A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Until I see you again . . . I'm sure we will bump into each other again somewhere on the net. The Fire blog has a wonderfully wide readership and I've enjoyed being a part of the fun. Beth found me because I love to comment! That was the cherry on top - starting conversations in the comments. Keep on commenting whenever you find blogs you like. There's no predicting where it will lead.
You can follow me on my blog at https://yarngoddess.wordpress.com/
I'm still writing about the textile tour I took to Guatemala last February.
Monday, June 19, 2017
I feel honored to have been a part of the team and wish everyone lots of happiness, fun and artful hours inspired by what’s left: a great resource of the most exciting tutorials.
Friday, June 16, 2017
I wish you all the best - fellow FIRE members and readers - and no doubt we will meet again, either in cyber space or in real life.
During January and February of this year Kelly and I talked about our e-book: Playing with Fire. We are working on our next book, which hopefully will be completed by the end of the year. If you want to be kept informed about our plans, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wil Opio Oguta
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
This was an amazing adventure. Thanks to those who started and maintained it. FIRE represents an incredible amount of dedication and perseverance. Thank you for including me in this journey.
I wish you all the best in all your future endeavors!! I'm sure I'll see your names around!!
Kelly L. Hendrickson
Monday, June 12, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
The blog gave me confidence, it introduced me to LOTS of new tools to add to my artistic tool belt, and it afforded me the opportunity to meet Judith in person and all of you in the blogosphere. Because of the blog, I don't any longer have (too) much trouble saying, "Yes, I'm an artist."
Thank you, Beth and Judith, for all the hard work you put in to make this blog SO successful. Thank you SO MUCH for including me in this endeavor.
Monday, June 5, 2017
I got the idea for these from a woman who stitched layers of fabric together with decorative stitches. I thought about landscapes because I had already started a landscape series with batiked fabrics. These landscapes were matted and framed at 4.75 inches square.
These lead me to the deconstructed screens and thermofax work I wrote about Friday. I love how one thing leads to another.
I would love it if you would continue to follow me in my journey on my blog:
Friday, June 2, 2017
First of all thank you all for years of interesting and productive comments and participation in our FIRE blog.
I would like to talk a bit about layers. I have learned so much from my best friend Judith Brown about layering but I don't want to tell her story. She's been up to some interesting projects as well. One of the things I have been creating is a series of landscapes. I started out making silk and wool landscapes ( Monday's post) but then reverted to my old standbys, thickened dye and hot wax.
I did do some batiking and I had some dye left over so I set up some screens to deconstruct. I have gotten to the point where I can print the screen three times side by side with very little evidence of where one screen started and the other left off.
They came out very anemic and obviously needed more layers. My main goal was to try to create a "horizon" for a larger landscape. These were all 30+ inches.
I also thought of the stitching in my silk and wool landscapes and thought about making thermonfax screens of wheat and grass. I was hoping for a real horizon with sky, fields and grasses. These are the two screens I had made.
These are the finished pieces with one layer of deconstructed prints, the thermofax screens done in olive thickened dye and a top layer of the second set of deconstructed screens. I humbly have to admit , the results were more than I ever thought would be realized.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
We are burning down the house in June.We thank all of you for following our blog, making comments, and sharing your knowledge with us. We have loved our time blogging due to your participation and everyone has been enriched by your sharing. But, the time has come and we are going to burn down the house. June will be the last month with new posts.
A Little History of the Blog
We have asked all our past Guest and Resident Artists if they would like to have a final post to let you know what they are up to now and to say a final goodbye. Please, tell us what you are up to now and feel free to tell us goodbye and let us know some of your favorite posts. As always, we would love to hear from you.
We will leave the blog up for future reference. I don't know about you but I often go back to review a technique I haven't used for a bit. You are welcome to do the same. Thank you again for making this blog such a success.
Judith and Beth