Tuesday, March 17, 2015

How I Came To The Point Of Creating My Ice Dyes

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These are 3 of my experiments on the journey to create the BEST. I consider the above so-so but it takes a lot of these to achieve the best.

Thanks you to everyone for all your comments about my most recent piece which I consider the BEST of the best Florida Ice.

This never could have happened without a lifetime of learning involving fabrics and color.
Many have asked how I do this and it is not something I can share.

For one thing, the results are serendipitous.
And the other thing is unless you have lived the same life I have for 75 years you will never achieve these results.

I am no longer teaching, but am pursuing my own art.
To attempt to share this would not be fair to myself, nor to people who would try it and not get the results I do.

When I was doing one on one teaching for a fee I had a student ask if she could come and learn everything I knew about color from me in a one day session as she would have to travel a distance to get to my studio. It would not have been possible as she had not lived my life. I could have taught her about color theory but even if I did that until she did exercises,etc she still would not have learned what I attempted to teach her.

I can only suggest you take as many color and design classes as possible from the very best instructors and do the work from the classes.
Don’t concentrate only on working with dyes, but with paints, fabrics. yarns, food and papers.
Then play with your chosen materials until you get results that please you.

Devote every waking moment to your art as only then will you achieve your potential. You can multitask and think about your art being influenced as you live your daily life and think about what you want to do and how you will start.


You are all welcome to follow me on my BLOG and sign up to the email list on the page which will notify you each time I post to the blog.  In addition to my art I share parts of my life on my blog. There are times when a week or more may go by with no posts as I have nothing to post. The blog address is: http://quiltspluscolor.blogspot.com/

And in closing I am going to share some not so successful things I’ve dyed recently so you don’t thing I get a winner ever time.
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The above are some less than lovelies but it takes creating a lot of these to find my direction to make the BEST!
Even the less than lovelies are useful for backs of quilts or they can be cut up and used in piecing. So all is not lost no matter what happens in my work.
I wish you success on your art journey wherever it takes you.

I have decided to stop accepting Facebook friends right now unless I know you. I have topped 1000 friends and as I accept more people it seems it stops me from seeing posts from my nearest and dearest. I may be wrong, but I am going to try this and see how it works. I also post my work on some Face Book textile, dyeing, fiber, and color pages so you may also see it there.

5 comments:

Leigh-Anne van der Veen said...

Very true words Kay. I've found that for every successful piece of fabric that we dye, we get between 5 and 10 pieces that do not work out as planned. Of course, practise makes perfect so that number should drop.

I love reading your blog as well.

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

I love that you shared your not so successful dyes....it shows us all that it is a lot of attempts sometimes to get that perfect piece or successful quilt. Loved that you shared this beautiful quilt.

Sita Rao said...

Kay, thanks for sharing the truth that you have to make mistakes and have a couple of failures on your path to the kind of success and artistry that you have achieved. Many artists never acknowledge this and shroud it in a "mystique " . Your work inspires dabblers like me who have discovered Surface Design and dyeing later in life after having done other things forever.

The Inside Stori said...

As always....well said!!!

Barbara said...

I have just started reading your blog.thank you so much for sharing with us. Since I did find you on facebook I do have to tell you there are ways to put your friends into groups so you can read the important ones and skip the rest until you have time. I have the same problem only lots less friends.