23Feb/130

Finished “Golden Ring”

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After much painstaking precise block printing work by me.....and then the trying to cover up where I messed up, the border was finished for this piece.  Here is Golden Ring.....since it's the wedding season here, I thought of how much effort and emotion goes into all the searching for the right person, the planning for the wedding, the doing of the wedding for three days, and then the families being married to one another.  This is about that effort to get things right

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23Feb/130

Fashion Fusion Garments Are Being Made Too!! Hooray!

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I looked over at the master next to me on the table and saw that he was making a Sermarr/Jaykirti fabric design....and then I looked over and he was making another one!!  This is great fun to see.  I don't know if it's easier for the masters to do this more free form style of printing or not, but it sure looks better when they do it.....more consistent than when I make it as an art work.  Guess that makes sense.  Here are three things being made....roses, with non traditional colors such as I used in one of my pieces; the Organic Blue Stone design, and finally at the end of the day, the All Hands piece I used on Family Tree.  Jaykirti's block workshop 5 DSCN3627DSCN3626DSCN3633DSCN3634 DSCN3635DSCN3636

23Feb/130

Red Hot! Jaykirti’s Shop Goes Into High Gear

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Today the workshop was really humming.  All these different fabrics and designs were zipping by as I worked on my pieces.  Here are some of them And I want to tell you, having tried it, getting those straight lines straight from block to block so the line is perfectly straight is unbelievably difficult...and they do it pretty fast.  amazing.  There are a lot of garments being readied for the fashion exhibition in Delhi in one week.  Jaykirti takes a fair number of garments and hopefully will sell most of them and get a lot of feedback on her designs.  In India chiffon is used for stoles as it is very light and keeps the sun off.  A fabric we don't use much in the States where women don't wear stoles/shawls in the summer as much.

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22Feb/132

Chock-A-Block with Blocks!!!

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So, here they are...all the blocks fresh from my trip.  Now they go into the mustard oil to soak so they can take all the washing that they get after use.  There are nine:  Baby's head, my shadow, my Grandmother Mattie Horne, DNA, a wonderful tree from San Francisco (which was the most expensive due to the intricacy of the carving), my Sermarr logo, a row of tiles, an elephant handler thing from the museum, my foot, and two roof vents from San Francisco.  So of course I gave him some new ones.  I told him that he was getting rich and I was getting poorer.  After Hari translated he laughed and handed me back the money I had just paid him.  I, of course, laughed and gave it back to him with a bow.  However, it's not true that I am getting poorer...in money yes, I will bring back nothing but blocks because that's what I can afford.  But I am so much richer for the experience of seeing these made and meeting the craftsmen and of course for getting to use them in my art.  Here they are...enjoy

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22Feb/130

Visit To The Block Maker’s Shop…Hooray!!

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So the days have been accomplished and the block maker would have my nine....yes, nine....blocks ready.  So off we went.  I have a call-a-cab company who has a driver, Hari, who can speak English and who knows where the block maker is. So I have his phone number in my cell phone and call him to arrange to go.  A lot of the block makers and the block printing is done is a mostly Muslim section called Sanganer which is about 40 minutes away from here.   It's a great drive because I get to see so much of the city outside my suburb.  The sights and sounds are amazing to experience on this drive.  So they were doing the final touches...The carving had been completed but then then are on this big block of wood, a cross section from cypress or cedar or something like that.  In fact, a lot of the price is determined by how big a piece of wood they need to use to carve the design.  Unfortunately or fortunately for me, all the ones I take fill up one piece of print out paper because we take out thumbdrives to get printouts at the CyberCafe where they print full frame one sheet filled print outs.  But that is actually the size I most want to have...it's a little bigger than hand size and so fits on the mostly 6 feet tall by 4 feet wide fabrics that I'm using. So here are some pictures of the block makers' tools-a lot of different sized ends for varying amounts of detail.  They hammer these with a length of wood that is about 1.5 inches square onto the design which has been laid out on a cross section of wood.  So mine were all through.except for the finishing work where they free the block from the cross section it's carved into...so that's what he's doing with a huge blade, very fast, and then they drill holes in the block for expansion in the winter/summer......except...wait...the baby's head had been carved with too much hair (like a little boy with a new haircut), a frowning mouth, no nose, and eyes that were just round balls. (this So I worked with Raju, who is the head of the shop, to fix precisely the hair and mouth and put highlights into the eyes.  Hari translated a little for me, but sign language works pretty well here.  The eyes got just the right light highlights in them because Raju worked with a bow drill for the precise placement of the tiny marks I made for him to copy.  I have never seen a bow drill in action...this one fits into a hole on the side of their wood hammering piece...and presto after about twelve hair cuts and some mouth surgery and some eye light implants, the baby was perfect.  I really like working with Raju as he has great talent at block making, a huge smile and infectious can-do attitude.  Devena spotted his shop as we were out and about going to look at block printing shops.  And he was a find. I am only going to show the shop here.  Stay tuned for the next blog post where I will show you the final pieces.  I'm not sure how many pictures each post will post.

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22Feb/130

Heads Or Tails….You Pick!!

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And on my way home today was the perfect duo...photographically and metaphorically perfect.  DSCN3612 DSCN3611

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22Feb/130

Another New Piece Showed Up: “Golden Ring”

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And sure enough...out jumped a part of another one.  This also has a lot of block printing in it.  Don't know exactly what it's about right now...but it relates to all the weddings going on and the chance/research/work that goes into getting one that work right over time.Golden Ring 3 Golden Ring 2Golden Ring 1

22Feb/130

Santa Fe Design Included in Jaykirti’s Workshop Today

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Today, as usual, they were turning out these beautiful designed fabrics.  And I saw this one on the table.  Sure looks like  Santa Fe design/Mexican design/Other ethnic Caucasus design.  DSCN3574 DSCN3579DSCN3577

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22Feb/130

New PIece Emerged Like Lightning: Named “Family Expectations”

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This just poured out like liquid fire.  All the pieces just came together so fast.  And there is a lot of block printing in it...the yellow background is a beautiful flower block...the purple borders are also a beautiful "feather" design edge.  And of course, there is my head block...just standing on my head in this one.DSCN3571 DSCN3573 DSCN3572

21Feb/130

Two Women Hard At Work: A Handworker and A Headworker

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Every day I walk past this huge building being built and I've shown you the workers moving the sand and now I finally have a picture of the woman moving the bricks...headful by headful.  And someone took a picture of me hard at work making my piece of art...handful by handful.  There's something profound about this, but it's hard to articulate.  I guess we do the best we can with what we have.jaykirti's block shop 1 woman with bricks on head

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