My sewing table has a window where I can watch village life go by as I sew. My studio is in the top floor of our heritage home which was built in 1909 and has two of these original old single pane windows. The other one is filled with the branches and leaves of a big maple tree.
“Berberis Thunbergi” Don’t you love the sound of Latin names? I always enjoy discovering them when looking up names of plants and shrubs in my garden. Otherwise know as Japanese Barberry, this striking little shrub with it’s red berries and dark thorny branches in winter, was the inspiration for one of my latest textile prints.
I discovered the simple beauty of this shrub when I used it in an arrangement for my booth at a Christmas Fair. I was so struck by it’s dramatic dark branches and thorns contrasting the bright red berries that I made a pen and ink drawing of it and transferred that to a silkscreen. I’ve since used it as a layered design in skirts, tunics, table runners and napkins. I constructed this skirt of hand dyed linen rayon with a hemp silk satin finish on the hemline, waistband and tie. I discharge screen printed the first layer and then screenprinted a second layer in black textile paint.
I have always had it in mind to make fiber art necklaces using my own hand dyed and printed textiles. I finally produced some this week and am really pleased with the results. They have a strong ethnic tribal flavour and are soft and comfortable to wear. I’ve really enjoyed designing and making them.
This leafy collection on my table was caught waiting for my attention. The table runners, napkins and leaf brooches went to The Live Art Shop in Kaslo yesterday. A drive through snowy mountains to make the delivery in time for Christmas sales. The vintage table cloths with screenprinted images of a sleeping deer and leaf motifs on various fabrics are waiting to be heat set with a hot iron – this makes them washable. The small pieces of fabric will be used for brooches or on fingerless gloves which I make from repurposed wool sweaters.