November 2012 Archives

Water Soluble Stabilizer

Most of our embroidery projects incorporate some sort of backing or stabilizer. This is usually placed behind the fabric (or paper, or plastic!) that the project is meant to be sewn onto. Water soluble stabilizer allows you to sew without a substrate, (ie cloth, paper, etc) and instead create an object that exists on its own in space. It occupies a strange place between sculpture and drawing.

First: a cross stitch pattern provides stability, weaving a new piece of "cloth," providing structure for the image

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Here is the final product, before I dissolve the stabilizer:

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And after a dunk in the sink. Dark because it's still wet.

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Wacom Cintiq

I'm pretty sure I pronounce this incorrectly, but it is still one of the most important, popular, fun, and EASY components of our lab. The TWO large Wacom Cintiq monitors we have are popular because the are extremely simple to use...and beautiful to boot. Pressure sensitive, the Cintiqs allow you to draw straight onto the screen and achieve some wonderful line qualities (thicker where you press down harder, thin where you only lightly touch the screen, etc)

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Fall 2012 BFA Show!

Last week we cut vinyl for the title wall of the BFA show, which is officially OPEN starting today! It looks great, so be sure to check it out.

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Also thanks to members of that group who streamlined our transfer-tape application process. By rolling a metal tube along behind the transfer tape roll, it goes on a lot smoother and you don't have to mess around with a large piece that wants to stick to itself or not to the right place. Hurrah!

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And of course, don't forget the weeding!

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Update of the Horse project

David Gibson has sent a picture of the final form of his deconstructed horse project:

Horse, final presentation format.jpg

A detail shows the subject better:

Horse detail shot.jpg

positive and negative space with the Vinyl Cutter

"Weeding" is taking away the negative spaces, the pieces you don't want in your final image. These shapes can be stuck to a backing (plastic, wood, paper, etc) to create new patterns...or balled up and thrown away!

Negative space and weeding.jpg

The positive of the image remains on the backing, ready to be covered with transfer tape and transferred to the final destination.

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We stuck the image onto some painter's plastic and used the ultrasonic welder to make a pillow.

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scaryman...sewing onto hand made paper

An awesome first project by Cassie shows how translating a drawing to embroidery can create a definite (and in this case, creepy) mood.

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Her next project featured another drawing, this time of a girl hugging her knees.

She printed it onto that same handmade paper:

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Then she sewed the same image onto a strong floral print fabric. Very subtle and ghostly. This may not be the final iteration:

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Awesome textile artist Nike Schroeder

Living and working in Berlin, Nike Schroeder hand stitches portraits and scenes in vivid color. Check out the Railroad project and Fundamental Reports as well as the portraits to see some innovative use of thread, line, color, and texture. Thread is sometimes layered over watery paint for a compound effect.

Fundamental Reports

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The Shirt- embroidered cover for a photography book

The embroidery machine can handle more materials than you might think. Last week, Gao embroidered the title of her book on mat board using the "leather" setting on the machine.

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The project is an accordion book combining original photography by Gao with the words of a poem by Jane Kenyon.

Title page; The Shirt by Gao Hli Yang.JPG

In order to sew into a non flexible material, we taped the matboard to the embroidery hoop. The thread and action of the needle actually altered the surface structure of the matboard so that the letters are sunken along the edges but puff up in the middle.

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Public Arts Project-- Tomorrow!

Today Maddy cut text to use in her awesome public arts project "Tell Me a Story." Tomorrow she will bring her piece to five different places around Minneapolis.

Catch her near the U across the street from the St Anthony Main Theater from 10:30-12:30 or Downtown in front of the IDS Center (718 Nicollet Mall) from 1-3 pm.

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