Well I havent fallen off the earth, but it has sort of felt that way. I came back from Houston and promptly got sick. I know a lot of us are dealing with this cold. I keep thinking I am going to be over it in another day and yet it lingers. Ugh. I have too much to do.
I am tackling a project that is long over due, my friend Kathy York is curating a village of artist houses for an exhibit. I have known about this project for over 6 months and am only now getting around to starting it and the deadline is just a couple weeks away, with Thanksgiving next week, sigh.
I am trying something a little new for making my house. I found out that abaca paper is often used to make tea bags (and money). Abaca is also used to make unryu tissue which I have used in my collages before. Unryu is the tissue paper that has little fibers visible in it. You can buy plain abaca here or here.
I created several black and white collages, combining text and imagery in photoshop, cut some heavier weight abaca paper to 8 1/2″ x 11″ and stuck it in my toner printer and printed out the collages. Next I painted the paper with textile paints and fused it to Peltex (heavy weight interfacing). Although the fuse did not stick that great, it did hold well enough for stitching.
I have more stitching to do and then pieces to cut and assemble. This is as far as I have gotten so you will have to stay tuned for what comes next.