I also always start with grandiose plans and life inevitably gets in the way. The creative juices start churning and the biggest problem is that I have so many ideas brewing that I can't get to them all. I find myself starting numerous pieces and then realizing I can't finish them all, so I console myself with concentrating on one or two pieces.
First off, I ordered some natural silk cocoons. I have used some in the past for previous projects that were already dyed., but I wanted to dye my own and then use them in some way to depict seed pods.
|Natural silk cocoons on left. Fiber reactive dyes & dyed cocoons top right, lower right cocoons still in dye bath.|
|First nuno felted scarf I made and didn't really know what I was doing. Perfect color for seed pods!|
|Seed pods made from nuno felted fabric and silk cocoons.|
|Seed pods created with nuno felted fabric and silk cocoons.|
The beautiful red pods in the first photo actually dried to such a deep red that they almost look black. I left them in the dye bath a tad too long. I had intended to make a necklace with those red 'pods' and will probably get to it sometime later. But they got put on the back burner while I played with my lino and carving tools.
|Lino carved poppy pods left upper, left lower-inked with brown fabric ink. Right side a mono print onto eco dyed fabric.|
|Lino printing onto previously eco printed fabrics.|
|Close-up of left side of printed fabric. This was the first poppy pod printing with ink.|
|Close-up of right side of fabric. These poppy pods were printed with the leftover ink from the first printing.|
|This is as far as I've gotten with stitching.|
I initially planned to just cut the fabric beneath the ground level above but I really like the bottom half of the eco printed fabric so this is probably one of those pieces that will continue to 'grow'. I think I need to stitch some deep roots on the pods and a whole underground network. So stay tuned to see how this gets finished.
|You can see the whole piece here with the shadows underneath the plants/pods just begging for lots more stitching!|
|Lino prints on paper.|
I also had to try my lino cut with some paper and my gelli plate. Above photos are: top left black ink directly on lino and printed on paper. Above right I put way too much blue ink on my gelli plate then re-inked my lino with black ink and stamped it onto the gelli plate over the blue ink, then pressed my paper over the gelli plate. Lower left, is the second pull off the gelli plate which I really like! Then the bottom right is the third print I pulled from the gelli plate. It may be my favorite!
Now I understand why everyone is so gaga over monoprinting and gelli plate printing!!! Who knew it was so much fun?
I was determined to keep playing with this little lino cut, soooo I found an old paper that I had printed using transfer paints to transfer to fabric. I had painted this in a workshop using stamps (leaf & spiral)I made years ago with plumber's rubber sheeting and mounted on wood.
|Poppypods printed onto previously painted surface|
And last but not least, I had some lovely little pod like ceramic pieces from foxpaw beads.
I have been wanting to use them somehow/someway, so this was the perfect time to play with making a necklace using one of the pods.
|Lovely textured pod hanging from a hand knotted necklace.|
I used some thin nylon cord to string on some seed beads to hang from inside the pod. The mala type necklace was created using a combination of matte African turquoise beads and black lava beads strung onto the same nylon cord, then hand knotting between the beads.
I still have lots of seed pod ideas swirling in my head. Maybe I will get to them one day along with all the other stuff I want to create.
I can't wait to see the seed pod creations from the AE members and all our guests that are playing along this month.
Grab a cuppa and settle in for some inspiring artwork.
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