Sunday, April 27, 2008

a flimsy excuse or two

1. The dog ate my blog.
2. My computer was impounded and the blog was locked up.

3. Somebody stole my blog.
4. I forgot how to type.
5. I was abducted by aliens.
6. I had nothing to say.

Well, you get the idea. Which one is the truth? Ha- you'll never know. I took a self-imposed, although unplanned, vacation to give my brain cells a rest. I haven't either posted or read any blogs. I've been writing an article, getting ready for my all-star début at market in Portland, and looking in vain for backsplash tile. That sums it up: Wasn't that boring? Now you know why I haven't bothered to post.

But I am back from mental vacation, although not quite caught up. And I am finally, finally in the studio for which I pay rent every month but have hardly used since January. Let's hope the second half of the year will be more productive, at least in a way that does not involve paperwork.

So far, this afternoon, I've been busy going back into some of the less happy pieces of cloth I have made. And because my battery charger has turned up by some miracle after much too long, I'm documenting. So, here's a work in progress.

1. Original piece of printed fabric. This next exercise is called "couldn't leave well enough alone."
2. I printed several other things on top of the grid, then decided I hated them so I discharged, which made it even worse. Then I printed those ugly circles which compounded the felony. So, by this time, I am blocking out parts of the circles for the next step.
3. A rather unsuccessful attempt at more discharge, which I then painted back into. Except it washed out.
4. Here is what this cloth looked like when I brought it into the triage unit today.

5. And here is what it looks like now, after another bout of treatment.

I will let it sit while I go back to some of the other patients. I promise to keep you posted.


Terry Grant said...

Rayna, you should wait on your backsplash tile until after you come to Portland, then take a field trip to the Pratt & Larson showroom here.
Oh my, is it inspiring! I'd love to pick you up and take you there if you have some time.

Del said...

Nice to have you back. Happy Spring Market in lovely Portland. Del

Gerrie said...

Alas, I am so bummed that I will miss your Portland trip. I think I told you that we are leaving for Israel on May 9th - boo hoo.

TALL GIRL said...

Aha, so it does seem that renting studio space may be quite similar to joining a gym. Paying out the big bucks does not necessarily mean one will go!

Russ Little said...

Remember the "I love your work" discussion from a couple of weeks ago? Well, I've got a new one for you: "I wish I could say I made that". That's the second thing I thought when I saw the final picture with the green added to this beautiful, heavily-work cloth. My first thought was just "Wow". I really love it. Great work.

k baxter packwood said...

New cloth category you could call it tortured cloth! If I had attempted the discharge thing twice I'm betting the fabric would have fallen apart. I love the addition of the green it really makes the piece come alive.

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