1.28.2011

work table : cape coral foreclosure boro

I started in on the next Foreclosure Boro today, a glimpse into a neighborhood in northwest Cape Coral, FL. When I went to buy more of the linen I used for the last boro, it was all gone, argh. So I'm experimenting until more arrives with a deep navy blue linen. Bleaching it was interesting, there's a sudden turning point when it gives up all it's color. Here is the water rinse after bleaching. I loved the color and the little threads.


I managed to pull the pieces out just before they turned pale brown. One minute and poof. Yesterday the sun was out and the pieces dried in no time in the sun. Today, the fog had rolled in, brrr.


I like how the bleaching is imperfect, leaving little blotches of navy here and there. Maybe next time I'll tie the pieces into bundles for more of the effect.


Here's the general layout for this piece below. Larger than the last one, it will be 50" long when it's finished. I'm thinking about bleaching out the foreclosed lots, perhaps tearing into the cloth and restitching it. See the little navy bleached sample to the right? 


We shall see how it turns out. I'm looking forward to working a little larger. In the meantime, the large foreclosure quilt goes on and on ...

11 comments:

anastasia said...

the bleach photo is really quite pretty; it reminds me of lace and print, a really interesting inspiration.

Lari Washburn said...

this is going to be fantastic...dying looks so fun...last year I tried to dye some muslin with red cabbage boile down and strained...not good. I know nothing...apparently there are things called fixatives...haha.

Peppermint Pinwheels said...

Your photos are stunning! You make bleach dying look exotic. The first photo looks like it was taken at the beach in Cape Coral. And the linen drying in the sun is like something from North Africa. Love it!

kathrynclark said...

Thanks everyone! Fingers crossed, Lari, I'm new to it too. So far, so good!
If only I were off in some faraway land, Peppermint!

Kitty Kilian said...

I juast wish I could see all the work in your studio! Bummer.

kathrynclark said...

Ditto, Kitty!

karen said...

love bleached fabric. Have you ever tried discharge paste? that's really effective too.

Sophie Truong said...

Have fun! I love dyeing too - except when it weighs 300 lbs which is what antique quilts feel like once soaked... But it's well worth it.. Can't wait to see your finished piece.

Victoria said...

The bleached fabric looks fabulous!

arounna said...

how lovely
can't wait to see it finished
I remember 6 years ago seeing a boro show at the folk art museum in san francisco - I think you would love it.
do you know the work of dorothy caldwell. there are elements in her work that you would like. she is a local star in the textile medium

xxa

kathrynclark said...

Thanks for the tip, Arounna. I've never heard of Caldwell but instantly fell in love with her work!

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