Friday, May 26, 2006

Even MORE rust-dying

Since blogger wants to be horsey today the pictures are out of order, but from the top they are: A close-up of the fabric just sort of wadded on top of the metal, then a full shot of the same piece. The striped looking one is the fabric laid flat so that it nestles down into the ridges and grooves and the last photo is a close-up of that piece.
A strange thing I noticed with these pieces is that one side has the beautiful yellow-gold on it and the opposite side has a really dark brown-black in the same spot. Great potential for 2 different looks depending on which side I use.
I started with 2 sheets of corrougated metal roofing ($7 each) and a gallon of hydrochloric acid ($3.50) Strip the zinc galvanized coating with the acid, wash, sprinkle with salt(3/$1) and watch it rust. The fabric is soaked with vinegar then laid directly on the metal, covered with the second sheet and left to rust overnight or a few days or until you get back to check on it, and VOILA! Art cloth!
The color of the top picture is the closest to the real color.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Mystical Ignorance

This one is going to be in the special exhibit arranged by the president of the Mississippi Quilter's Assn in June. Metallic bridal fabrics, lame', beads, marbles, jewelry pieces, beaded fringe, ribbon and bobbin work. The blue and teal pieces are Dupioni silk fused to tyvek and ruched. Very small stippling in gold metallic thread for the quilting and lots of free-hanging threads and fibers.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Play what's not there.

"Don't play what's there, play what's not there." Miles Davis

A rust dyed rayon background, Dupioni silk for the quote strip, silk tussah for the big black rectangle, black, burgundy and buttercream musical note cotton prints around the portrait, and painted fiberglass window screen for the horn. The face is printed on bleached muslin. The writing is gold metallic paint pen. Black cotton binding. 34x40

The quilting is copper metallic Mettler and the quilting pattern on the background is a sort of modified woodgrain looking pattern.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

More rust dying

Branching out and trying actual shapes rather than just the randomness of "rusty stuff" and the metal filings. I'm liking the effect and will play with the wrought iron fence pieces I cadged off the neighbor once I get a little better at doing it.