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Complex botanical dyes and ecoprints on silk – painterly inspiration

Lunar Mystery ecoprint scarfLunar Mystery Scarf – with cutch, indigo, blackberry leaves, coreopsis, cotinus coggygria leaves and marigold petals on flat crepe silk – SOLD.

During the autumn months of 2015 I created a collection of silk scarves using layerings of ecoprints, botanical dyes and resist dye techniques. As an artist with a background in painting and printmaking I have always enjoyed complex layerings of colour and texture.  I have been observing within the ‘ecoprint’ community that there seems to be a preference for exact detail of the leaves and other botanical material. In my opinion this is often at the expense of the subtle nuances of colour that ecoprinting can offer. I think this is due to an overuse of iron as a mordant. While iron does bring out details it also saddens and darkens colour. Iron can also affect the integrity of silk and can leave it duller and less ‘silky’. I always use alum as a mordant and I sometimes use iron in small amounts. My interest lies more in the painterly and playful effects of layered colour and texture and the infinite nuances of colour from botanical dyes and ecoprints than in reproducing the leaves exactly.

Where some may find the yellows and golds unwanted in the scarf below, I find it beautiful. Not using iron allows the golds and rusts of the coreopsis and the pale lilac blues of the cotinus to flourish. Where the warm and cold colours meet are an infinite variety of subtle greens.

Golden silk scarfCotinus leaves and Coreopsis silk scarf – with cutch, cotinus and coreopsis on flat creper silk scarf – SOLD

On the subject of painting, during my recent show “Botanical” I had the pleasure of showing my work with the lovely miniature botanical paintings of artist Nadine Stefan. We decided to do this after noticing how our work complemented each other. It was so rewarding for us to see our work displayed together in this way. We had an almost sellout show!

Botanical Show“Botanical” – Hidden Garden Gallery, New Denver, BC, Dec, 2015

Botanical show“Botanical” – Hidden Garden Gallery, New Denver, BC, Dec, 2015

Nadine Stefan paintingsNadine Stefan miniature paintings in “Botanical” 

Nadine Stefan is an artist who works in a wide variety of media. Check out her website here: Nadine Stefan

Here are a few more pieces from my collection  – some have sold and others I have made available for purchase in my online gallery  – Those still available appear first in my products, and following those I have left some of the sold ones for you to view. here: http://morgenbardati.bigcartel.com/

Wine and Gold scarfWine and Gold scarf – with cochineal, madder, cotinus coggygria leaves (smokebush), coreopsis leaves and flower buds, and sumac leaves on flat crepe silk scarf – SOLD

Moom and Leaves silk chiffon scarf

Moon and Leaves silk scarf –  with leaves of maple, birch and cotinus coggygria ecoprints with cutch, brazilwood and indigo on crepe de chine

Blue green gold silk scarfBlue green and gold ecoprints and itajime silk scarf – with madder, coreopsis, cotinus coggygria, maple and indigo on crepe de chine.

Botanical Dream scarfBotanical Dream silk scarf – with black tea, coreopsis, cotinus coggygria and maple leaves on flat crepe silk – SOLD

Landscape Illusion scarfLandscape Illusion scarf – with black tea, cotinus coggygria leaves, coreopsis flowers, sumac leaves and indigo on medium weight silk habotai

Blue and Brown silk scarfBlue and Brown ecoprint and botanical dye silk scarf – with maple leaves, marigold and cotinus coggygria ecoprints with cutch, black tea and indigo on silk chiffon

Mother pf Pearl and Flowers silk scarf Mother of Pearl and Flowers silk scarf – with black tea, brazilwood, coreopsis, cotinus coggygria leaves, indigo on sheer lightweight silk habotai

Late September Garden silk scarf Late September Garden silk scarf with cochineal, coreopsis flowers, Japanese maple leaves and cotinus coggygria (smokebush) leaves on crepe de chine – SOLD

 I wanted to extend a sincere thank you to all those of you who supported our show “Botanical”, both locally and afar. Also, many thanks to all of those who have emailed me recently with your kind words of encouragement – I appreciate you all very much. I am considering the idea of presenting a workshop – perhaps here in the Kootenays in the early Fall when the local leaves are strong with colour. I will keep you posted.

