I am incredibly lucky. All of my friends are amazing artists. From music to print making, cooking to graphic design, and writing to producing, I am surrounded by talented, inspiring people.
For the past few months, I have been collaborating with a dear friend, Alyson Provax, who is translating her beautiful art to fabric, so that I can selfishly sew it all up. What I love most about Alyson's art is her perspective on texture and placement. Whether its a scene, a phrase, or colors, everything she touches looks like it is in its right place.
Alyson has been hand dyeing and hand painting canvas, linen, and denim. I came over during a dye sesh, and took a few pictures. She has been mixing her own colors to get those oh-so-pretty shades.
The hardest part, aside from rinsing, rinsing and more rinsing, is waiting to see the results. Every piece of fabric becomes a surprise.
Her colors look great with a shibori technique, as well as my favorite trick of hers, which lacks a name, but is best described as "wadding fabric in an empty yogurt container and splashing it with dye" dyeing. We filled a basket with several experiments - folding fabric between boards, twisting fabric into tight ropes, using rubber bands and wood blocks, and laying out the fabric flat and sprinkling with salt for hand painting.
Lately, I will come home from work to find a mysterious paper bag on my porch, and as soon as I peek inside and see a bunch of colors, I know that Alyson has just finished a dye batch. What a lovely thing to come home to!
Working with friends is the best way to create -- I get lonely sewing and crafting by myself, and having folks around me always leads to great conversations, new ideas, and the best kind of criticism.
I hope to soon include some of her text in what I am making as well. Did I forget to mention Alyson is also a wordsmith?
Check out Alyson's TimeWasting Experiment. Seriously, leave my blog and go check it out now.
I want to reiterate how grateful I am to be able to create with friends. What a warm, fuzzy feeling. Stay tuned for more of our creations. And, please, for your own sake, go take a few to gaze at Alyson's art...