And, ah, at last I have the dye studio put “to bed” for the winter…it’s great to see it clean and tidy. Since the sun is so generous with its heat here in summer it seems right to use the high temperatures and humidity (so good for dye!) then - when they are both free and abundant.
I used the last of my dye concentrate (black) to print up several yards of tree fabric for my industrial landscapes. Here “batching” on top of the computer – such a useful machine!….plenty of “free” heat (thank you Dell!)…..
I’ve made quite a bit of tree fabric this year; I love the oxymoron of using nature inspired fabric in the industrial pieces.
As you can see in Tracy St Silo and Colliery below, I made the industrial architecture from fabric I’d monoprinted with leaf and branch shapes…my aim is this would be gradually realised – after the image as a whole had been observed. I just hope I’m not being too subtle here!! Explanations are tedious for both the explainer and the explainee! (back to the dreary artist statement!)
I do have very mixed feelings about industrial sites, they definitely have a fascinating beauty with the colours of rust and tarnished metal, and with their intertwining shapes….but usually they are also designed to be extraordinarily unsympathetic towards the environment….maybe one day we can have both the interesting buildings and a reduced impact on nature. For the time being, I’m trying to bring the double message with these pieces.
And, if you have been, thanks for reading! Elizabeth
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