Time to catch up on reports about studio work! Where did July go? Well, this month took me and Husband on a new adventure. We have sold our house and have (almost) bought another, much smaller and with a much smaller garden…so lots of work ahead of us, sorting and recycling and, O Lord help us, DESTASHING…But somewhere in between the house selling and house hunting I managed to fit in some July eco prints – for the good of my soul and my sanity – challenging myself to work with wool, (What a great distraction from the Task At Hand…) Thanks to the generosity of James Dennison, eco printer extraordinaire, who sent me some wonderful pre-felt yardage (second-hand wool is hard to come by), July did not pass without an eco print or two…
To start:, A coiled pre-felt: the coreopsis leaks red…the strings were iron-dyed and made their own marks:
Three pre-felt fragments, printed with Black Walnut, Golden Rod, Purple Sandcherry, Coreopsis, Rose and Sumac:
Detail – greens, blues and teals from Prunus cistena: red from Coreopsis verticillata, yellow from sumac and Golden Rod:
A little silk habotai with coreopsis and Purple Sancherry:
My friend Carmella Rother, a felt artist, tried eco printing for the first time on her felted and embroidered merino. We had a fun session at my studio, with many lovely results. Even a first-time “student” print can succeed beautifully, as you can see. Carmella is captivated! She is now experimenting with eco prints on her felted vessels
Here, coreopsis and rose leaf with iron bitsmon felted merino:
String embossments on felt with eco prints (Purple Sandcherry)
Sumac and Purple Sandcherry on felted merino:
Sumac, coreopsis, Red Salvia blooms on embroidered felted merino:
Native plants for eco prints: Monarda, Golden Rod, Coreopsis, Black-Eyed Susan:
My books arrived back from the July Canadian BookBinders and Book Artists Guild National Show in Calgary.
A Blizzard Book (Hedi Kyle design) with soft cover: clamshell case by Shlomo Feldberg. Eco printed with maple and rust.
New World Scroll: Acer Saccharum. Eco printed papers, bookcloth, embroidered. Slip case by Shlomo (Book and box covered by eco printed papers and cloth)
Coptic binding; rust and maple printed papers; maple-printed linen covers (iron-dipped):
Rust printed and embroidered cloth; rust and maple printed papers:
That's it for now. Next project is to install a small show of eco printed Artist Books and prints at the Ottawa School of Art on August 12. The Iris Green books and prints will be part of the display as well as other books, including the ones in this post.
I will be giving a class in eco printing on paper at the Ottawa School of Art August Fri 23 Aug evening and Sat 24 Aug, for the day.
Hope to have some more student prints to share after the class!