More experiments in paper and fiber


Confluence, 74 x 37 inches. Reclaimed cotton and polyester sheets, found papers, thread, ink, acrylic paint. ©Deidre Adams, all rights reserved.

In May, I started some new work combining fabric and paper. I wrote about by process here. I have several of these in progress, but now that I’ve got a second one finished, it’s officially a series. This piece is currently on view at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder as part of the exhibition “75 — A Celebration of New Works in Fiber.” The exhibition was accompanied by several events which I’ll post about shortly. 

Detail view of Confluence:


Confluence, detail.  ©Deidre Adams, all rights reserved.
2017-10-15T16:14:28+00:00 August 27th, 2017|Art, Fiber / mixed media|2 Comments

Lost and Found


Lost and Found, 40 x 40 inches, acrylic and mixed media on panel.  ©2017 Deidre Adams

I finished several paintings a couple of months ago, but because of one thing and another, I’m behind in posting them. Here is Lost and Found, done in a more impasto style than I usually use. I had a jar of silver paint that was drying up, and the process of trying to use it became very physical as I had to fight with it. I found that rather enjoyable, as the physical struggle became an outlet for some emotions. I let myself be a little looser with things I might normally try to smooth out. I’m liking the end result as well. 

 Lost and Found, detail.  ©2017 Deidre Adams 
 Lost and Found, detail.  ©2017 Deidre Adams
2017-10-15T16:14:28+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Art, Painting|1 Comment

Experiments in paper and fiber


Not Entirely Unfamiliar, 60 x 18 inches. Reclaimed cotton and polyester sheets, found papers, thread, ink, acrylic paint.

A short post today to show some recent work. I’m inspired by my collection of materials from various library and other used book sales. I’m also trying to use up old things I’ve had in my fabric stash and in the house generally that would not be of value to anyone. I brought out some old sheets from the closet and tore them into strips. They’re very soft and worn, and they take paint beautifully. The tearing process leaves lots of loose threads, and I’m loving those, too. 

I’ve been thinking about how to combine fabric and paper for quite awhile now. My process for this particular work started out spontaneously; just taking all these things on the table and starting to put them together, then follow where it leads. I’m thoroughly enjoying working with a collage process and limited palette. I have no specific end in mind whatsoever, and that’s always fun. I like to follow the unknown road.

A lot of the paper came from this Japanese book (I think it’s a novel but would appreciate any further insight):

 

Here are some detail shots:

 

 

2017-10-15T16:14:30+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Art, Fiber / mixed media|6 Comments