Earlier this Fall, I was harboring thoughts of self doubt about what I was stitching.
Seemed everything I started looked forced.
The pictures at the top of the page show some of the stitched pieces that I wasn't thrilled with. I will not show the others. (yes there are more).
I wanted to be in Flow, that mental state of being focused on the process of making art. My weekly phone calls with my friend Erin Daniels revealed that I was trying too hard to make something that I 'could sell'. While she was swimming along with a new project, I felt defeated. Each time I thought that I was approaching my zen state of stitching, I say, Meh, I don't like what I'm making right now, so I'm going to do something else.
My husband refers to this time as being on the 'art couch' because I thought that I might simply quit making art and just bake bread.
I decided to concentrate on eco printing, taught to me by the astonishingly fabulous creator herself, India Flint. It's my favorite technique for making images on fabric and paper.
So, what's my problem?
I dipped the paper in my almost exhausted indigo vat before eco printing.
I consulted with Velma Bolyard at Wake Robin to ask about paper. I felt comfortable asking her since attending her workshop (not an eco printing workshop) at the Morgan see here. I had been using Rives BFK with mixed results, but Arches Text Wove gives a better print for me.
Sometimes, you have to get out of the way and let art happen.
My last post included images of mono prints of leaves on paper that I made at Zygote Press in Cleveland, see here
In the following images, I used the very same leaves that were wrapped in the paper for eco printing to over-print using soy based etching inks.
The once offensive/invasive plant growing on the other side of our backyard fence, is now my favorite printing leaf.
It's gives color to paper, then I dry the leaf and use it as a printing plate.
Finding happiness is simple when you have the right tools and good friends.
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Thank you for visiting, dear sisters and brothers in stitch.