdyed with indigo creates an interesting green). Oceans Deep 1 is an odd blue gray on a slightly orangey yellow cotton with beading and purple synthetic sheer painted with blue and used as additional "ribs" on the huge kumo circles.

I've entered these two pieces into the Surface Design Association (SDA)'s "Exhibition in Print" so I'm hoping to see them in this Fall's 2020 Journal.

I'm looking forward to working on more pieces as the 3-D aspect is so much fun to plan and execute.

Oceans Deep 2, 76"t x 23"w
Detail - Oceans Deep 2

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

New Collaged Embroideries: January 2020

Chinese Shoes, 7.25" x 10"
by Jennifer Gould

I am really pleased with my work in January.  I had foot surgery (hammer toe) on Jan. 7 and forced inactivity gave me almost a month to sit and work on a series of pieces.  My first is the "Chinese Shoes" which I did on a day when my fiber arts group in Grand Rapids was meeting.  I couldn't be there as I wasn't able to go out yet.  I was watching YouTube videos on my laptop of Chinese costume designer, Guo Pei, and so inspired by her fantastically gorgeous and outrageous costumes.
The Wizard's Tower,
5" x 16"
by Jennifer Gould

I've been working on pieces that are not rectangular or square, but with edges or shape that are either asymmetrical or uneven.
Alien Monoliths, 8.25" x 15" by Jennifer Gould

"The Wizard's Tower" followed, then "Alien Monoliths."  I love the cave-like shape of this latter piece and the floating monoliths.  I made a lot of monoprinted fabric last year and I've begun to use them in my pieces (background of "Alien Monoliths").  This piece includes freeform machine sewing on the background, handstitching on the textile printed and arashi shibori and indigo dyed cotton knit and shibori/indigo dyed brown linen; the cotton embroidery floss is handdyed.

Donut Holes Tumbling through Green Air,
6.5” x 27” (and detail)
I had begun "Donuts Tumbling through Green Air" years ago and now had time to finish embroidering the remaining rayon printed fabric.  A fun piece which includes commercial rayon fabric, and handdyed silk noil.
Silk Pagoda, 6" x 22"
by Jennifer Gould

"Silk Pagoda" included a small portion on the bottom of printed silk from the bolt end of kimono fabric.  The first kanji (Chinese characters) reads "silk."
Alien Landscapes 2, 26" x 12"

"Alien Landscapes 2" uses two pieces of monoprinted acetate, freeform machine embroidery, hand stitching, and 3-D round pieces of embroidered fabric wrapped foam core.

I'm looking forward to working on more such pieces but especially printing and painting more fabric this winter!

Detail, Alien Landscape,
by Jennifer Gould