Living Colour at Lincoln Theatre!!!

To continue from the post with photos of The Veldt, here are photos of Living Colour I took…

I saw Living Colour back in 1988 (I think), at The Brewery in Raleigh. It was a super great, but TINY venue for shows. You couldn’t do any better than that show!!! It was such an amazing performance… it felt like a HUGE rock show, at the same time a very INTIMATE one. It was well worth my eardrums taking a few days to recover!

My recent oversight, however…I didn’t realize that Living Colour was still releasing albums. Plus, being nearly 30 years later, I didn’t really know how well they would still sound! So, yeah… It turned out to be a highlight of my year! You’d never know it wasn’t still 1988 from this performance!!

Only two distinct differences:  Their new bassist is Doug Wimbish. And Corey and Vernon have considerably shorter hair cuts.

The talent in those guys is still immense. I wasn’t familiar with Wimbish, and I’m in absolute awe now. The spectacular sounds he gets from a bass is jaw-dropping.

Also jaw-dropping was Will Calhoun’s drumming and percussion. Just as Wimbish did, a roughly 7-minute segment was his solo, and time to demonstrate his range. I wish I could have gotten more photos of him drumming. That’s the unfortunate thing about photographing from the audience. He brought out an electronic, hand-carried drum at the end of his segment. It was a beautiful sound. And the joy on his face, playing it, was contagious!

 

The show was on Halloween (a Tuesday this year!!) at Lincoln Theatre.

I’m just practicing and having fun with an old camera… hoping to save up and justify my getting an updated one!

 

Collaboration with Carrie Knowles : “The Inevitable Past”

Carrie is a dear friend and a VERY talented writer and artist! I was really honored that she asked me to collaborate with her on creating a large-scale piece of artwork. This particular piece will be presented at a special exhibition at the Brisbane Institute of Art in Brisbane, Australia, November 11th – 24th.

That means I’ll have my work internationally viewed!! Ha!!

The exhibition pairs her writing with our visual art piece. I would never be able to do justice in describing her story, and recommend you read her synopsis of the story and the accompanying art in her own well-written words.  🙂

To summarize, the piece is to represent the DNA double helix, drifting as if in a breeze. The piece is a continuous 6.4 meter-long (~7 yards) piece of linen, that we worked on in my home studio. Dyeing a piece that large meant getting really creative in utilizing the limited space in my studio. We wound up dyeing 7-foot portions of the linen (the size of my work table), and then shifting the entire fabric over. It took several passes, and 2 days!

We first put soy wax down to represent a double helix image. I have never done batik on linen, and it was a fun experience, since it absorbs wax very differently than silk! Same thing goes for the hand brushed dye that we subsequently applied in shades of red, orange, and yellow.

I rolled the fabric up at the end of each day, and let it “steep” in its dampness. Working with linen meant I needed to use soda ash to activate the fiber-reactive dye, and keep it damp for 12-24 hours. It fortunately requires that I don’t steam it. Apparently, the steam would be bad for the linen. When I dye silk, I don’t use soda ash to activate the dye… as I found out in 2012, before my first fashion show ever, when the soda ash pretty much ATE some of my fabric; so as I took the fabric out of the washer, it literally fell apart in my hands!!!! Instead now, I steam the silk fabric to activate and set the fiber-reactive dye.  It works fabulously, and also removes most of the wax in the process!  Double awesome!

Well, I was super happy with the results of working with linen.  It has such a fantastic, heavy, earthy, but soft hand, and of course the soy wax left no stiff residue!!

If you happen to be in Brisbane, swing by the Brisbane Institute of Arts, and check out this exhibit!! Oh, and send me photos!!

P.S. Carrie has a new book, A Garden Wall in Provence. I certainly recommend reading this!

Work in progress shots…

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Close-up of the embroidered pieces…CarrieKnowles_7

Photos from the Raleigh Food & Wine Festival, May 21, 2017

I have always loved taking photos.  Recently, I’ve reached out, and have done some event photography!
Raleighwood Media Group invited me to take photos of their annual Raleigh Food & Wine Festival Sunday Tasting Event, that was held on May 21st at the beautiful and historic Melrose Knitting Mill.

Please follow the link for all of the photos.  Below are some previews.

Video interview of me!

Carl Tyer of Sound Images produced this cool slideshow video interview of me.  In it I discuss my background and my inspiration for this year’s line of clothing for the Redress Raleigh Eco-Fashion Show.
http://vimeo.com/98453136

Additional photography by Elizabeth Galecke Photography. 

 

A more proper Redress recap!

Whew!  I have been catching up with semi-cleaning the house, running errands, and taking naps since the Redress Raleigh weekend…. After designing for the Eco-Fashion Show on Friday, May 30, and attending the wildly-interesting and fun Redress Eco Fashion & Textiles Conference (EFTC) the next day!!

Elizabeth Galecke of Elizabeth Galecke Photography took these amazing photos.  She’s not only an incredible photographer, she’s a dear friend.

Same goes for Kristen Randall of Mood Swing, who made the naturally beautiful jewelry for the show!

Emily Kirchem of Edie Kaye collaborated on the final coral-motif dress!!

Hair & Makeup by Gia PeeblesS Davis Makeup Artistry, & Emonie Peebles, Aura Salon & BoutiqueDSC_5514

My SPECTACULAR (and super sweet!) models are (left to right):
Mollyann Russell, Nancy Tom, Lizza Igoe, Sarah Tector, Laura Wyker, Charla Hodges, Borys K. is standing in front of me, Lindsay K. Saunders, Madeline T., Rae S., Caitlin Palmieri, Colleen Ann Guest, and Emmie BanksDSC_5653DSC_5654DSC_5656DSC_5659DSC_5663DSC_5667DSC_5670DSC_5674DSC_5676DSC_5680DSC_5684DSC_5685DSC_5690DSC_5691DSC_5695DSC_5705DSC_5706DSC_5710DSC_5711DSC_5713DSC_5715DSC_5727DSC_5730DSC_5736DSC_5738DSC_5743DSC_5745DSC_5746DSC_5749DSC_5751DSC_5752

Sneak peeks at Redress work in progress…

Just the fabric, actually… the sewing for me is gonna come later!  🙂

Silk charmeuse for some bowties:
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Fabric for a dress, probably:20140322_150656

Fabric for a dress:20140325_162921

And some silk-cotton blend for bowties:20140325_162942

Belated Happy New Year!

Well, it’s been a bizarre start to the year!  Nothing to complain about, for sure! 

I’m working in my studio more and more these days, and determining some new shows and markets to take part in this year…. wow, you really have to plan wayyyy in advance for some!!! 

So, for now, here are some photos from the latter part of last year to see.
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People wearing my work…