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Pollination – bees, flowers, pollen – my new collection of textile designs

Morgen Bardati - "Pollination"

The first prints from my new series are ‘hot off the press’ as the saying goes, and just in time for the early spring we are having here in the Kootenays. Our bees are already buzzing around outside looking for flowers, pestering me as I get in some early gardening – they buzz in my face inquisitively, as if my activity will miraculously produce some tasty blossoms.

I am a gardener, beekeeper, nature lover and I work with natural dyes. Pollination is such a joyful expression of aliveness in nature and conjures such beautiful imagery for me. I envisioned these images on wearables and at the table on napkins and tablecloths. So far I have produced five new designs and I still have a few more up my sleeve which will be happening over the next few weeks. Here are some of my images, showing the process from drawing to screen prints on small naturally dyed and fiber reactive dyed pieces of cloth.

 

Morgen Bardati - "pollination"I work first with pencil and then in pen and ink. I like to use an old fashioned ‘dip’ pen and black ink – see image of cherry blossom on the left and same drawing in black just below it.

 

Morgen Bardati - Cherry blossom - from "Pollination"” Cherry blossoms” – showing pen and ink drawing and first prints on cloth. The middle piece is plant dyed cotton.

Morgen Bardati - "Pollination" - bees and flowers“Honey bee” and small “Cherry blossom with pollen” – pen and ink drawings and screen printed on shibori stitched and hand dyed cotton fabric.

 

Morgen Bardati - Bees and Flowers form "Pollination"“Cherry blossoms”  printed on hand dyed hemp/cotton and  “Honey bee” printed on hand dyed vintage linen.

 

Morgen Bardati - "Pollination" print series” Bees in Flowers” have been an ongoing theme for me. This print is quite small and I visualize it on a cloth napkin. The tiny cherry blossom at the bottom right on natural dyed cotton I will be using for a small necklace pendant. it looks beautiful with the larger print – the specks of pollen provide a continuity to the design.

 

Morgen Bardati - "Pollination"A collage of “Pollination” prints – waiting to be heat set and then made into wearables. Some of these fabrics I have already surface designed with stitched shibori and layers of discharge print. I work on large pieces as well as tiny pieces of textiles with a variety of surface design techniques and hand dyed colours. I then have them handy to print on when I need them.

 

Morgen Bardati - "Pollination" necklacesThe first finished pieces to come out of this series – “Pollen” necklaces with macro images of lily pollen – layers of hand dyed cloth, hand made hemp silk cords and mother of pearl buttons.

To view items from “Pollination” please visit my Etsy shop here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MorgenBardati?ref=hdr_shop_menu

or my Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/MorgenBardati?ref=hl

 

 

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!

 

Madder and Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl is to me one of the most beautiful materials on the planet. I grew up on the coast of South Africa and as a child I spent a lot of time wandering along the edges of the surf picking up shells. Also known as ‘nacre’, mother of pearl came to me in the form of the abalone, or, as we called them in South Africa, the ‘perlemoen’ or ‘venus ear’ shells. Imagine my surprise when a piece of silk I was working on with madder and local plant material produced the iridescent colours of mother of pearl.

Mother of Pearl silk scarf

I first dyed this piece of flat crepe silk in a light madder dyebath. Then I bundled it with maple and smokebush leaves and steeped it for an hour in a stronger more vibrant madder dye bath together with another piece of the silk which I later used for the back of this two sided scarf.

Mother of Pearl silk scarf

I was at first startled by the red fiery markings on the delicate background of pinks and greeny golds. I decided to fold and clamp the fabric and placed it in a post mordant of iron. That’s when the magic happened. The most amazing colours developed out of this process.

Mother of Pearl Scarf

The ecoprinted maple and smoke bush leaves were not in themselves remarkable. They were’nt even as clear as I would have liked. Perhaps they were ovewhelmed by the strong colour of the madder. But how they mixed with the madder and iron astonished me. The range of blues, pinks, green, golds, greys and silver are so amazing. How the light plays over these colours on the silk makes it look iridescent and alive.

Mother of Pearl Silk Scarf

I actually did this piece last fall but have’nt until now been able to figure out how to capture the qualities of the colours. I recently noticed how true the colours of my silk scarves look under my white market tent and the way that the sun diffused under it. So I have been setting up under my white tent against a canvas backdrop and photographing silk seems to have improved for me. It still does’nt quite capture the way the light interacts with the colours but I think it’s as close as I’m going to get.

Eco Dye Silk Scarf

This is quite a large scarf, more of a shawl really. It measures 22″ wide by 60″ in length.

Mother of Pearl Silk Scarf

Mother of Pearl silk scarf

 

Wearable Fiber Art Necklaces

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.

Rust Red Leaf necklace – hand dyed and screenprinted cotton, hemp, silk and linen with vintage silver grey mother of pearl button

Clover Flower fiber art necklace – screenprinted natural linen and hand dyed cotton cording with vintage mother pf pearl buttons and African ‘Lucky Bean’

Autumn Rust fiber art leaf necklace – hand dyed and screenprinted cotton pendant and with vintage mother of pearl button.

Tree of Life screenprinted and embroidered cotton and linen pendant with vintage mother of pearl buttons