There has been both major and minor distruptions in the lives of FJ's members so this meeting was so looked forward to when everyone was able to attend. YEAH!!Despite the forecast of rain....we had a dry sunny day which allowed our deconstructed screens to dry quickly.
A plastic table cloth is the gathering point for our materials....many were in use when I snapped this picture.My day was not productive at all.....I had numerous failed ice-dyed wool felt pieces that needed another opportunity to become attractive, so I mostly mono-printed. Here I've pressed a plastic sink mat, coated with thickened dye, onto the fabric. I won't even bother to show you the finished look......there wasn't enough contrast/color to make much of a change.
That's the extent of what you'll see from my day.....not only was I having a super hard time trying to see with one eye filled with dozens of black dots from my cataract surgery, looking through eye glass prescription that was no longer viable, on top of all that I developed another bad cold. Have you ever tried to dye/print/work when one's nose drips every 2 mins.....wearing dye covered rubber gloves! ENUFF said.....
Judy too was having an off day......she's all set with thickened dyes....plant material, her screen etc.
But when she printed.....ugh....there were areas of nothing along with a huge blackish mass.
This group is so very clever and optimistic.....Denny suggested using the bleach crystals she had found for us to save the piece.
On the other hand, Kate was on a roll......she created screens so quickly she decided to wave them back and forth to get them to dry faster!
By lunch time I was feeling even sicker so my photo review of our day is pretty slim.....but on a happier note.....The exhibit Kate, Judy, and I have at the NC Arboretum is having wonderful sales. We continue to add new pieces and this patchwork piece and the one below are some of Kate's new additions.
Judy had been busy marbling.....she had piles of these beauties to show and happily shared a few with us.......thanks Judy!
This is another stunning piece that Val designed......I feel that her work tends to have a very dream like quality and no one can combine unexpected colors better than she can!
If you've read down this far you'll know why I may be absent again for awhile as eye #2 ungoes cataract surgery tomorrow. So far, this has NOT been a cake walk, and I'm truly hoping it will have been worth it cause right now all I can say is.....it's not! With that said, I am NOT a good patient, because I'm not a patient person. However, now that I'm appearing so grumpy with this admission....hopefully the next procedure will have me doing a happy dance......I'll be back before I'm missed......