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SUNSETS IN PROGRESS

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“Southern Lights IV”  (c)2010 Shelley Brucar

These are the current versions of “Southern Lights IV” (above) and “Southern Lights triptych” (below), both ready for stitching.  These two pieces are painted, using transparent and opaque fabric paints, ProFab and Setacolor.  They both have many layers of paint, incorporating various methods of application, screening and dyed cheesecloth.  The small dots you see are pins which, of course, will be removed after stitching.

“Southern Lights triptych”  (c)2010 Shelley Brucar

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MIDWEST MEDITATIONS

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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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SURFACE DESIGN IN PROGRESS

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Working on the piece from my last post, two more layers have been added.  While the first layer was dye-painted onto damp fabric to allow colors to run and blend, the next two layers have been screened onto dry fabric for crisper lines.  It has been screened with a second layer of procion dyes, and then a layer of vat dyes.  Vat dyes put color in and discharge color simultaneously, giving a halo effect.  Most of the change so far is subtle.  Can you figure out what are the differences between the image in my March 10 post and the image below – before you scroll past the image for the answers? 

1. I have put in some darker waves to give the water depth.   2. I have vat-dyed the two mountains in the foreground to add texture and to make them darker, thereby bringing them forward.   3. The mid-range and left, background mountains have been given some texture as well; this may be difficult to see in the background mountain.  Again, it’s all very subtle so far.  4. There are some changes, added lines in the sky.

Next, I will get out my Shiva Paintstiks and start adding layers of paint.  I want more texture, more depth, more shadows and highlights for contrast. 

Since I have made this a “shared” project, any comments are welcome.  What do you see?  What do you like or dislike so far?  What do you think the piece needs?

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HOW TO BE “IN THE MOMENT”

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I believe so strongly that we get more out of every experience if we truly focus on the NOW, putting aside all distractions, that I chose “present” as my word for 2010.  Present as in “being present” not as in “gift” although practicing being present is really a gift to myself.

Recently, the Zen Habits blog had a post about Being Present – 4 simple ideas to help you focus on what is happening in your life right now.  Here’s the link; hope you enjoy it.  http://zenhabits.net/2007/04/practical-tips-to-practice-being-present/

Of course, sometimes we need a diversion which takes us “out of the moment”.   Here is a piece on my design wall that is NOT part of the 2 series I’m working on for 2010:

“Whispering Branches” (c)2010 Shelley Brucar

This design came out of reminiscing w/childhood friends about laying on the ground at dusk, looking up at the emerging stars.  That was definitely an “in the moment” experience.  Techniques used: hand-dyeing, discharge dyeing, screening.

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HAND-DYED AND SCREEN PRINTED SCARVES

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Two pieces of news…

Beginning in February, my hand-dyed and screened scarves will be available at Simply Chicago Art, 1318 Oakton Ave, Evanston, IL.  Here are a few from yesterday’s studio session:

And…

“Stormy”, my piece that is traveling with the SAQA Transformations 09 exhibit is published in the Feb/March issue of  Quilters Newsletter Magazine.  This piece is also listed for sale on the SAQA website.

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NEW WORK

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Two new pieces that will be in the Holiday Boutique at Simply Chicago Art:

Counting the Stars I, (c)2009 Shelley Brucar

Counting the Stars II, (c)2009 Shelley Brucar

And here’s the story:  I recently reconnected with some childhood/high school friends.  Reminiscing about how we used to lie in the grass at dusk, trying to count the stars as they appeared in the sky was the inspiration for this new series.

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MESSAGES

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Social Worker, Sharon Weingarten, has a website that serves as an immensely useful tool for anyone who works with kids, has kids, or is a kid.  What I Wish You Knew allows kids and parents to post messages that are often difficult to express, or difficult to hear, face-to-face.  Every parent and child will be able to relate to some of these messages and perhaps begin to understand their own parent-child relationship a little more clearly.  Communications skills are such an important piece of stress management and finding serenity.

Meeting Sharon just happens to coincide with a related fiber art series I am beginning to conceptualize.  While in Italy, I noticed that there was an abundance of graffiti.  Italy’s graffiti however, was mostly not gang-related or, in any way, angry.  Some of the graffiti I saw exhibited the talent of the graffiti artist.

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Much of it was about amore. P9181432Even with my very limited Italian, I get the gist of this message written on a train window:  “I need you.  Return to me.  I love you.”

I am also fascinated with Hebrew lettering, although I do not read Hebrew.  So my new series of work is going to be about “Ancient Messages” and “Modern Messages”.   Here are the screened fabrics for the first two pieces of the “Messages” series:

Ancient msg 1 (c) Shelley Brucar 2009

Modern msg 1

(c) Shelley Brucar 2009

I would love to have a great range of messages, old and new.  If you have a photo of your favorite Hebrew text and/or photos of graffiti that you would like to share, please send them to me (shelley@handmade-memories.com) along with your understanding of the message and – important – your consent for me to use your photos in this series of fiber art.  Feel free to forward this post to anyone you know who may be interested in Sharon’s or my messages.  Thanks.

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