LOL - I just wish it was a teeny bit easier. And it isn't. But it's not like we're talking about world peace. In the scope of life, painting fabric is no big deal. In the scope of my life, it's an opportunity. A curve I want to journey around.
My plans started out big, choosing a selection of colours, creating a palette, and cutting large sections of fabric that covered the entire work surface. I recently purchased a denim fabric (significantly discounted) for paint practice thinking I'd make aprons out of the painted pieces however....
... when I did what I typically do and created an all over, basically even, more like print-making than art-making fabric, I was frustrated. My mind sees the sophistication of Diane's garment pieces shown above right and my hands create more child-like art. It looks like a deep wide chasm between.
One of the concepts I've been sharing with the friend I'm helping is to keep moving forward, to do something, evaluate it, respond to it and keep going. I will make mistakes. I will wish I'd made a difference choice but I value the learning curve, I believe I can find answer to questions, and I think of it as a bonus if the "sample" becomes wearable. Above left, I was testing different mark making tools and above right is the same piece of fabric with random bits of left over paint. Ugly and uglier and below left...
... I kept building up the layers until I arrived at a design that I liked. This fabric is canvas with an interfaced backing. It's smaller pieces left over from a previous project and far more manageable. I like the look of the paint and especially of the splatters. The piece at right...
... become the one above with the addition of silver and pink splatters and copper leaves. By this point, I knew - just as I knew with the all over design - that this too was the wrong direction. The pieces were fun to do and fabulous in terms of painting. They are stiff, suitable for bags... like the cosmetic bags I want to make... and they are not the garment fabric I wanted. I will finish though. There is further learning with stencils, with layering, and with completing the bags. My next step with the piece above is to add satin-stitching around the leaf shapes and to explore the combination of paint and stitch.
There are three other pieces in progress that I want to add more layers and details too. They already contain several layers and need several more. This is more working with paint than working with fabric. Again, the wrong direction and yet still good learning.
This piece is almost finished although it seems to still be asking for something more. I believe it's outlining around the paisley shapes and I'm going to experiment with working with India Ink. Even though problems seemed to be happening all the way through this piece, I like how it is coming together. It's past experiences like this that allow me to stay with the learning curve and to believe that something good will develop. It's happened before; it can happen again.
This image is of Alisa Burke's painted pouches. They are along the line of the cosmetic bags I want to create from my painted canvas and then I'll be back to playing and experimenting and working so that eventually my hands can achieve that degree of sophistication that I see in my head. The next practice curve is with clothing. I'm looking forward to that.
The video above is very short - under two minutes. It's inspirational. A push to keep growing and developing and living out our potential.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - past learning that encourages present learning