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Silk face and backing, cotton interior and thread. Sealed leaves, tree seeds, stone, and wool.
40″ x 8″ x 30″ © Allison Green 2013.

The third piece in the Time Flies Collection, this shows the adult insect is in full flight toward the viewer. It also takes the form of a gaze of awareness.

See how it was constructed, and the other items in the series: Nascent, Nymph, and Nesting.
Exhibited with Foundation at the Saint John Arts Centre, Saint John, NB.
Pricing available upon request.

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The Cogs of Communication

A Brief History of Written Communication

The Cogs of Communication

Gouache, vellum, tracing paper, newspapers, and dictionary pages. © Allison Green 2012.

Paper quilt with symbols painted in gouache. The top layer (painted tracing paper) represents our initial form of written communication, symbology. Underneath this layer are dictionary pages, which display the next step, formal written language. The piece is then quilted with a wave stitch, showing our most recent development, wireless communication.

Shown in Context/Texture at the NBCCD Gallery in 2012.

A Brief History of Written Communication (Detail)

Journey of the river rocks.

I am taking part in an interesting project on one of my favourite blogs, Spirit Cloth by Jude Hill. With intentions of making one (or several) collaborative textiles, she has been collecting “magic feathers”. These feathers were to be embroidered and mailed to her. She received 713 before she stopped collecting, from all over the world. You’ll be glad if you check them out, she has posted each and every one, and they are all so different and beautiful. What an amazing ressource is the internet community.

Now she is collecting appliqué stones to go with the feathers. To ground them, as she says. Yesterday I spent the day under a tree in O’dell park making little tiny stones. They take nearly no time and are very relaxing, no worries about making a perfect circle or having untarnished cloth. The more rock-like the better. She has a how-to video on the site for anyone interested.

I was especially inspired by the river rocks which fill the streams in the park, many of which are coated in the greenest of mosses this time of year. Today I put them all in an envelope to head off on their journey to New York. It will be the first time that my work has left the country.

Collaboration has a really healthy feeling about it.

Physical felt.

Made some neat felt samples last week. I love felting class. It’s really a full-body art form. Your arms are so tough by the end of the day and you have so much texture to show for it!

This one was a secondary fibre sample, a variety of different wools, silks, I can’t even remember what all. It is coloured with acidwash dyes in island blue.

And so with this one. As you can see the colour is very uneven, by design. This is accomplished by putting very little water in your dye pot, stirring it not at all, and never letting it boil too robustly. Oh, and it’s best if you use a dye that is a mix of many colours, like chestnut, plum, and island blue. This causes the dye to split in the pot and you get a whole collection of colours on your felt.

This next little guy is the product of resist felting. You put down a couple layers of wool, then a bit of bubble wrap, then more wool, then more bubble wrap, until you have a nice little tumour. Then you rub rub rub until it’s nice and felty.

Then you cut open all the layers of your lovely little boil, and pull out the bubble wrap. It practically jumps out at you! The felt shrinks around it and so it gets all balled up in there : ) This one has some plastic mesh in one of the layers. Wouldn’t it look cool with a big marble in that hole?

This one has nylons felted in. Yes, nylons as in pantyhosen. It has just a tiny bit of sparkle and a bubbly monster skin effect.

This next one uses polyester organza, and has beautiful dimpling. This happens when you felt into secondary structures like porous fabrics. As you felt the barbs of the wool latch onto your cloth. Then as the felt shrinks, it gathers the cloth along with it. I dyed this piece later and was shocked that the polyester took the colour. I knew acidwash would dye nylon but not this kind of thing. Super cool.

I also biffed this silk hankie in on top of my chestnut dye pot when I was colouring the resist pieces above. While they came out brown and green, this guy ended up mustard and navy blue. Just goes to show the number of colours that go into that dye.

Our next project for that class is a scarf inspired by a photograph of a sky. I chose a nebula. Specifically this nebula (found here).

