This is Oamaru today. It is Sunday, around 9am. The weather is dull and cloudy. It's 4 degrees C (39F), as it's early winter here.
What does this day say to you?
Does it say : stay in bed? Go get some spiritual enlightenment? Sit by the fire and read the Sunday papers?"
Here's a hint of what it said to me:
I'm afraid so. It said "why not stand out in the cold and do some dyeing?"
You see, I'd been looking at Melody Johnson's blog.
Melody is an artist-turned-quilter whose work I admire greatly. She has a wonderful eye for colour. I've been admiring the small works of art she's been making lately, with their clear bright colours, clever use of contrast and all-round appeal to a colour tart like me. Melody often uses bright primaries in her work.
I've been working lately with my more subtle blended fabrics,so I thought to myself "Ha! I can do that too!"
Just the odd thing that I had overlooked.
Like.....I don't have a studio like Mel. Hers is probably heated, too. Nor do I have racks of boards where I can dry my fabric flat. I have exactly 1 board. And even if I hose it down between pieces of fabric, I still get dye transferring from the previous piece. This is fine for my blended fabric, as I aim to get colour layers. As for not drying flat.....well, of course having to hang my work up to dry, the colours run into each other somewhat, and where the fabric touches itself or another piece, colour transfers. Again, not a problem with blends, but it IS if you're trying to achieve an expanse of clear colour.
So I'll see how these come out. The really dark ones are earlier dyed pieces that I used the leftover black and red dye on because they were a bit boring. They won't look this dark when dry.
Whenever that is. Yay, it's way up to 5 degrees now (41F).