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Meredith College

September 8, 2010

The results

Originally uploaded by SOFennell

I can’t believe it, but it has been 4 years since giving a workshop at Meredith College. It goes without saying, it’s an all time favorite place. I’ll be back tomorrow and am really looking forward to it.

It’s a 2 day workshop and of course, the topic is Indigo and Shibori.

Tools are packed, but there are still a few last minute things to attend to.  I’ll take care of them after my afternoon cup of tea.

Maybe I should also mention that my pre-reduced vat lasted until today.  I managed one scarf and was then was really weak for a second try.  I was surprised  not to get more out of it, but I didn’t work with it at all yesterday when it was stronger and would have liked to do so.   I’ll save the vat as Glennis recommends and “bring it back” over the weekend.


Exploring the Arboretum

April 8, 2009


Originally uploaded by SOFennell

It’s been ages (actually years) since I’ve been to the J Raulston Arboretum located near Meredith College. I wanted to look at a larger variety of tree and plant forms for an upcoming project and found my yard limiting. I wound up shooting over 180 pictures. I have a good collection to peruse and I’m likely to return, often.

There are a variety of different gardens and ponds to explore, not to mention the plant life. Of course, as the weather is warming I can add insects to that as well.

As new shoots were emerging and other spring blossoms (Cherry & Redbud in particular) in full bloom, it was a delicious time to get reacquainted with this garden.

Kite Dreams

May 13, 2008

Kite Dreams

Originally uploaded by SOFennell

These kites must have been my first foray into surface design. I was doing an independent study at Meredith College, trying to maintain studies there while teaching Japanese. My instructor was collaborating with the 3D design teacher in one of her classes, so these pieces were the result.

What I remember is that I had to have a project and I was running out of time. I think I was lacking in inspiration as well, feeling desperate with my inability to create and teach at the same time. In the end, this little collection wound up being part of a student exhibition in the administration building.

Much later, when applying for United Arts and pondering the different things I could teach kids, this was one idea that a friend suggested and I’ve been building on that idea since.

This particular piece is made up of page sized kites that loosely referenced Edo kites. Each piece was manipulated in some way with a different kind of surface design. Some were dyed, then stamped or stenciled. Others had different types of photo transfer including printing by computer. Two others were shibori.

When I teach it I use paper and the students make fairly traditional looking Edo kites. I suppose one of these days I may have to try it with textiles.

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