Just completed a batch of Katazome (stencil-dyed) pillows, which I’ll be showing in Art-A-Whirl this coming weekend (May 15-17, 2009). Art-A-Whirl is an open studio and gallery tour of Northeast Minneapolis featuring more than 600 NEMAA artists, including; potters, tile makers, painters, sculptors, musicians, photographers, glass blowers, printmakers, jewelry makers, textile designers and more! I’ll be participating through Castle Building and Remodeling, Inc., 2600 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418. Please stop by!
The prints behind the sofa are part of a 12-piece stencil-dyed calendar (on Kozo) by Serizawa Keisuke from 1971.
Today in between sewing pillows I went to see a show, entitled Communion, of Jon Coffelt’s clothing miniatures at Susan Hensel Gallery. (The links connect to the Fiberarts article on Jon and to Susan’s post about the show and the opening.) Seeing these hand-stitched miniatures, each with a story, stimulated my own memories of clothing. One of my favorite pieces in the show was a replica of a Pucci dress, made in ocher cotton, silk-screened with a psychedelic curvy black linear pattern. The dress style is from a 1971 (or so) pattern. I instantly thought of the Pucci outfit my sister made for my mom around the same time. The ensemble consisted of palazzo pants and a sleeveless tank, sewn from a wild, green and fuchsia watermelon cotton print. My mom had great taste in clothing, and really no need to sew since her mother and and 2/3rds of her daughters were handy with the sewing machine. After cooking supper for 8 each night, and raising 6 kids, mom preferred knitting, perhaps because it’s more meditative.
The sewing machine and I aren’t the best of friends, but from time to time I make a piece of clothing. After the show today I dug into my fabric trunk looking for a scrap of batik fabric from my favorite high school blouse, still good as new (the blouse is long gone). I think I wore this twice a week during my junior or senior year, between 1973 and 1974.
(Images below, left to right: batik with fish imagery; circa 1972, a sketch of the pattern as I remember it, and a bit of amateur Photoshopping — which can’t hold a candle to Coffelt’s hand-stitched replicas!
Batik with fish, purchased 1972-ish
The pattern wasn’t nearly this big. Each fish is about 2.5×3″ in the fabric.
Yesterday the 35th annual May Day Parade and Festival was held in Minneapolis, a creation of the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. This event inaugurates spring for many a Minnea-politan, and the day was glorious. After the parade, people enjoy a spring pageant in nearby Powderhorn Park.
A few more photos from my curbside vantage point….