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Shakerag’s 5th & Last Day

June 28, 2008

This is the final day of Kerr Grabowski’s workshop on Deconstructive Screen Printing. Above is a final piece by Veronica Hofman-Ortega; printed, over printed, and over printed again with Thiox and turquoise dye.

Emily Starr’s final table.

Jo-Marie Karst used an extruder to draw with thickened dye onto screen, then printed.

Jason Romero’s sarong dyed red by submersion and then painted with thiox and turquoise dye.

Erin Talevich’s dyed dress.


I put the screen from the image on the left, into the sink to clean later and walked away. When I cam back in 20 minutes it was covered with splatters of water, and drops of turquoise and yellow dye from other peoples’ cleaning. At least I had the savy to grab it and print it for the image on the right. Should we call it a collaboration?

Day Four at Shakerag

June 27, 2008

Emily Starr

Eryn Talevich

Veronica Hofman-Ortega

Mine –

This is a screen made by screening thickened dye over wrinkled paper and oval stencils. Then printed. The screen is prettier than the print. That happens.

Shakerag Day 3-A Picture’s Worth a 1000 Words

June 26, 2008

Hopefully there are not too many pictures, but everyone is doing such interesting work and each person’s is so different.

Kerr is demonstrating how to apply different media directly to the silk screen; Crayola Washable crayons, Caran d’ache water soluble crayons, crayola washable markers, and charcoal.

Printing of the various media using textile medium.

Similar technique by Veronica Hofman-Ortega,

Jo-Marie Karst,

and myself.

The bottom half of this picture is a drawing done on the top of the screen with a syringe filled with black thickened dye and the printed.

This is similar, but the screen was also painted with thickened dye colors before printing. Done by Diane Arthur.

Diane Getty has done a drawing on a screen in preparation for printing.

Jason Romero dyed a silk scarf yellow green leaving blank spots that he is “coloring” in with charcoal.

Shakerag Workshop – Day One

June 23, 2008

Today is Day One of a five day Deconstructive Screening workshop I’m taking with Kerr Grabowski at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, in Sewanee, TN. Click here for descriptions of Shakerag Wokshops.

Already it’s an intensive day. We’ve made at least two screens, by applying thickened dye in some pattern, to a silk screen, letting it dry and then screening clear or lightly colored dye thickener (sodium algenate) through the screen; repeatedly until all the dye is gone. Each pull is different but still the same!!

This was the first screen made with bubble wrap, a doilie, and a mesh bag.

This was part of it printed on newspaper

First project, multiple printings

Second project – screen made with plastic fencing, large bubble wrap, and a glue gun. This is just the beginning. Tomorrow, I hope to apply other techniques to the two pieces.

Camping in Texas

October 20, 2007

We’re just home from a camping trip in Texas. Lots of pretty pictures. Texas is a great state. Lots of history and beautiful and diverse history. But it was hot.


Wonderful old courthouses. The top one is in Decatur and the lower one is in Goliad


Every door knob at the Goliad Courthouse was like this. I would adore having just one of these on my own front door.


If you want to be bored with someone else’s brilliant grandchildren, go here


When returning close to home we drove through some turbulent thunder storms. It’s always good to see the rainbow at the end.


Rolling Hills and Farms

June 29, 2007



This is the third and last post in reference to the Wisconsin trip, but I just had to share the picture-postcard views of the rolling hills and old family farms in both Wisconsin and Eastern Iowa, along the Mississippi River. More quilts!!!











June 27, 2007



As I mentioned on the Towns Along the Mississippi, we drive into lots of little towns just to see what we can see. So we stumbled upon this Grotto at the Holy Ghost church in Dickeyville, Wisconsin. It was built by Father Mathias Wernerus between 1925 and 1931. In reading a brochure I was glad to learn that he had help from parishioners but nevertheless, we were overwhelmed with the magnitude of his endeavor and the patience that it must have demanded. Any mosaicer or quilter of small pieces, should be fascinated.


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Towns Along the Mississippi

June 25, 2007



Just got home from another boat buying trip; this time to Wisconsin. We visited towns along the Mississippi River both going and coming and driving back and forth across the river. It seems that most men, when they travel by car, like to get in, and go with out stopping. Not Harry the Architect. He drives into every town, large or small, to see the old residential architecture, to see main street, and to see the river front. How did I get so lucky? I love doing it too. The picture above is of Main Street in Hannibal, MO.

Here’s a little building in Quincy, Illinois




And here’s a house in Keokuk, Iowa. We’ve never seen stones laid up this way!


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A building in St. Donatus, Iowa, an old historic Luxembourger village on the Historic Register.




It was too hard to get good photographs of Dubuque, Iowa. The city is on a very high, very steep hill down to the river. This is an old pedestrian “elevator” car.




A front porch that I couldn’t resist photographing. If I were a painter, I could ignore the porch pillar.




Flower planters beside a walkway and stairs. I don’t remember where.




This sign was in a store window in another little town. Reminds me of the casualness of here at home.




And of course, we had to visit Taliesen; The home of Frank Lloyd Wright by Spring Green, Wisconsin.



Surface Design Association Conference

June 5, 2007




I’m just home from the SDA conference in Kansas City. I took a workshop from Lori Glessner, entitled Experimental Drawing. It was a real push, but fun.

There was so much going on – workshops, demos, lectures, exhibits. Thursday night was the opening of the members show. 212 pieces, each measuring 52″ x 18″, were hung along the walls and from the ceiling. It was a real crush of people and I went back the next day to really see it and photograph it. What diversity.




Here is my friend, Mary Alice Hearn standing by her piece. I don’t think she realized it, I didn’t until I edited my photos, that her piece was one of the ones chosen to decorate one of the cakes at the champagne reception celebrating SDA’s 30th birthday.






People were wearing their art wearables:



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And even dyed their hair. This is Pat Hodson from the UK who did a demo.




Friday night was the gallery tour plus it was Kansas City’s First Friday Gallery Walk, so it was mobbed. It was also the night for the trunk show.




Plus, I have to get in another picture of windows.




Home Again

May 14, 2007



So, I’m back home from a mighty fast trip to Arizona and we’ve returned with this boat. Would that there were cactus in the background, but it’s Salt Canyon. I’d rather have brought the boat owners’ dog home with me!



When on trips, I can usually find some “fibers” along the way. This trip was just too fast and boat focused. BUT – we did work in a tour of Taliesen West and I loved it. I’m sure you’ve seen lots of pictures in many publications but I have to share three of my favorites.

The Bell Tower:


The Living Room:


And this clay pot for which a hole was cut in the window. A wider shelf couldn’t have been made??? Another of Frank Lloyd Wright’s eccentricities.



On our way back home we had to stop in Pie Town NM for lunch and pie, of course, at the Pie-O-Neer Cafe. Yes, pie is my favorite desert.



The day’s selection:


And here is Kathy, the owner with a chocolate, almond, coconut pie that was heavenly.


So who’s pies are better, Kathy’s or Cookie’s? You’ll just have to do some traveling and try them yourselves.