A view of the collection
A view of the collection
First a very big thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered or wished me well from near or far on Thursday. It was a lovely lovely party. For those that missed my post about it earlier, I was honored by Textile Center with a Spun Gold award on Thursday night. The Spun Gold is a kind of lifetime achievement award for contributions to the fiber art field. One of the very neatest things for me was the excuse to bring a whole collection of my work to be part of the celebration. I have never seen this whole collection in one place before and I was just blown away. It was neat to see.
These are 13 digitally printed garments I created over the last 2+ years. The waterlily skirt was the very first garment I created from Spoonflower fabric. The dress I am wearing in the photos called “Wallflower” is the most recent. I can’t get this gallery gadget to show you captions, so I will caption these below. (You can mouseover to see the title for each piece. Top to bottom, left to right. You can also click each one to zoom in.)
I work primarily in digitally manipulated photos and engineered prints. That means that each of these designs started with a photo as inspiration and then I sculpt it into a fabric design. Some of them have filters and effects applied. I cut out and rescale or move elements and bend parts of the image to fit the curves of the pieces I am working with. I always know exactly what the garment design is before I start the design for the fabric and for the most part, each one is designed to fit the exact pieces I need to make it.
Glaciology: There is a whole post about this one here. Digitally printed silk cotton. Manipulated photo of two views of ice. One is an icy sidewalk beginning to melt, the other is ice blocks stacking up in the spring on the shore of Lake Superior.
Vein: Digitally printed linen cotton. A manipulated photo of a giant leaf at the Como Park Conservatory, St Paul MN.
Mosaic: Another post about this one here. Digitally printed cotton voile, layered with cotton. A photo of a “mosaic plant” from the Como Conservatory water garden.
Wallflower: Digitally printed cotton sateen. Hand beaded (the very last white stripe is sequined so the hem shimmers), belt made from grosgrain ribbon. Manipulated photo of the wall of yarn and fiber from the Weavers Guild of MN. The white lines you see on the dress are the shelves.
Guardian: Digitally printed linen/cotton canvas. Manipulated photo of a lion guarding the doors to Parliament in London and a photo of a stone street in Bayeux France.
1060: Digitally printed linen/cotton canvas. Manipulated photo of my husband’s oboe. Named for his favorite Bach solo piece.
Gallery: Digitally printed organic cotton knit. Manipulated photo of a wall of art from the Minneapolis Institute of Art “Foot in the Door” exhibition. My piece from that exhibition can be seen in several places in the print.
Coils: Post about this piece here. Digitally printed silk/cotton. Photo of a huge pile of video cables.
Strut: Post about this piece here. Digitally printed linen/cotton canvas, vintage velvet ribbon. Photo of a piece of lace from the Victoria & Albert museum collection in London.
Zinnia: Digitally printed linen/cotton canvas and hand-dyed cotton. Manipulated photo of zinnias from Sioux Park flower garden in Rapid City, SD, combined with digitally created stripe and hand-dyed trim on pockets.
Flamingo Mambo: Digitally printed linen/cotton canvas. Manipulated photos of flamingos from Sea World Florida and a scanned sharpie drawing.
Neighborhood DNA: Digitally printed cotton sateen. Manipulated combined photos of weathered paint from a curb cut and a parking lot paint marking. Created for Spoonflower/Textile Center Urban Sightings challenge and exhibition.
Waterlily: Digitally printed linen/cotton canvas. A photo of a waterlily from my own tiny water garden. My first printed garment.
Some of these are also accessorized with jewelry I made. I paired them mainly with solid colored t-shirts so that the prints were really what draws your eye. (And this is the way I wear most of them anyway.)