ColoraturaFor this series, I was inspired by my lifelong admiration of the coloratura soprano roles in Operas. The coloratura soprano has a high range and is required to expertly execute songs with elaborate ornamentation and embellishment, including running passages, staccati, and trills.
This week was about making wooden book covers so that they'll be dry and ready for the textiles in a few weeks.
Remnants of the printmaking process (excess ink from the linoleum blocks) are purposely left on the covers because they are specific to my hand, and are very difficult to replicate.
The beauty of vintage textiles. I had less than a yard of this lovely vintage burgundy fabric and too many ideas of how I wanted to use it.
After experimenting with various designs, I felt a patch work design was best. It allowed me to combine all the textiles and then print on them.
I have always loved beautifully embroidered fabrics and exquisite textiles, especially handwoven silks, cottons, and wools. So when I was given luminous handwoven African textiles back in October and encouraged to turn them into mixed media fiber arts, it took me a few days to figure out how I was going to tell stories with them.
I wrote a few blog posts about my experiences, but did not have time to follow up as much as I intended. (I've been so busy researching the textiles and sewing.) During the next 52 Weeks, I will blog about my experiences of printing on 70s, 80s and more contemporary African textiles and turning them into textile pages/fiber arts.
This week I've been experimenting with traditional patchwork techniques and seeing how that looks. I plan to try various techniques, using a different one on each book. There will be 12 books total.
This is a detail image of the patchwork. This purple textile goes with an 80s textile from Nigeria that…
I've been working on a new website and going through my old designs. I will always love this one for its simplicity and truth.
Stay tuned to see my new designs. Hoping you are having a wonderful New Year!