Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Playful Backgrounds

Check this out! It's so great. I'm really so taken up by everything one can do with paper, fabric and color! Man... I wish I went to art school :(


Monday, July 26, 2010

Block Printing Workshop

I went to a block printing workshop at Julie Kagti's studio - Sutra. They had Anjali, a trained block printer, give us an introduction to block printing, to the dyes and blocks,and to the process itself. Then we each got to mess around with blocks, dyes, and paper and fabric. It was great fun and very simple but painstaking work - depending on what you wanted to achieve. Precision and repetition - that's what it takes. And if you're someone who gets bored really easy it might be challenging.


These were on butter paper. This is one small square block. After a while I get tired of doing the same thing. Also becuase we only had a few hours to do as much as possible.

Nidhi showed us how we can make stencils out of paper and print over. I cut out paper in different shapes and tried printing over.
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This was on fabric.

Block Printing

I was onto something with the stencils... but this didn't quite turn out the way I hoped. Maybe with a smaller and more compact block the stencil shape would be defined better.



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This was actually my first fabric attempt and I really like it.

Getting those corners right


There's a technique for working on the corners. It takes a little getting used to. As you can see, one is better than the other.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My very first quilt top

Here it is!!!! Yaaay! My very first quilt top!!!! I still have to quilt it but I'm so excited.


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I used some old clothes for this actually. A friend recognized some patches:). As I was cutting up the clothes I remembered friends who were associated with each piece. I realize now that most of the fabric was gifted to me (as clothes). The pink printed fabric was a kurti from Latha who I worked with at Visthar. The dark orange-yellow border was a kurta from Airy whose husband was in my class at SAIACS. The red fabric is from a kurta that Poori, next to whom I spent three years of college, gave me.

The orange fabric with the stripes I associate with Pari my close friend from the University of Hyderabad. It was not a gift but I bought it when I was with her. We used to visit the exhibitions at Hyderabad and we absolutely loved the cotton. I remember when we bought this we also bought a black fabric with silver and red lines.

So, four fabrics and four friends. Four fabrics and four different places and times in my life. I sent a prayer up for each of them and I feel blessed to have them in my life.

The quilt that wasn't

So I got out some old clothes and cut them up into 5 and a half inch sqaures and decided to begin my very first quilt. I did not plan. I was going for a scrappy look.


Then I placed a few of the pieces differently and I saw that the colors could work so much better. So I abandoned this project. And I learned that its a good thing to plan your quilt from the start.
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