Saturday, January 13, 2018

More from the Jerome Fiber Artist Project Show

I love the way my section was hung, thank you Tracy Krumm!

A few of Kristin's intriguing work. 

Eizabeth Garvey's clever work! During the grant year I got to learn about Elizabeth's process which was so interesting because it was so different from mine. 

Julie Hassler's very emotion work. I loved her embrace of her materials.

I used white,black, red tea, rose petal dyes and rust to create these works on cotton. If you zoom in you will see crewel and wire work. 

Friday, January 5, 2018


My favorite part of quilting is when all the layers are put together, and I get to start on the actual stitching.  When it comes to rusting and stitching..hmm they are on parr in my affections.  Having said that stitching into rust is a challenge and not the rhythmic, mediative stitching one experiences with quilting. You must stay focused , have sharp needles, a metal thimble and strong fingers!!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Studio Visit

There were many benefits to the Jerome Foundation Fiber Artist Project Grant in addition to the money to do my work. One such benefit was two studio visits from two well established artists Carolyn Halliday, you can see her website here, and Tracy Krumm her website is here. I can not say enough about these visits, they were so helpful to me. Looking at my work with all their experience and knowledge and sharing that with me one on one! I hope one day I can return the favor to an emerging artist.

I also was given a free years membership to the Textile Center ( a national center for fiber art), which I throughly enjoyed. They have so many events, shows, talks and classes through out the year.  I couldn't possibly attend all, but I had some favorites. One was a lecture given by Carolyn Mazloomi a Quilting Artist I have admired for years. Another was the town luncheon with the National Artists Advisory Council, it was wonderful to listen to textile art being discussed among such brilliant artists. The annual Garage sale of everything related to textile was amazing and will be a annual adventure for me from here forward. I very much wanted to meet with the natural dyeing group but they meet during my job hours. I was able to go to the Painting with Natural Mordant class....oh the possibilites

I was also given 3 consultations with the Springboard
of Arts ! These were so informative, I definitely recommend artists in Minnesota to use this resource.

Luchoen with the National Artist Advisory Council
lefrt to right: Carolyn Halliday, Pat Hickman,Mary Giles, Tracy Krumm, Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi

The piece behind them is a Tracy Krumm

There were four grantees in all this year ,besides myself there was Elizabeth Garvey, Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker, and Julie Hassler. Our monthly meetings were a joy an very beneficial in keeping me on schedule:) Thanks Ladies!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Rust & Dye

For this project I used rust and dye in several ways. Dye first, then rust, Rust first then dye and rust and dye at the same time or combination of all three on one piece.

Some fabrics that didn't make it into the final pieces

on the left the fabric was rusted then dyed,over all, in the center the fabric was rusted and selectively dyed, on the right the fabric was dyed then rusted.


Rusting iron is both good for printing and for weighting down the fabric/paper, and I have plenty of it!

2017, Thats The Way It Goes.

2017 was a interesting year for me, full of career successes and challenges. One of the challenges was this blog. I got behind, then lost my domain to goggle heaven and it all took time to get me here, trying to catch up. The completion of my first artist grant, The Jerome Foundation Fiber Artist Project Grant was my big success. 
My aim here is to blog from where I left off, covering the work done for the project, and the opening show. Regardless if anyone reads this blog or not( sorry lost readers due to domain issues) it will stand as a journal for me. For any artist starting out I highly recommend keeping a blog so you can see where you were and where you are now. Perspective is something artist are always thinking about in there work. A journal is an excellent way to keep perspective in your artist development.

So when I left off in May I was still experimenting with dyes, coming to the realization that there were too many variables and I would have to choose a few dyes if I were ever to finish. I choose rose petal dye, a lovely soft blushing red until it came in contact with the rust when it turned black. Turmeric which was shocking bright alone but mixed with the rust became a rich golden brown. I used tea of every color, white, black, create grays, blacks and caramel colors varying in intensity depending on how they were applied with the rust.

At this point I had also decided on the fabric I would use for this project. One series was to be done using Kuba clothe, a hand woven cotton clothe which is woven in a lose weave in strips of 5 inches then sewn together to make a whole clothe. I had purchased some while in South Africa but it most likely it was made in North Africa. It had been painted with mud but the colors were very faded after many years, although the clothe was still strong. I decided to pick it apart so I would have strips of 5’’ which would be perfect for this series. I then de-colored some or all of the remaining color.

I feel in love with the threads that were removed in the deconstruction process, i loved the memory in the thread which spoke of its previous use. All together it made a beautiful picture.

 Some I took all the color out. Some I left with color....should be interesting when dyed and rusted.