Monday, April 05, 2010


The challenge following the word Puzzle (see below Feb 28th) is Passage, in case you didn't figure that out. How to get letters onto fabric? Well, one way is to use sticky back foam letters that were purchased for $1 from Target some time back. I took a gamble that they would work and ended up more than satisfied. The thickened dye seeped under the letters just enough to color the white fabric that remained from printing the same screened design twice on the same piece of fabric. The tree design was applied to the screen with blue school glue gel and rather than thickened dyes I used textile paints on the screen. Why only a detail? The reveal isn't until the week of April 24Th. Besides, I'm not sure if I'll even use this beginning for the challenge.

So, if you've heard about the 7.2 earthquake in Mexico yesterday that was felt in CA you  might wonder if this area shook as well. Yes it did! I knew from the rolling of it that we weren't in the epicenter but if the rolling didn't stop when it did I think there might have been considerable damage here. The floor looked like waves.  The wind was starting to blow around the fabric I was working on and I was reaching for the button to close the garage door when the earth started moving. My but that's a strong wind!  The rolling lasted about 45 seconds and a few things fell but happily nothing broke. It's believe that we what felt was around 5.1 which is enough to get our attention. Rocking and rolling yesterday and strong monsoonal winds today.

Quote: as artists, we run the risk of staleness if we close ourselves off to fresh experience. Each day must remain an exploratory expedition. Julia Cameron


La Dolce Vita said...

wow! cal really keeps you on your toes!! I remember those earthquakes... not fun!
your letters are just spectacular!

queenopearls said...

SCHWEEEEET! I love the earthiness and so cool how the foam letters worked so well!
Glad ya'll are safe and nothing broken. Phew! "only" 5.1? Um..
Well, if you say so. Should I ever experience an earthquake, I'm thinking I'll be calling "personal soiling"!!!

Anonymous said...

I just love the look of orange and green together- so warm and lovely. The work "PASSAGE" is so positive. It implies growth and even acceptance. WOW Gail.
I'm glad you are safe. I've only experienced a few minor earthquakes in my life. I figure it must be like giving birth- completely out of one's control.

Doreen K. said...

Gail, So glad to hear of Rogers good progress.
Love the sneak peek, can't wait to see the whole thing.

ART*ticulation said...

Very kewl but as you know I love ALL your art!!!!