Happy May!

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 hillside quilt of blankets awaits bodies for the May Day Pageant.
A hillside quilt of blankets awaits bodies for the May Day Pageant.

A few more photos from my curbside vantage point….

Worm puppets
Worm puppets
Amazing bear puppets!
Amazing bear puppets!
Puppet
Puppet

Repeat Design Learning

This week I began pasting two table runner designs, as I had planned. Frustrations and learning followed. Designing repeats is a fascinating challenge, as is pasting them. One of the designs I created contains too much open area. It’s the one in the lower area of the photo below, a minnow repeat. I wanted to design something that would be fairly quick, as well as fun, to dye, and not too fussy to line up (register). It fits these criteria but has other problems. I struggled with the consistency of the paste, and the stencil pulled away from the netting while lifting the stencil due to the narrow curved areas and perhaps problems with the reinforcing step.

With the other repeat, which I designed as a four-way repeat based upon my little garden species Tulips, I am trying simple graduated stripes of indigo and teal as well as a three color treatment. As I test the marketplace with some of these katazome works in a couple of weeks, I realize that the runners will most likely not be ready to show. The physical results of my efforts this week may become samples, quilt bits, or journal material. Oh well — this is necessary learning and practice. I often bite off more than I can chew when I begin a creative project, but made a promise to myself that I would say “yes” to showing work more often. I am learning to celebrate all the stages of completion within the creative process.

Pasted runners

Mother Nature makes it look so easy.

Species tulips

Repeat Design Learning

This week I began pasting two table runner designs, as I had planned. Frustrations and learning followed. Designing repeats is a fascinating challenge, as is pasting them. One of the designs I created contains too much open area. It’s the one in the lower area of the photo below, a minnow repeat. I wanted to design something that would be fairly quick, as well as fun, to dye, and not too fussy to line up (register). It fits these criteria but has other problems. I struggled with the consistency of the paste, and the stencil pulled away from the netting while lifting the stencil due to the narrow curved areas and perhaps problems with the lacquering. At the very least I will need to re-lacquer it, and probably re-design it.

Runner close-up
Runner close-up

With the other repeat, which I designed as a four-way repeat based upon my little garden species Tulips, I am trying simple graduated stripes of indigo and teal as well as a three color treatment. As I test the marketplace with some of these katazome works in a couple of weeks, I realize that the runners will most likely not be ready to show. The physical results of my efforts this week may become samples, quilt bits, or journal material. Oh well — this is necessary learning and practice. I often bite off more than I can chew when I begin a creative project, but made a promise to myself that I would say “yes” to showing work more often. I am learning to celebrate all the stages of completion within the creative process.

Pasted runners
Pasted runners

Mother Nature makes it look so easy.

Species Tulips May 1st 2009
Species Tulips May 1st 2009