Dimensions: 32"h x 42"w
Medium: Mixed Media Fiber Art
Status: For Sale at the Sewell Gallery
By: April Sproule, Contact for Purchase
This piece was an absolute joy to make. A good friend of mine, Nola Flynn, teaches a workshop called Dyeing in a Jar. Our fiber arts group got together for a play day, and this was one of the pieces that I dyed. To me, these pieces are exactly like the Rorschach ink splotch tests they do for psychological evaluation. I just wait for the piece to speak to me, and it always does eventually. Sometimes I have to poke it, prod it, and begin manipulating it until it takes on a life and voice all its own.
After the initial dyeing, I over painted the sateen several times with Setacolor to achieve more depth and variation in values. The image on the left was one of the most problematic sections in the piece, but it turned out to be my favorite part. The heavier thread areas are Kerlix, the stuff they use to wrap plaster casts, that was dyed and couched to the surface by hand. Great fun!