In 2012, I decided to concentrate my work as an artist in fiber. Until that time, I worked in fused glass for about eight years. I was drawn to glass as I loved the depth of color that could be created and the moldability of the medium in a kiln, creating objects that were decorative but delved somewhat into the functional – bowls and trays.that they were “too The work, although satisfying and well-received, was physically demanding. Glass is heavy, cold and hard. I needed wet belt sanders, saws and grinders.
Having sewn since my teens, it’s something that always brought me pleasure. I love the tactile quality of fabric – it’s opposite of glass; lightweight, warm and soft. One day when I was sewing a garment, my husband came into the studio, stopped, looked at me and said, “You always look so happy when you are sewing.” I stopped right then and there, and responded, “Then why am I not doing this for my work?” Revelation!
Fiber Constructions” here I come!
Sold all my inventory of glass work, kilns, tools and raw materials. Purchased my dream sewing machine and began the change. Wow. I really did not know where to begin. A brand new world is both exciting and scary. I knew that color and line have always been my focus, but how to differentiate myself in a world already filled with great textile work?
Research, and lots of it. Perused many artist’s websites. Took a few classes with Nancy Crow www.nancycrow.com (don’t all of us in this line do?) and felt that I was developing a voice which would carry me. That was in 2010 and it was a slow go to develop something unique.
Decided that I would prefer dyeing most of my own fabric, learned some on my own, but then took a class with Carol Soderlund (www.carolsoderland.com) and another new world emerged! Learned how to conquer creating really good solids, but I wanted more.
Enter color bloom on fabric.
This is one of the pieces I created using a completely different method than for solids. I had no idea what it would look like after rinsing, but I was knocked out!
And two more:
Yellow/brown multicolored and blue mottled
The colors and mottling were so beautiful that I had to create new work, still within “Compartments” that showcased the patterning. Cutting these pieces into yet smaller pieces would lose impact.
Here is one of the first pieces I created using this type of fabric:
Compartments #10 © 2012 Aryana B. Londir
Some may look at this fabric and see it as imperfect; I see it as unique and amazing.
Have you ever had some fabric that you just couldn’t cut up or found a use for that is different from what you usually do? Please post a comment and share.
Bye for now!