Friday, January 24, 2014

Great tour for fiber artists...

 A chance to visit another part of the world and learn about the exotic fabrics, etc....

India Textile Tour of a Lifetime
Led by Textile Expert, Judy Frater 

Judy has been a curator at the Textile Museum of Washington D.C. and also received a Fulbright and Ford Foundation fellowship to study suf embroidery in India.  While in India, she formed a local textile artisans trust. 
Participants will join Judy Frater at her trust where they will learn embroidery, weaving, and printing.  In addition, Judy will travel with participants to explore the ancient textile culture in India.

The dates for the tours are October 13 – 26, 2014 and February 24 – March 9, 2015.  In Jaipur, participates will celebrate either the Diwali/Light Festival or the Holi/Color Festival.   The tour starts in Mumbai and ends in Delhi.  Other towns/villages visited are Bhuj, Dasada, and Ahmedabad.

There is a maximum of fourteen people per tour.  If you are interested, please contact Story of Travel and we will send you a complete itinerary. 
Contact: or phone 818 281-2387

Here’s what past participants had to say about Story of Travel’s Judy Frater tour.

"The whole trip was a very memorable experience.  The people in India are very gracious and warm. The guides were all very special in their attention to our desires and explaining endless questions. I wouldn't have traded the experience for anything." B.V.

“Our days with Judy have been great fun. They have been very full, informative, and relaxing. Learning workshops with the artisans have also been rewarding. The artisans were encouraging and supportive as they taught us their craft.  Judy took us to spots we would have never found otherwise. We also visited the homes of artisans. Seeing the absolutely stunning work of these artisans contrasted with their homes and villages made me appreciate their craft even more. I would not have changed a thing and highly recommend the week we spent with Judy. In addition, she was very warm and open about sharing what it's like to be a westerner living in India. A big two thumbs up for Judy!”
“The whole adventure with Judy Frater was excellent.  She is so dedicated, knowledgeable, amiable, really a “kindred spirit.”  All of her artisans were welcoming, friendly, and informative.”  J.C.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Exhibit coming up for all Florida SDA members....

Hello all,
Finally we have been able to get a confirmation for July/August, 2014 in Orlando Public Library to show off our talent. Beautiful big gallery in the main library in downtown Orlando.
Will meet them tomorrow and get more details to send out. If any suggestions, please post or e-mail or go to our facebook page...
Also would love suggestion for title of the show too...
Thanks and awaiting to hear from you all.

Friday, July 19, 2013

New Twists and Turns in Shibori

Spend three days, March 18th through 20th, 2011, at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Symrna Beach, Florida with art cloth artist Linda Dawson reviewing or learning for the first time some of the ancient shibori techniques. Then move these techniques into the modern era. Workshop will feature folding, twisting, clamping, pole wrapping and stitching utilizing both the old and new ideas in creating shibori. We will be utilizing cotton, silk, rayon, polyester, lame’ and any other fabric available with boiling water, mx dyes, discharge agents, wash fast acid dyes, soy wax, a * pot, a pleater, sewing machine, computer graphics program, professional fabric printing service and anything else that strikes our fancy. This workshop is designed with two objectives in mind. First, learn and experiment with techniques that will cause you to think out of the box and last, having big fun while creating art cloth. Below are some pictures showing ideas we will experiment with during these three exciting days.
clip_image002 The Producers a wall hanging shown on the left features flag folded and clamped shibori with dye remover to create a more interesting background.
Name That Color, an installation created for The Red Show held at Hillsborough Community College, features Silver Lame’ clamped and twisted to melt-off the metallic then over dyed with red wash fast acid dyes.clip_image004

This close up photo of Hate Speech is Killing America shows clamped flag folded shibori used to create the background on this silk broadcloth.

This series of photos shows what can happen when the shibori created in the usual pole wrapped manner is manipulated in a graphics program and printed by a professional service such as Spoonflower. The first picture was created in a workshop at Arrowmont with Anna Lisa Hedstrom. Picture two shows the colors altered in the graphics program before printing, photo three shows the lines of the shibori manipulated while photo five is the most remarkable change. The whole color shifted to the small amount of yellow in the original and the manipulation created gave the interesting digital electronic feeling of the cloth. It happened spontaneously and was captured before the manipulation was lost by further manipulation. The final picture was the last and shows altering the colors back to the blues of the original dye job.
The scarf shows a technique originally created by Carter Smith which features shibori with wash fast acid dyes and discharge. Simple process gives a very complex product.
The photo to the right shows an example of Aussie Shibori which I learned from Ken Smith when he first toured USA. This piece is done on silk habotai and gives a wonderfully complex pattern. Although the technique is easy and time consuming it does makes a wonderful whole cloth quilt.
The piece on the left is hand stitched and pleated shibori dyed in the indigo pot. It continues to age beautifully and will make a great background for machine embroidery and whole cloth quilting.
Last, the piece on the right is printed silk crepe from Spoonflower using the manipulated pattern shown earlier which was created using a scan of a shibori piece manipulated in a graphics program. I hope we will have internet access so those of you with lap tops can enjoy this experience.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Looking for Florida SDA members??

How about invite more artists to join our blog? If we all invite at least 2-3 friends, artitsts may be our blog will have some activity.
I would love to learn of different design ideas.  Hope to hear from all......

Friday, January 20, 2012

Can anyone tell me what it looks like? Don't know what I was trying to make but this is what I achieved.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011