Thinking about trying to felt in some glass bits for the stars. We shall see how that works out. Little behind on the schoolwork what with finishing off the light fixture masterpiece, but c’est la vie. I have only exciting projects left so it won’t take a whole lot of motivation : )

Yay or nay?

Quick question:

Here are the contenders:

#1 : Blimps, Balloons, and Rigid Airships
Gouache on watercolour paper. Quite large, say, 22×36.

Contemporary Nursery Rhymes
Various materials on watercolour paper. Four pieces, would be matted neatly. See previous post for detailed images. Each 10″ x 10″

# 3:
Dream Within a Dream
Pillow with digital prints and trapunto. About 13″ x 20″

Reverse side has this print:

Dino Bags
Set of 4 canvas bags with various dinosaur screen prints. Here are two of them.

Okay, there are the choices. Please lend me a hand as I resent decision-making! Vote at the top of this post!

Daffodils, bladder cherries, tea, and indigo

Last evening I received a bundle of daffodils. They look so pretty with the indigo yarn and cloth scraps I’ve been amassing.

We have a group indigo vat going on at school right now. So interesting. If you don’t know about this amazing plant, check it out. Think blue jeans. Basically, when you pull your cloth out, it’s light green. Then as it oxidizes it magically turns blue.

Very rich. A little too royal blue for my liking so I decided to over-dye it with tea. Yup, regular old tea is a pretty sweet colourant.

It turned out pretty well. The silk strips came out with a beautiful goldy tinge, and so with the wool, but the cotton didn’t take the tea as readily. Perhaps another dip tomorrow.

So silvery : )

All of this indigo business is headed toward a line of three scarves. I’ve decided to make woven neck cuffs (or cowls, or scarflettes, whatever you like to call them) that contain a whole collection of different yarns, strings and cloth strips. They are going to let me use a loom for a few weeks although I am not a fibre arts student (I am in textile design, little different). Anyway, very excited. I love weaving so. You would too if you tried it.

Other than indigo-ing I’ve been picking out nursery rhymes for my mixed media textured pieces. I think I’ve decided on Peter Pumpkin Eater, Hickory Dickory Dock, Ladybug Ladybug, and Sing a Song of Six Pence. But don’t hold me to that.

And I made these pretty t-shirts for digital class. They are called “Bladder Cherry”, which is a most amusing term for Chinese Lanterns. The original design (seen on the black shirt) was for a set of “art blinds”. It was drawn in Illustrator. These are just iron-on transfers, but I think after seeing the results I will make up a couple of screen prints with similar motifs. Little more permanent that way.

One goes up while the other comes down

The saltscape city has crumbled into the sea, but I’m sure it won’t be my last fling with crystal-making.

The show I took part in at Gallery Connexion, called “The View”, came down today. It was mostly for students at my school. I had a few pieces in it that I made last year while taking the Foundation Visual Arts program:

The piece below is a ceramic lizard eye. The nice lady who runs the gallery told me it looks like a vagina. Go figure.

This one is a cross-contour pomegranate I made from pen and ink in my first ever drawing class. One of my prouder moments.

This is a piece I made for art history, inspired by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. It is probably the largest painting I’ve made, and includes gouache, acrylic, acrylic gel, and copper foil. I painted it from a photograph of my very lovely and patient boyfriend, Warren. He is not quite as creepy-looking in real life.

The next thing I have on tap is the textiles show at the college. The poster was finalized this week. Perhaps a little more pinky than I would have chosen, but certainly eye-catching. It reminds me of a fairy tale landscape.

It`s going to be a beautiful show. I am lucky to be in a small department with exclusively talented people. It raises the bar for my own work and they are a constant source of knowledge and inspiration.

Having a little trouble deciding what to put in. I can submit three pieces for consideration. My paper quilt is a given, and I`m working on a mixed media nursery rhyme collection I have high hopes for. Other than that, either my digitally printed pillow, my dino screen prints, or my blimps and balloons pattern croquis. I`ll post them up here this weekend and you fine people can help me decide.