This past weekend I had the pleasure of taking a class from the amazing Larry Calkins. I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately and this was just the thing I needed. Larry has a very distinct style which he brings to the class but it in no way limits the type of work that you do. It is the techniques that he concentrates on, creating cloth that can be a piece of art in and of itself or a piece of cloth to be used in making something new.
I tried to do a bit of both, all concentrating on insects and birds as motifs. We started by coloring the fabrics using everything from liquid water color, instant tea and clay. Then we adhered images to the fabric using image transfer techniques, white glue and wax. From there we built up the collage, adding more images, stamping, stitching, using an encaustic pen, and other techniques brought by the students. Here are some photos from the class.
I’m really pleased with the work I came home with. I’m going to let it sit for a day or two and come back to it. I think that it does need an injection of color, beyond the red stitching that I’ve used. Maybe some silk scraps or images that pop.