Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Time Flies...........

Has it really been two months since my last post? I'm not sure where the summer has gone. Oh, wait...........we haven't had summer! We are in our 31st consecutive day of rain here in south central Alaska, and it's still raining as I write this! Well, there's not much one can do about the weather, so may as well make the best of it!

Through the dark days and cloudy skies, I've managed to stay quite busy in my studio and beyond. I spent a week dyeing fabric, silk screening, thermofax screening, and painting fabric. I'm really enjoying playing around with different screen printing techniques, and it's something I want to continue to explore. Here are a couple of screen prints I've done. The birch trees are from a photo I took, then had a thermofax screen made. I pulled a few colors through this screen to get the following effect.

This screenprint was made by putting clear print past in a syringe and drawing the "grass" design on the silk screen. Once the paste dried, I pulled the dyes through the screen, and got this result.
The following piece is one of my hand dyed fabrics. I planned on using the whole piece for a quilt, but my plan changed as I progressed....... nothing unusual for me! I would be in serious trouble if I had to follow a pattern or directions of any kind.
Although I can't show the whole finished piece yet, here is a small portion of it. I'll show the completed quilt soon.We've had a glimpse of sunshine here and there. On one of those rare occasions, I grabbed my camera and headed outside to take advantage of the freshly fallen raindrops on the flowers. My delphiniums were so water logged, I had to cut them way back. I'm glad I got a few pictures before they were too far gone....... We've managed to fly to the cabin in between the crazy weather, and have enjoyed our time there. We finished the railing on the other side of the loft, and are now working on the pony wall in the loft. It will be great to have that area "almost" finished. Of course, the cabin will never be "finished". What would we do up there without projects??...........Perhaps, enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife........Our little boy, Tryggur, having fun in the meadow.

How are you spending your summer?

1 comment:

Cathy said...

Nancy, your screen prints are great, I love what you;ve created. Tha Alaska images are pretty sweet too. My son is near Homer, fishing. Guess he'll be getting wet.