Thursday, April 23, 2009

can this fabric be saved?

Determined to get SOMETHING done today, I finally made it to the studio after lunch, red and green "face" fabric in hand. But by the time I got around to doing something, I had already done 10 other things - like dyeing some fabric and ironing. Ok - 2 other things. While I was going through ONE bin of fabric, I came across this and had to put it up on my wall. A piece of Helene's hand dye that I bought some years ago and loved too much to cut into. Is that not ridiculous? Time to use it! Are you surprised that I got sidetracked and decided instead to iron fabric in an attempt to make order out of chaos? And are you further surprised that the chaos looks worse at the moment, even with the neat pile of fabric on my table? Never mind; the photo of the neat pile came out fuzzy anyway. I had some leftover thickened dyes in various colors, so I just put them all together and screened over the fabric pretty randomly. It looked black when it was dry. Then I took it home and steamed it. Here I'm rinsing it in cold water before I wash it. It has faded a bit, which is what I had hoped would happen. Now it looks like a mess, but at least I am distracted from the face. Tomorrow I will add/delete but not quite sure how or what I will do. Here is another piece of fabric that has been through umpteen add/deletes and I am trying to decide what is next, if anything. In the meantime, I shall go to sleep and contemplate my next steps. Perhaps I will know what to do next when I wake up.

4 comments:

WEST COUNTRY BUDDHA said...

I think it's nice anyway, but you don't (which is the important thing!) so good luck - I'm sure you'll think of something wonderful to try which will bring it all back to the world of gorgeousness for you. One of the things I like to do when things go pear-shaped is to overdye and then discharge or resist and re-dye which gives me a lovely opportunity to play, and let's me alter the look of something completely yet at the same time, let's me keep a little bit of the original as well. I look forward to seeing what you do with this!

Eva said...

Oups. My sitting Buddha is gone. But so are the faces. No more staring at you! -- The second piece seems finished, the circular structures are so beautiful, I wouldn't like to see them vanishing.

Eva said...

I mean the 3rd piece -- with the circular structures I like.

Rayna said...

The red circles on the bottom piece will stay - but the other one is still a work in progress. Yes, some discharge is next.