Category Archives: hand-dyeing

HAND-DYED SCARVES

posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR

I want to share Leah’s latest scarves (http://www.leahdesigns.com/) which are completely awe-inspiring!  They are hand-dyed, screened, stamped and vat-dyed – a many-stepped process that results in multiple layers and a complex visual image.  Leah’s wonderful work will be available this weekend at Fall Didley in Belvedere, IL and at the Fine Art of Fiber (www.fineartoffiber.org/), Chicago Botanic Garden, the first weekend of November.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ENDANGERED SEA

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Because of rising temperatures, our beautiful seas are in danger.  Magnificent coral reefs are getting bleached out; totally saturated colors are turning white!  The habitat of the sea turtle is being destroyed, and these elegant creatures are endangered.  I have not, in the past, used my art work to make a political statement. However I felt compelled to represent the endangered reefs and turtles in fiber, and the 2nd piece of this series was finished this morning.

Interestingly, the theme for Art Quilts Lowell this year is “The Sea” – When I saw this call for entry, my 1st piece was completed and the 2nd piece was underway.  So I stepped up my pace a bit, planning to submit both pieces to this show.  Filling out the entry form today, I saw that maximum width is 48″.  The Endangered Sea Turtle piece is 54″, so alas, they will be submitted to a different show with no size restrictions.  So much for looking at directions…

The good news is that both pieces are finished and photographed!

 

Endangered Sea Turtle  (c)2011 Shelley Brucar

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SOUTHERN LIGHTS TRIPTYCH

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Just finished!  Southern Lights Triptych.  (c)2010 Shelley Brucar

Here are some detail shots:

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MIDWEST MEDITATIONS

posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR

Fiber Artists Coalition has a second opening this month.  The traveling exhibit, Midwest Meditations which features the work of several midwest fiber artists, is now being shown at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum, 108 S. Bloomingdale Rd, Bloomingdale, IL. 

Regular gallery hours are Wednesday 4-8, Thursday 10-4, Friday 10-4 and Saturday 12-4.  There is an admission charge of $4 for residents and $5 for non-residents.  

Please join us for the Artists Reception,  Sunday, September 19, 2:00 – 4:00.

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MARKETING – STRUT YOUR STUFF

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Above:  Some pieces currently on my design wall, waiting to come together.

In today’s ART BIZ BLOG, Alyson Stanfield refers to “Brag! How to Toot Your Own Horn without Blowing It” by Peggy Klaus.  It’s a book about how to let others know about your art and your accomplishments.  The Art Biz Blog lists 12 questions to help artists think about and define how to describe their art.  Any book or conversation about marketing suggests an “elevator speech” – a way to quickly and simply talk about what you do in a way that will spark interest.  Alyson’s questions are sure to spark ideas for what to include in your elevator speech.  These questions will also prove thought-provoking for anyone wanting to talk about what they do; it’s not just for artists.

One of the questions is “what do you like/love about being an artist?”  That can be a surprisingly difficult question to answer.  I’m not sure how I would answer. 

I know I love being in my studio; I get so excited about dyeing or painting fabric and watching color magically appear (yes, it still seems like magic to me!).  It’s energizing to step back from the design wall and like what I see.  It can even be fun to cope with the struggle that is often part of a new piece coming together.  Taking a piece off the wall and cutting into it can be amazingly empowering! 

I know I feel good in my studio, that working on art is not really work, but more therapeautic.  I know I love exhibiting my work and talking to people who come to see it.  I love it when someone seeing my work expresses delight and “gets” what I’m trying to do – to get the viewer to let go of the demands of the day and step into the art.  I love feeling creative, maybe because I grew up believing that I did not have a creative component to my being.  I now believe that everyone has a creative part and that using one’s creative part is simply a matter of letting go of old, rigid ideas and allowing the creative energy to emerge.

Ok, maybe I did answer the question – now I just have to condense the rambling a bit…

The last question Alyson asks is “In what ways are you making a difference in peoples’ lives?”  I know I want someone viewing my art to feel the serenity and peacefulness that I feel every step of the way, from original idea or first bit of color to fabric, right up to the last stitch.  Is that happening?

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IMPRESSIONIST LANDSCAPES

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Fire Dance, Skylights (sold) and Shades of Summer  (c)2010 Shelley Brucar

Gentle Passage and A Place in My Heart (c)2010 Shelley Brucar

July 31 – August 1 is the last weekend for my Impressionist Landscapes in Fabric exhibit at Simply Chicago Art.

My scarves are also available at the gallery.

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BLOG ARCHIVES

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I have added a new page to my blog, Blog Archives.  This is a listing by subject and date of all blog posts so far, making it easy to look up what’s been written here by subject.

Exhibit opening at Simply Chicago Art went very well yesterday.  Thanks to all who came, and special thanks to Mary Berg, gallery owner.  If you couldn’t make it, the show goes on Saturdays 11:00 – 7 and Sundays 1:00 – 6, or by appointment, through August 1.

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