*Edited 10/3/11 to include the name of Carolyn Griffin's pattern, Crossroads...see below.
I'm so backed up in my blogging I'm embarrassed...but what can a girl do? I'm working toward more balance in my life and that may mean delays...guess it is time I accept I'm not super human!!
Back on Sept. 15th I had the privilege of going to Marsha Derse's studio and her home. Marcia is a fascinating person. Her "artistic" process seems to mirror her creativity and willingness to play and stay open to that creative process.
(the faces are blocked because I didn't get permission to photograph them and I don't have time to call everyone today :)
Marcia took some "ready to dye fabric" and used a paint brush to cover the fabric with paint. She then put her finger through the paint to create the grid...then wiped off the excess with a paper towel.
Next she used a plastic spoon to spread the second coat of paint.
The first layer shows under the second....very cool ay? There are many more steps of course, I just wanted to show you the basic process so you could see how she creates such beautiful fabrics.
Marcia is a re-purposer....a green gal....a bargain hunter....and a garage/estate sale enthusiast. Many of her tools and fun things in her home and studio come from her "green-ness"...for lack of a better word...LOL.
This is Marcia's studio inside her home. Check out the wall between two side windows...those are fabrics she has made. I think every one's eyes were glued to the wall when they entered.
This just so happens to be one of * Carolyn Griffin's quilt patterns, Crossroads. (make sure to check back...Carolyn is a great model in an upcoming blog post :)
While walking through Marcia's home, I filled my heart with lots of beauty and playfulness that I see as Marcia's style. To respect Marcia's privacy, I'm only going to show you some of the things I saw.
I just love this picture....read the caption below the photo ...well....below!
These are pieces that are on a stairwell.....it's like being in a very hip museum.
I received so many gifts that day. Not only was I invited to this wonderful tour but I was able to spend time with several wonderful women and Taylor and Lola got to join us (my sister and niece). I felt delight in my stomach because Marcia's process is so open and free....she seems to give herself permission to play and see what happens. What an enormous gift for me....I typically don't allow myself those freedoms and I am always saying "I'm not an artist." After reflecting later in the week I can see my talents differently. I am a very creative person and I love to be playful....and I've not given myself permission to enjoy my gifts because I was hung up on the word "artist." Permission to play and see what happens....an amazing gift...Thank you Marcia! (check out Jean's 3-part blog post on Marcia studio tour....we were both there.....it is an excellent read)
Jean calls a "Derse Purse" (pattern is actually called Carmel) MJ set me up well with her Bernina 820....talk about sewing in high style....I felt like a gal about town!
Sewline Air Erasable Roller Ball Fabric Pen....a funny story about that at the end.
And here is my "Derse Purse"....I'm in love with it. I even walk more proud when I'm carrying it. I learned so many things while making this purse. MJ and I thought the pockets were flat on the inside and would not be open enough to hold the things I carry and remove them easily. So I made the pockets on the other inner panel extra long and sewed puckers into the bottom so the pockets would provide more room.
Now the funny story about the Sewline Fabric Pen:
I used some long white paper to draw out my pocket design. I laid all the things that I wanted pockets for on the paper and drew around them. Smart ay? LOL Since I had used the Sewline Fabric Pen to mark the basket weave design on the outside of the bag it was laying right there on the table. I used that pen to draw out my design. The next morning I looked everywhere for the pattern I had drawn. I could not find it anywhere. I picked up the long white papers I had laid on the chair and no design. Well I was so tired of looking and I was complaining to MJ about being absent minded when it dawned on me.....the ink disappeared....just like it is supposed to. I laughed my butt off. I know I've blogged about how much I like the Sewline Fabric Pen....you won't believe it unless you use it....it is really all that and three bags of Frito's!