Posts Tagged ‘Measure of Earth’

the Gregg is asking….

October 1, 2013
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“Have you seen the some of the indigo pieces in the current Gregg exhibition ‘Measure of Earth: Textiles and Territory in West Africa?’ Interested in hands on learning? Indigo Dye Magic is a workshop that Janine LeBlanc and Susan Oliver Fennell are co-teaching at Pullen Arts Center starting October 24. There is still room in the class to sign-up. Learn more here:  https://itode.wordpress.com/upcoming-workshops/”

That question was posed on the Gregg Museum’s facebook page where I found it first thing this morning.  So I thought to add my own “reply” or comment – it’s an opportunity to learn about the materials and the process.  It’s an opportunity to experience it, hands on.

The image, a detail of one of those richly patterned cloths now on exhibit, contains the kind of imagery we could easily reference in this upcoming class.  The resist technique used in this piece is universal throughout the many cultures that have used (and still used) in their textile pattern making.

  Janine and I would be delighted to have you join us as we consider our explorations in indigo dyeing and shibori.

further studies and inspiration

September 21, 2013

It’s finally finished!  It took most of the week to complete this and had a little time to move on to other pieces before the rain moved in.

hana1AWith this small series there were any number of approaches to the pattern I could have taken, but for this context decided to keep it simple and also wanted to keep  that reference to the traditional.   It’s a gift, so I’m looking forward to eventually getting it to the recipient (at the proper time – and I doubt she reads my blog!).

So, now I’m  a little more free (I suppose) to pursue the next thing coming – the October & November classes.  I’ve been going through pieces that might be useful to refer to for technique as well as pattern.  I also thought to introduce some departures from my usual.  In that vein, the detail below illustrates one pattern I’ve been considering.

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At the week’s end, I attended the opening reception of Measure of Earth, a collection of pieces (Gregg Museum) on display at the African American Culture Center at NC State. It’s another fabulous, well-considered display and the pieces gave me a great deal to think about. There’s a lot to take in and on this first viewing, I focused on the indigo, The example below is just a small detail of one of the large indigo cloths in stitch resist.

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As the exhibit is on view into mid December, I will definitely encourage my students to see it.


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