A few years ago, I discovered the positive effects of hiking. On those many outings, I would carry my cellphone and chronicle the flora and fauna in my own backyard, so to speak. I wanted to share the images with others, so I started posting to Instagram.
After positive comments regarding my images, what was my next step? How could I reach a broader audience? Just by coincidence, I overheard a conversation about print-on-demand for fabric. This could be a perfect vehicle for sharing the natural landscape of my local park trail with others. Did I mention, I also consider sewing one of my passions?
In previous blog posts, I’ve mentioned using the lens of my cellphone camera to record my narrative in images absent of words. My visual diary is not hidden in a book locked with a key, its present for all to see.
My story is told to a wider audience through surface design on fabric. For me, it’s gratifying to share my talent to the world looking for an informed collective that appreciates my talent .
After researching various resources for print on demand, I selected Spoonflower for this endeavor. I’ve participated in design competitions with Spoonflower, but have not won, yet! My designs do not look like everyone else’s, and it’s a good thing because my visual diary stands apart from the rest. I like being unique…
My special place for creativity consists of books, yarn and fabric. I don’t favor one over the other because color, texture, and print are wonderful companions for me and each other.
Recently, I finished knitting a Long Cardigan designed by Jane Yu found in Noro Magazine Issue 15. Noro’s bouclé yarn,Kanzashi, creates a bouclé fabric reminiscent of the Chanel Jacket. Bouclé yarn is an uneven yarn of three plies one of which forms loops at intervals. Hence, French meaning “to curl.”
My long cardigan compliments the Cher Knit Dress by Style Arc Patterns. I’ve recently discovered Style Arc Patterns from Australia.
“Some things never go out of fashion. Jeans, the white shirt and the Chanel jacket.” – Karl Lagerfeld
Mobile Photography is the future of the art form. Discrete intimate and always accessible to capture a moment. – David S. McNamara
Photographs are said to preserve a moment in time, chronicle a piece of history, and refer to the ephemeral. Does the act of photo manipulation rewrite the history documented in the original photograph? I don’t use photos as a memory aid, but as a way to manipulate color, patterns and shape. I decided to co-mingle technology with textiles producing sticks-a-gogo Art Cloth.
For the last two years, I’ve produced images for surface design on fabric. Below are two examples, showing the original image and the resulting surface element.
Over and over, I keep asking myself the same question, “What am I good at?” Of course, this question does not refer to me as a person, but as an artist. I’m an accomplished knitter publishing free patterns on Ravelry. Out of necessity, I learned how to sew my first garment when I was eight years old, and currently I’m enrolled in the Fashion Program at Canada College located in Redwood City, California. Later in life, I studied Art History at the University of California, Berkeley. Fulfilling a life-long dream, and being the first in my family to graduate from college was bittersweet. But, “What am I good at?”
As a young girl, I enjoyed taking pictures with my father’s Kodak Instamatic Camera with plastic flash cubes. When my father started using the Polaroid Camera with the peel-apart color prints, I was hooked. I carried a Polaroid Pocket Camera everywhere I went. A few years back, I began experimenting with Holga plastic cameras. The journey which began with “red eyes,” instant color prints along with the double-exposure capability using 120 film, prepared me for the boundless creative options of the cellphone camera.
How could I take advantage of the beautiful art images I captured with my cellphone camera? In a world with digital prints on fabric, why not put my images on fabric? Better yet, why not sew with fabric which created a digital narrative of what I “see” as interesting.
These photos were sent to me by Virginia. Along with sticks-a-gogo Art Cloth, Virginia used the Yuya Dress pattern by Damar Studio. It is so gratifying to see my digital narrative take on a new meaning.
I was so excited to receive Sandra Betzina’s current Newsletter. What a wonderful surprise to read about sticks-a-gogo Art Cloth. I look so forward to seeing the fabric stitched up in one of Sandra’s designs.
What’s next for sticks-a-gogo Art Cloth? I’m ready to find out!
Well, last weekend was Artistry in Fashion at Canada College in Redwood City, CA. My first installation of sticks-a-gogo Art Cloth was well-received. One person said, “Your booth is really fresh and original.” Another mentioned, “Your work is original, and believe me, I’ve seen a lot.” I wasn’t sure “people would get me” and what I was trying to express until Sandra Betzina, said, ” You’re on to something, keep it up.” I don’t usually like to name drop, but in this case…Why not!
Here are the first of my new collection:
Sticks-a-gogo Art Cloth is exploring other avenues for fabric substrates. Leather may be added to the collection. How exciting! I’ll keep you posted, or follow sticks-a-gogo on Instagram.
What started as a casual meeting during a presentation Christine was giving at Canada College Fashion Department, has become a friendship. A friendship which recently blossomed into a professional collaboration. Christine Groom of ZigZag Designs and me, Mary Lou Fall of sticks-a-gogo Art Cloth are collaborating at Artistry in Fashion on September 28, 2019 from 10-4 pm at Canada College located in Redwood City, California.
I am so excited to share one of our collaborations.