I have spent many happy hours in Susan Brooks garage in Lafayette, CO, doing all kinds of surface designs from soy wax resist, immersion dying, eco dying, fabric painting, batik, deconstructed screen printing — basically, any technique that you can think of, Susan can teach you. And she is a FABULOUS instructor.
But what to do with all this original fabric?
It's been sitting on my shelf for some time and then it was summer and sitting on my black scooter seat burned my butt! So, I started looking around for someone who could make me a scooter seat from my own fabric and found her!
Her name is Suzy and her company is called Cheeky Seats. (Don't you love that name?) So, I sent her my fabric and this is what she made. It fit perfectly. I didn't have any lime green fabric to match my scooter so I sent her something neutral. But now, I night have to paint my scooter to match the seat.
Hmmmm. Another internet search is in my future.
If you have made your own fabric, how have you used it? Let me know!
I have to admit I'm now obsessed with wallets. After taking a couple of classes on Craftsy, I decided to create my own pattern.
I go to the beach every year for vacation and needed a wallet to put inside my large beach bag (that holds my towels, sunscreen, iPhone, Kindle, and pockets for collecting shells and other stuff found on the beach!) . I needed a wallet that was waterproof and light & small enough to just handle a door key and a couple of dollars. I found my best material was Trader Joe's $1 shopping bag. Love the colorful illustrations.
So here are two different wallets I made today. Easy peasy. If you want my FREE pattern, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to send it send it to you.
I like working in a grid format and after walking around the Cherry Creek Art Festival in Denver, CO yesterday, I see I'm not alone.
Hannah Dreiss & Nemo are two of the many artists that also are attracted to this composition concept — with wonderful results. And affordable!
Made from recycled aluminum cans and hung on nails, any whiff of a breeze, makes these circles shimmer. I loved it. If I didn't ride to the festival on my scooter, I would have been buying one of their pieces to take home.
Check them out at http://artbynemo.com/
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!