My husband and I are well stuck into our current isolation, and we’re glad our house is large enough to allow us to have our own spaces. Otherwise, we’d be tripping over each other. Of course one of my main spaces is my studio, where I spend at least a few hours each day.
If you think I’ve been sewing up a storm you’re wrong. I’ve been paper and fabric collaging, and finishing up two black and white pieces. Why collage? One of my studio clean up projects was to sort through pages ripped from magazines. That led to watching a few videos and then collaging on the blank sides of sketchbook pages. I also created more colored tissue paper to use up some almost empty bottles of Dylusions ink sprays. Some of the papers are lovely; others are a bit muddy.
Magazine pages really like to wrinkle when glued, despite smoothing with fingers and old credit card
I need to learn how to use acrylic paint better
Lay down a colored background before you start collaging as it’s hard to add after the fact
Already fused fabric is easy to collage and can be pried off with heat and moved around (something impossible with glue)
Here are my efforts to date.
I hope to improve my collage skills over the next few weeks, once I figure out the right glue(s) to use. Collages are good design exercises.
The black and white pieces I made with my mark making class output are also experiments. One is more successful than the other, but I learned from both.
Finally, I did make a few masks to have on hand for personal use. I’ve wavered about the whole homemade mask enterprise as I’m concerned many won’t be useable. Sewers respond generously to such requests, but there’s a lot of room for good intentions to go astray. Elastic doesn’t hold up well to commercial laundering. The proliferation of patterns is confusing to me. Some have a pocket for a filter. My local hospital prefers the masks be lined with flannel. Other hospitals want nose shaping wires sewn in.
I’ll see if requirements and need for masks change before I make more. As I usually do, I’m linking up with Off The Wall Fridays.