It’s the last Friday of the month so it’s time again to check in on our series projects!
Each month I try to explore why other artists work in series. About Home has a very good article about creating a series to gain gallery exposure. Their primary point is that gallery owners, for example, don’t want to know how versatile you are. They want to see a cohesive body of work and, as an artist, you need to focus on developing that collection. Read the whole article here.
This month I had a big breakthrough on my shbori!
This may not look like much to you but it was a big accomplishment for me to get this thing tied with the dots so close together. The centers are 1” apart and I started tying this 3 times before I finally went back to the book to see what I was doing wrong.
I was really doing it wrong. When in doubt don’t forget about the instruction book!
Here it is tied. The trick is to work it on the diagonal, not straight across. That made all of the difference. This little piece (about 12” square) took about 4 hours to tie! If you look at the finished piece you will see that the first ties (upper left) are smaller than the last ties (lower right). That’s the result of working on it over several days and getting more confident with what I was doing. My hand just couldn’t do this more than an hour at a time.
Now that I know how to do it, I’ll try to do some more advanced designs next.
I also clamped 4 half yards. I figure that whenever I get around to making something with all of these that I’ll need some larger (and lighter) pieces to set against the small dark pieces. The next 2 photos are these 2 pieces clamped.
Here are the other 2 pieces. I need to dye the clamped pieces in a bigger vessel (maybe directly in the dye sink) so I can swish them around more so that the dye will penetrate more evenly. The following 2 pieces are these before dyeing.
My last project for the month was doing stitch resist on 16 of these pieces. These cute little trees will be one of my Christmas card designs for this year.
Are you working in, or thinking about working in a series? If so blog about it and link up below or add a comment to the post telling us about it!