Monthly Archives: January 2013

New artwork!

Compartments #16 © Aryana B. Londir
20″ x 18″

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January has been a wonderfully productive month for me.  Four new “Compartments” pieces were created, and now the series numbers seventeen. Wow!

“Compartments,” to me, is an series which continues to intrigue and challenge me, as well as allowing me to have fun and explore.

These pieces are a departure in that they are not quilted. They are mounted on 1.5″ deep cradled board with the sides painted black.  This presentation is very contemporary and allows the viewer to see the composition more clearly.

Not only do these pieces look wonderful shown individually, but their impact is so powerful when massed together on a wall…

Compartments #12, #15 and #17
© Aryana B. Londir

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How wonderful to commission a group in your choice of colors and sizes.  Treat yourself this year and have fun along with me.

What would your dream grouping look like? What would your choice of colors and size configuration be?

I’d love to hear from you. Please feel to comment below.

Bye for now!

 

Color Bloom on Fabric

high-fire

Fused Glass

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.

Green/yellow/multicolored 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 multi and blues

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!