Sunday, July 20, 2008

working from the cloth

Yesterday I did a little discharge on a piece of fabric I had printed on. The fabric was an icky olive green and some other color -- too dark for the black paint I had put on it. Rescue mission, more or less. Also a chance to use up some thiox paste I had sitting around, before somebody thought it was salad dressing. Today, it was time to cut it up and see what would happen. This is how I work: I start from the fabric, having no idea where I am going. Well, not quite true. This particular cloth told me what is was about - but then it was up to me to figure out how to make it work with the other fabrics I had hanging around in my bins at home. Give 10 people the same piece of fabric and they will all do something different with it. And the potential is there for even one person to do 10 different things with it. Which way to go? The audition process can be painful - above is the first act. Then a few more versions as I added, subtracted, substituted, and moved things around.
The piece does not, at the moment, looki like any of these versions, but this is always my process. I will leave it on my wall for a couple of days to see if I need to tweak it or start again from scratch. In the meantime, I could go pay bills...

4 comments:

kathy said...

Hi Rayna, The composition in the first picture really caught my eye....lots of different and interesting things going on. Very cool.

Inga said...

Rayna,
Thanks for sharing your thought process. It's always interesting to me to see how other people think and work through their artwork!

EmPrint said...

I too like the first picture the best. It's peaceful. Is that a good description?

Liz said...

The top picture jumped out at me too... before I read the comments and saw the others agreed with me! So glad it's not just me who struggles with fabric placement and moves things around ad infinitum!