Meet TAFA – The Textile and Fiber Art List

TAFA Directory List

TAFA is celebrating it’s fifth birthday!

So “What is TAFA?”, you might ask.

TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Art List is a membership association of handmade traditional and contemporary textiles and fiber businesses. TAFA’s members may exhibit, sell and teach.”

This wonderful venue for fiber and textile folk from around the world was conceived by Rachel Biel (of Rayela Art ) who had a beautiful vision and the perseverance to see it through its many incarnations until it has reached the amazing online community that it is today.  I am delighted to have been a member of TAFA  for quite a few years now and it has grown into quite an online presence since it’s first beginnings. It is populated with some of the most talented and versatile fiber/textile artists and businesses from all over the world. Unlike many other similar venues for fiber and textile where most members are from North America, TAFA is truly global. Its members reflect this diversity. TAFA accommodates artists, fair trade businesses, co-operatives, fiber and textiles supplies as well as teaching artists. Let me show you some of the ones that catch my eye, but please peruse the TAFA website for yourself. There are over 500 members from 44 countries!

From Paris, France: Independent fiber artiste Ariane Mariane , her felted wearable art accessories and clothing are imbued with daring colour and whimsical designs.

Arianne Marianne

 

From Vancouver, Canada: Nell’s Embroidery – her textile and thread drawings on miniature fairy shoes and boxes are absolutely astonishing.

Nells-Embroidery-Embroidered-Shoes-1467x1200

 

From Rehovot, Israel: Daria Lvovsky creates Waldorf inspired felted art. Her tiny animals and birds are sensitively formed and filled with life – hard to believe that they are not real.

Daria Lvovsky

 

From Brisbane, Australia: Debra Dorgan (All Things Pretty), her clothing and accessories are made with layers of sumptuous textiles, laces and shiny findings.

Debra Dorgan

 

From Burien, Washington in the USA: Danny Mansmith, sewing machine man extraordinaire, whose spontaneous stitched drawings, sculptures and wearables always have an element of surprise for me.

Danny Mansmith

 

From Moscow, Russia and now living in Canada: textile artist and clothing designer Yekaterina Mokeyeva of Feuer und Wasser. Her small but beautiful line of wearables are inspired by nature and the wilderness theme.

Feuer und wasser

From Afghanistan and the Paducah, USA: Abdul Wardak ( Afghan Tribal Arts) who specializes in tribal arts and crafts from Afghanistan.

Afghan Tribal Arts

There are many many more beautiful fiber and textile art businesses and artists on TAFA, so please stop by and check them out. If you are a fiber or textile artist I would really encourage you to consider joining this fabulous venue.

Sister site to TAFA is ArtizanMade, another amazing idea of Rachel Biel. ArtizanMade is a gateway collective of handmade shops which you can find by clicking on the banners which link to artisan profiles. My profile is here: Morgen Bardati on ArtizanMade. Rachel Biel created this sweet little video for ArtizanMade. She is always thinking about ways to reach out and create awareness around the value of handmade. Thank you Rachel!

 

Arts by the Lake in the Kohan Reflection Garden

On Saturday, September 1st, 2012, I participated in one of my favourite community art events. Arts by the Lake has become a much anticipated annual event held in the exquisite Kohan Gardens in New Denver, BC. Visitors are delighted by artists, music, workshops and garden tours as they meander through  this beautiful and inspiring landscaped garden. This Japanese style garden was designed and is maintained by a group of volunteers in honour of the Japanese Canadians who were interned in New Denver, BC during World War II. It is one of the most special places to visit any time of the year in the village as the garden is designed to change with the seasons.

