Block printing & plans

The weather’s been nice this week so I’ve spent some time in my studio making some new printing blocks as well as doing some printing with dyes and paints. The shapes I used to make the above blocks are from the reject shop, 2 packs of peel and stick squares and circles, made for furniture legs. The square ones have an interesting texture too. The test prints shown are done with Permaset and I will over print them later.

I was so busy over the new year period that I didn’t make any resolutions which is OK but I’d like to do a quick review of 2008 and my goals for this year.

My intention was to spend 2008 concentrating on Procion dyeing and printing which I did but not to the extent I’d hoped. I did find that teaching the workshop this year helped increase my knowledge and confidence with Procions. Teaching is great because it makes you really focus on what is needed as well as all the research and preparation that I do. Since I’ve done that, I have renewed enthusiasm.
I’ll keep developing my surface design and dye work this year as well as more experimenting with breakdown printing.

Jane Dunnewold’s workshop at Fibres West was a highlight of 2008, no dye printing, but I did learn several new techniques and it was great to be with a group of people with a similar interest in surface design.

I didn’t end up entering any competitions or juried exhibitions but did take part in 2 exhibitions and have sold some work. I also wrote an article on heat transfer dyeing for Fibre & Stitch (online zine) and took part in an art cloth challenge (not sure what’s happening with that but will advise on further developments)
I’ve decided I’m not going to beat myself up about entering things, I will still aim to do as much as possible but without putting too much pressure on myself.

I finally finished Playways on the Net Module 2 and started Module 3 and I also took part in Sharon Boggon’s Take it Further Challenge but didn’t finish all 12 of them. I won’t do any more online challenges because I find them a bit distracting but I am doing a fabric surface design round robin this year, I’ve sent off my first layer already.

I managed to keep up with my walking program all last year and continuing this year so am very pleased with myself about that.

I kept up my blog and intend to carry on with it. I find it helps me stay on track and document what I do.

As well this year:
I’d like to do some contemporary quilts and try to get to some of the CQ group’s meetings .
Do some dressmaking for myself.
Travel, hopefully to Japan to visit my eldest daughter.

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  1. I know I have some of those peel and stick furniture glides in a drawer somewhere, leftovers from when I had tile floors everywhere. I can’t toss anything even when I no longer have a need for them and this is exactly why. What a simple idea to get lovely results.

    Removing the pressure is important. I’ve all but dropped entering juried exhibits and am lucky to have local opportunities which makes participating in any exhibit easier. I’m just not interested in spending the time and money to ship my stuff all over like I used to.

    Good luck with your intent for 2009. Like me, you sound like you have unfinished business from 2008 to keep you moving forward along with a bit of new direction. A good strategy, I think.

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