A look back at a class I took two years ago.
My summer dye-work has been interrupted by a bad knee (all the supplies are in the basement, two floors down. And the water is in the kitchen, two floors up. Good knees required.) But the t-shirt blanks are waiting for me. Meanwhile, I sort my thermofax screens, collect color swatches, and remember this inspiring class.
Just coming back into my body after a 5-day workshop at Pro Chemical and Dye in Fall River, with Sue Benner. Speechless with delight. Five days in a huge workshop, with fourteen talented people, plus all of Pro Chem's power behind us.
|repeat-like freehand design|
Students came from around the US and from Canada. The room was full of energy and curiosity, with Sue a marvelous, generous teacher to lead us.
After a half-day of set-up, we began with straight monoprints. The second morning we worked just with black on white. Here is one such piece, with a second layer of painting and a fine mist of color:
|I love the sense of depth here|
The range of vision was wonderful to see, from abstract to literal, and from carefully considered to the wildly improvisational.
|Flowers! layered print by my wonderful roommate|
Wednesday the Pro Chem people set up a big print table for us on the loading dock. Everyone got at least two chances over two days to work large. I snapped up extra hours, even squeezed in a last hour before final cleanup on Friday.
|Silk scarf and smiles.|
If they'd offered the option, I'd still be there. Instead I'm home, setting up a dye station in each of my work places, rationalizing my supplies, and calling the plumber about a sink in the basement.
|sunset on last day.|
Here's a piece from this weekend, painted on half a vintage table cloth:
Heaps of ideas and energy.