Dianne Carter spinning wool which she weaves into rugs and blankets

Arts by the Lake in the Kohan Garden, New Denver, BC with my booth in the foreground

Orea Brown-Dahl is a young painter inspired by the beautiful environment we live in and her love for the mountains.

Tsuneko Kokobo – ‘Koko’ – painting joyfully

My booth – Morgen Bardati at Art by the Lake in the Kohan Garden

Art by the Lake in the Kohan Garden with Andrea, one of the event co-ordinators.

Artist Barbara Maye with her paintings

Donna Hicks presenting her watercolour workshop to a captivated audience.

Arts by the Lake was presented by The Slocan Lake Gallery and Garden Societies.

A short list of commonly used arts and crafts terminology and abbreviations

I was having a discussion on my Inkyspider Facebook page the other day about OOAK. A friend and very talented jeweler had no idea what OOAK meant. I realized that some terms which we use to describe art and handmade items were not necessarily clear to buyers and even artists and makers. I decided to compile this list of commonly used terminology and abbreviations which artists and makers may use to describe their work. I chose words which were used fairly broadly and have not covered techniques and terms used for specific media. This may come in useful if you are one of those people who like to peruse the beautiful handmade world of online venues such as Etsy.com . Any of these words or terms may be used to make your searches on these sites more relevant.

'Undersea Garden" - An original OOAK fiber art ACEO by Morgen Bardati

   THE LIST OF ARTS AND CRAFT TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS  

  • Artwear (Art to Wear) – Meaning wearable art – defined as an original garment, jewelry piece or accessory which has been individually designed with the intention to be viewed as a functional/wearable art piece.
  • Archival – The ability of paper (and sometimes other items) to withstand the effects of time, especially useful to know when buying photographs, prints or art made on paper.
  • ACEO – An ACEO is a 2.5 by 3.5 inch miniature artwork. Originally ATC’s (artist trading cards) were exchanged amongst artists but the relatively new idea of ACEO’s means that anyone can make a treasured and affordable collection of these inspired little works. ACEO’s fit into standard card collector’s sleeves but may also be framed.
  • ATC – Artist Trading Cards are miniature artworks traded between artists. Just like ACEO’s they measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches and fit into standard collector’s cards.
  • Commission – Hiring someone to make a specific art piece usually for a group or public venue but is a term sometimes used by a person placing a personal custom order.
  • Custom order – ‘Made to order’ – Something which is made to specific requirements by the buyer. A special order made for an individual.
  • Limited Edition – A limited amount of signed identical prints (could be photographs or screenprinted, blockprinted or lithograph) that an artist would produce. This could also apply to designers of garments, jewelry and accessories.
  • Handmade (handcrafted) – Made by hand, not by machine, although machine stitched items made by one maker is still considered to be handmade. It would usually suggest a certain amount of personable craftsmanship was involved.
  • Indie – A term applied to independent artists and designers who are not represented by big studios, companies or fashion houses.
  • OOAK – Means  ‘One of a Kind’, not two or three, but the only one made, making it truly unique and original. This term has become overused and it’s definition blurred by websites like Etsy and eBay. If you are looking for a genuine OOAK item make sure that you ask sellers directly if the item is the only one like it they have made or will be making in the future.
  • Open Edition – An unlimited amount of prints or copies are available.
  • Original – A one of a kind artwork or handmade item in which has been entirely designed and created by the artist.
  •  Reproduction – A copy, more than one. When applied to an artwork it would mean that it is not an original but a print or copy of the original.
  • Reconstructed – Something which has been made from an preexisting item. This term is used especially by garment designers to describe garments which have been redesigned from used garments. Reconstruction would imply that the garment/object was first deconstructed. The new creation usually retains some feature of the original item or garment.
  • Repurposed – An item or garment which has been altered or added to in some way to be turned into something else – not necessarily deconstructed.
  • Unique – Means only one, one of a kind but is more often used broadly to describe something that is unusual. If you’re looking for something that is totally unique and truly the only one made then use the term OOAK instead.