Geri Ann

My journey of re-creating myself

Gorgeous Hand-Dyed Silk Scarves

I had to get my creative side from someone…and my mom has always been there to encourage me.  She’s the type of mom who doesn”t mind making a mess.  She was the first with the finger-paints, glue, Play-Doh, fabric, scissors, papers, etc.,  She knew that to create art, children (and adults) needed to be free to create a mess, especially if it meant creating something “artistic and creative!”  Well, we are both still making messes and beautiful art.  And while my little blog has mostly been about my attempts at art, I thought it was high-time I share some of this space.  Most artists I’ve met have always been some of the most generous people you could possibly know.  Artists, musicians, etc., know that great pleasure can be gainedmom scarf in sharing and teaching what they’ve learned.  They realize that to inspire others is inspirational in itself, and one of life’s sweetest rewards.  It’s a well-learned lesson for all of us.

So – time for a shameless plug for my Mom’s New Etsy shop!  Yeah, Mom!

Her silk scarves are all hand-dyed and/or hand-painted, and quite simply:  BEAUTIFUL! Scarves have been all the rage in Europe forever and we’re finally catching on here in the States.   I’ve talked her into a couple for myself, but she has plenty more and loves making them.   So keep checking her site for new ones.

Click here to go to her Etsy shop:  Sparx

Here’s just one of the many she has for sale.

Thank you & Peace.

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July 20, 2009 Posted by | Art, Completed Projects, dyeing, Fabric Dyeing, Quilt University, Serger, Sewing, Silk, Thanks, Zentangle | , , | 1 Comment

Start Keeping Track

I’ve got a lot of stuff to do!  Including the fact that I must get more focused in my life and learn to live in the moment!

  1. Start an art journal
  2. Re-dye the color wheel in cottons, keeping copious notes and examples of work (all neatly bound in a binder)
  3. Organize all my color recipes
  4. Create 2 flower girl dresses on new serger
  5. Create FQ kits of hand-dyed fabric
  6. Work on and complete at least one object with painted/quilted fabric – maybe a purse or pillow
  7. Design beginner and intermediate EQ class, to teach in the Fall
  8. Work with Paint Sticks – make something with these (wall-hanging w/leaf patterns?)
  9. Practice Doodling – this is a great creative outlet!
  10. Make some great looking T-Shirts on my new serger – and some yoga pants to go with them!
  11. Learn how to make lingerie! Whoo Hoo! I already have some patterns and fabric – time for some new panties! 🙂
  12. Get back to the gym and lose some weight (is this on almost everyone’s To-Do List?)
  13. More YOGA!!
  14. Create a fabric art Self Portrait (this should be very insightful)!  Maybe make a couple of different ones – feel like I need to re-examine myself and my entire being right now.  This should prove a wonderful exercise!  Great way to use up some of my hand-dyed fabrics.
  15. Keep this blog going and make it interesting.  Add some tutorials and more pics of WIP’s.

This list should be doable.  The hard part is the incredible slow-down at work and my mind keeps racing with everything I want to accomplish.  Most of which has nothing to do with work! UGH!  I wish I enjoyed my job more…the bosses are great and the money is good…I really have nothing to complain about…at least I have a job!  It’s just not creative IN ANY WAY.  And my creative juices are flowing!

I’m sure there are at least a dozen other things I will add to my To-Do List…this list is also a work-in-progress.  So much to do…so little time!

I still have a few more classes lined up – then I’m taking a break from the classes and begin to put my training into finished projects!  One of the classes is Shibori techniques, again with The Queen of Dyeing, Marjie McWilliams.  And then finally, to wrap it up with Marjie, a Gutta Resist class on silk!  All of these dyeing classes have been on Quilt University.  I cannot recommend them enough.

I’ve taken other classes on QU and enjoyed them as well.  If you are interested in using/learning the Electric Quilt (EQ6) software, I also recommend ANY class by Fran Gonzalez.  Fran has written books for EQ and knows her stuff.  Her classes are also well organized and very informative.  In addition to her being one of the most knowledgable people on EQ, she is also one of the most positive teachers I’ve ever met!

Finally, to wrap up my training for a while…2 more classes at the Chicago International Quilt Festival!  An all day class with Judy Perez on Painting Whole Cloth Quilts.  Judy is a very talented artist and has published numerous articles for Quilting Arts Magazine. To round out the training…I’m taking a smaller class on Sashiko.  Sashiko is an old Japanese style of quilting – very beautiful.  I like to keep a little handiwork going for those times I don’t want to be in my “studio.”

After typing all of this, I’m starting to wonder when I’ll get to my To-Do List!?

Peace

March 26, 2009 Posted by | EQ6, International Quilt Festival, Judy Perez, Quilt University, Quilting, Serger, Sewing, WIP's | , | Leave a comment

Experiments with Shading

This weekend, in our Quilter’s Palette Class (quiltuniversity.com), we began working with black dye added to our colors to produce shades, and basically deepen the colors.  Black can be a difficult dye to work with – we actually combined 2 different blacks to try and create a “better black.”

I’m very happy with my mottled greens and blues:

The darker fabrics in the photos are a combination of the same blue or green with black added to it.  I love the effect!  It adds to much more depth to the fabric.  I’m still working with the black by itself to produce a good grey. Will keep you posted on that one.  Even when the fabrics don’t turn out that great, I know I can over-dye them and usually get a pretty incredible fabric anyway!  Just more fun to try out!

If you are the least bit interested in dyeing fabric, I highly recommend any of Marjie McWilliam’s classes – you can find her @ FabricDesigns.com.

Peace.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | Fabric Dyeing, Quilt University | , | Leave a comment

Never Start at the Beginning

Where to Start? Where to Start? I even went so far as to Google “start at the beginning.” And sure enough, the advice I got was “NEVER start at the beginning.”

So, heeding that advice to writers, I’ll start with tomorrow!

I’ve enrolled in another Quilt University class. Yeah! Another fabric dyeing class with Marjie McWilliams – she is the best! After reading book after book on dyeing cotton, and following all of the recipes I could get my hands on…no one, but Marjie, has explained it all so well! She not only makes you think, she’ll then explain it all in easy-to-understand detail! Plus, for anyone who has dyed cotton before and thought you had to leave your fabric sit in the dye for 6-24 hours! Great news…YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO THIS! With Marjie’s techniques, most fabrics are done in 1 HOUR…yes, you read that correctly. And yes, the colors are rich and deep!!

My first class with her (Cotton Dyeing) has just finished up and now we will begin Quilter’s Palette tomorrow! She’s promised to show us how to mix our dyes and come up with incredible colors to create “colors of nature.” Such as sea, sky, trees and flesh tones! And, with 50 yards of new fabric waiting to be dyed…I’ll be busy for weeks!! 🙂

I’m also taking her Silk Dyeing class – this is a totally new field to me and has been just as exciting and informative. Now I’m wondering what 50 yards of silk will cost me! Better hold off on that one for a little while longer!

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Marjie! She is funny, excited and a wealth of information! Yeah, Margie, you rock, Girl!!!

Can you see the specks?

Can you see the specks? Still a cool piece.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | Fabric Dyeing, Quilt University | , | 2 Comments