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52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textiles: Week 20

Instagram I've been on Instagram for six months now, and I must say it has been a liberating experience for me.  I've discovered artists that I admire.  Not only do I get to see their final works, but their processes, studios, and techniques.  And, most of the images and videos are by the artists themselves.
This weekend on Instagram, their "Hashtag Project" is Reflections, and begins "Mirror, mirror, on the wall!"  The goal is to take photos and videos of reflections, both man-made and naturally occurring.  
The following is my entry:
This is how I describe my version of Reflection:
In mathematics, reflection is a transformation that moves a region to its mirror image.  Reflections like this happen when I am printmaking: the printed image is a mirror reflection of the carved linoleum plate.  This video shows a print on a translucent fabric being lifted from the linoleum master.

This weekend I am printing on very fragile and rare textiles and thanks to Instagra…

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textiles: Week 19

Experiments, experiments, experiments Some days I spend so much time experimenting with different techniques and color combinations that I feel like I'm not making a lot of progress.

I have been documenting which textiles I like working with.  They are  linens, cottons, silks and natural fibers.  Most of the African textiles are handwoven and create interesting textures when I cut and manipulate them.

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textiles: Week 18

Fabric Manipulation I have been experimenting with fabric manipulation techniques.   It has taken me a few tries to achieve the effect that I envisioned in my mind. The next few books explore the transience of life and this textile manipulation technique is perfect.

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textiles: Week 17

This year I decided to use wood for the covers of all my books.  Whenever I get a new batch of wood I must test the inks and stains.
This is a glimpse of the process.

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textiles: Week 16

Working on a book every day for 365 days has really helped me with these textile books. At first I thought it was maintaining routine and schedule for one year, but now that I am working with a completely new medium I realize it is more than that.
It is being able to stay positive and focused when your initial ideas do not turn out the way you anticipated.

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textiles: Week 15

After a few weeks of experimenting with new ideas, patterns have begun to form.   One I am especially happy with is hand embroidering textiles.
It still takes me way too much time to hand embroider the fabrics, but I think it is worth the effort.

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textiles: Week 14

Grandma's Necklace: Beading Textiles I felt this newest textile book needed embellishments, so I've been beading everyday.
I have been using gemstones from one of my grandma's necklaces that fell apart.  I've been carrying the pieces around for about 20 years, not knowing what to do with them.  When  I began beading this textile page, I knew exactly how to use them.
Now I am going through all of my vintage jewelry to see how I can use them for this project.