Sticks-a-GoGo Art Cloth meets ZigZagDesigns

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.

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The Loretta Jacket is a pre-order and can be found at @zigzagdesignsbychristine and http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZigZagPatterns and the art cloth can be purchased at Artistry in Fashion or ordered through https://spoonflower.com/profiles/sticks-a-gogo_art_cloth

 

 

Block Printing

As the temperature rises, I’m reminded it’s Summer.  A linen blouse, crop pants, sandals and a ponytail pretty much describe my look for the season.  Comfortable clothes combined with the heat, and last but not least, barbecue ignite an intense creative curiosity leading me down an unknown path.  Perhaps I’m nostalgic for Summer days gone by when, as a young girl, the end of the school year meant staying up late and sleeping in, swimming all summer, making lanyards at my local Parks and Recreation Department or hanging out in the mystery section at the library.  Along the way, I loved biking through fields of flowers, racing with dragonflies, and collecting rocks.  A time and place I created for myself, the freedom to explore without any encumbrances.

My current Summer journey leads to an intense study of block printing.  Recently, I attended a block printing class at A Verb For Keeping Warm in Oakland, CA with Rebecca of Rekh & Datta. Rebecca shared a video of India, describing a brief history of  block printing along with the individual family that translates her designs to fabric.

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Photo credit:  Mary Lou Fall

Here is my first carved block .

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Photo credit:  Mary Lou Fall
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Photo credit:  Mary Lou Fall

I decided to separate the block into individual segments to experiment with pattern and design.

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Photo credit:  Mary Lou Fall

Much to my surprise, some interesting patterns emerged.  I feel fortunate to have the “time” to let my curiosity soar to new heights and discover amazing possibilities.

I used to think reminiscing about the past was not healthy, but I now believe my past is my present.  Looking back is not past history, and according to Sadie Stein, “As the deep vaults of history are made accessible to everyone via technology, the past has become an alternative present.”  Ms. Stein’s article appeared in The New York Times Style Magazine, entitled, We’re Living in a Copycat Culture, dated January 31, 2017.

“The past is never dead.  It’s not even past.”    William Faulkner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stitches Wednesday #4

This week is my favorite Binary Stitches© pattern by far.  The reversibility of all the Binary Stitches© makes this a very interesting journey.  Many times, I’ve wanted to knit a particular stitch pattern to find out the “wrong side” is just that.  Recently, a fellow knitter shared with me her experience knitting a shawl with slip stitches that didn’t look so great on the wrong side.  So here is #4…

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Binary Stitches #4©
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Here’s a current project using this week’s featured stitch.  The particular yarn I am using, Plymouth Yarn, Arequipa worsted 90% Superwash Merino and 10% Mulberry Silk highlights the stitch definition beautifully.

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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall

I’m not quite sure where I’m going with this…buttons, vintage trim or maybe even a zipper.

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Photo credit: Mary Lou Fall

Binary Stitches #4©

Row 1: *P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, *repeat across row.

Row 2:  All even rounds, knit stitches as they present themselves.

Row 3:  *K2, P4, K2

Row 5: *P1, K1, P1, K2, P1, K1, P1, *repeat across row.

Row 7: *K3, P2, K3, *repeat across row.

Row 9:  *P3, K2, P3, *repeat across row.

©2016 Mary Lou Fall

Intro To Block Painting/Printing

Today, before I venture out to do my inner core workout, I want to share my latest endeavor, “Block Painting.”  I’ve wanted to experiment with this technique for awhile, and decided to go for it!  Initially, the blocks were purchased to use with polymer clay, but after watching numerous YouTube videos, I decided to use fabric.  I also plan on using the eclectic mix of paint in my collection, before investing in the medium.

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Here are various blocks for borders, allover printing, etc.

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Remnants of a quilting project.

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I drew a grid on the fabric first for placement of the block.  Of course, the striped fabric may or may not be your choice, but I wanted to try it anyway.

Got to go to class…more to come.

Putting It All Together

The last few weeks, I’ve been re-exploring polymer clay and various surface design techniques.  Prior to beginning my self-directed discoveries, I made a list of surface design techniques I wanted to explore.  Adding texture using various tools before applying acrylic and Lumiere metallic paint is my favorite.

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The elements on the right and left are from the decorated sheet detailed in my last post, Pulled Pork and Polymer Clay, dated July 31, 2015.

Acylics and Lumiere Beads

I decided to decorate the surface of beads by applying elements from the various decorated sheets. You may ask, “Why do you like this particular technique?”  I like working with metallic decorated sheets because the metal adds a specular reflection (like having little pieces of mirror on the surface) quality to the surface of the polymer clay.  I find the dimensionality visually interesting, which emphasizes my free form approach.