Saturday, November 8, 2014

Art Quilt Tahoe 2014

Well I still like going to camp and have found the experience even more joyful when surrounded by like minded souls ... the community energy of talented artists pushes and pulls one to new inspiration.

The camp experience at Zephyr Point located at the literal edge of beautiful Lake Tahoe, CA included instruction in creating art through wax resist, dyeing on paper and fabric, meeting other artists from around the world, sharing creation stories and spending time with friends.  Our instructor, Isl van Baale, is a long honored textile artist and teacher from the Netherlands.  The students she drew together was a rich community of ten talented artists of varying media backgrounds.  I was in workshop heaven !!!

Inspiration from Zephyr Point Conference Center:
View from Dobbins Hall where class was held.
Fall Color which inspired values of Flower Organics design
 Main Work In Progress:
Wax being applied to pre-dyed fabric
Color added with dye ~ detail
Karen Garth, a good friend and fellow art quilter, and I traveled to the conference together.  Karen's insightful questions always help me become more articulate about my art processes.  It is great to create, but understanding the evolution is even better.

As you can see, the color of the changing fall leaves definitely inspired dye choices of the Flower with Progressive Organics. The techniques used were simple: pre-dye the fabric to create a background color using warm yellows and oranges, incorporate the random dye patterns on the fabric into the design which is established with a tjanting tool to apply the hot soy wax, and finish by painting the second layer of dye onto the design.   The process took two days of concentrated effort which was more meditative than anything else I had experienced previously.

And There's More:
Dobbin Hall
Dyed silk, cotton, paper, and canvas

Stair color and pattern inspiration

Stamped, painted and dyed
I hope you enjoyed viewing the vignettes of my art camp experience as much as I did in creating them.

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