Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Blessing in disguise?

Well, I'm still waiting for the miracle cure for the pain in my hands. In the meantime, I've been trying to find ways to do my fiber work without having to use my thumbs very much. I know that sounds weird! So, what I've thought of is hand dyeing a variety a fiber pieces (tie dye, batik and hand painting/dyeing), then using my trusty old sewing machine to create the texture. The texture is what draws me to the fiber work and without it I don't really think the end result would be as interesting. I've also considered doing some printing on fiber pieces, as drawing and painting don't hurt my hands at all, and making printing plates requires the same general motion with the hands.

You'll be seeing a large variety of experiments as I find my way through working with this aggravating pain. I'm hoping it's a blessing in disguise and I'll find the perfect niche for me and be closer to having a cohesive body of work. (I'm finding out that I NEED to work with my hands, (specifically the fiber work) because it's good for my head!)

I started the fiber experiments with something easy- tie dye. But only certain techniques proved to be pain free for me. Tying the little knots to make the bubble design is definitely not happening again. The other ones- shibori (tying the fiber around a length or pipe or dowel rod) and folding and clamping were much easier (although I don't like the result as much). Some of these experiments will be listed in my Etsy shop and some of them will go to Peanut. I'll leave you with a few pictures:

My trusty, old sewing machine (no, I don't own a fancy Bernina!). This is the only sewing machine I've ever owned (a high school graduation gift from my parents) and it has served me very well over the years. Many curtains, clothes, furniture covers, Halloween costumes, baby accessories, etc,. were made with this machine. I absolutely love it.    

Some of the tie dye onesies- drying in the sun.

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