29Jan/140

Made An Organic Vest

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In the afternoon I worked on making a vest.  I wanted to use some of the beautiful flowered blocks that Jaykirti specializes in.  And I wanted to use rocks too.  So first I printed the front with a lovely curling delicate outline and printed an irregular  rock pieces on it.in red.Then the back was printed with a more robust but still curling vine outline and then different rocks in red and purple were overprinted in the middle of the back..Here's my long piece of granite sticking out of the bucket where the blocks go to be washed up when they're finished being used.  If Jaykirti had been using these blocks, there would have been more overlays into the outline but I like using just the outline…and I'm really not skilled enough to perfectly align the interior blocks and make it look good.

.DSCN8170 DSCN8169 DSCN8168 DSCN8171   And then, I was tired.  Moving these rocks around doesn't seem tiring when I'm caught up in the midst of doing the design and printing, but after doing it for most of the day, I'm tired tonight.

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29Jan/140

Workshop Beauty and How To Pin

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Today the workshop was hopping again.  The embroiderers were working on a gorgeous toned piece of material; Masterji was printing some elegant vases with flowers.  And I was busy pinning down my next piece of polished cotton, about two meters long, for the next jacket experiment.  I will tell you how and why you pin it down.  In order for the block to "bounce" lightly on the material, the underlayment is a bunch of layers of jute and then two top cotton cloths to absorb the dye that comes through the material.  In order to have the material lay flat, and not have to iron it, it is pinned down all around it.  Each pin is inserted with the point toward the center of the table, kind of like you put a tent peg in pointed toward the tent.  First the corners, then the narrow sides which is the way the long threads of the material are stretched pinned and pulled tight.  Then each long side is pinned tight.  Each pin is pinned about four inches apart.  When it's finished, the cloth is smooth and wrinkle free.  And your thumb gets a callus from pushing in these pins over time

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29Jan/140

Made Fern Jacket Today Using New Blocks

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I had some fern leaf blocks made for a friend who wanted them.  I broke them in today experimenting with a new design for a jacket.  This was a very labor intensive thing to make, even though it doesn't look that way.  First, I used a white tile "treasure" from last year  that has a small square cut out of it…so it makes a geometric, but not perfect, design.  Using the top two teeth, dipping them lightly into the dye, then dragging my finger through it makes it very light and very distinctive…and then using it repetitively over and over till it looks like small feather strokes or some kind of a protective armor….then I used this beautiful fern tile to put some red elegant ferns on it…see what you think  These are much more Western colors…really Western; when I finished it, I realized I had made red, white and blue...

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28Jan/140

Making A Jacket….Rock Printing

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I love working with these rock pieces…it is helpful that most of the ones I am using are small and therefore don't strain my hurt arm.  Also I don't have these at home…only about 5 that I had blocks made of when I was here last year.  Today the block maker came and he had made the blocks that I wanted made.  Two are of some objects I use at home that are hard to manipulate and in block format will be much easier.  There is still a little more work to be done on them but they'll be finished soon.  Last year when I was here, I was amazed to learn that the block makers can make anything from a picture or impression of an object that you take them so I had a bunch made.  This year I am having a few more made.

So here is the jacket I made; it has all the colors of the rainbow…the rainbow that I like…fortunately, Jaykirti also like the same colors/tonalities that I do.  It looks kind of Easter Eggy to me but who knows what it will look like when on my body and trimmed in a color.  It surely was fun to make…and it's not NYC black, for sure.

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28Jan/140

Made A Dress….Rock Printing

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I've been working on making a number of variations on my basic patterns…today I made a dress.  I used the rocks that I gathered last year from the construction sites around here (to be called "treasures" and Jaykirti saved them for me)  The rocks were used as a bed beneath sandstone/marble that was being cut by electric saws…these leaves the rock bed pieces scored with slashes which make the most interesting designs.  So I got into this very transparent blue and yellow.  and as I progressed it was clear that it was going to be a dress not a jacket.  On the back panel there is a kind of running figure in yellow and all the rest is motion oriented.  On the front are contour lines made by lining up the rock slashes and printing them directly onto the lines continuously and varying the direction slightly to make the line go where I want it to.  In addition , I discovered that I could have each rock print have a painted look by swiping the rock across the paint in the way that I wanted the paint to go, horizontal or vertical or with an upward swoop, etc.  so here's what showed up.  And Jaykirti's tailor will now finish it and make it beautiful

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28Jan/140

Workshop Humming

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Here are some updates on what's going on in the workshop.  Jaykirti and Masterji are trying out some new blocks and designs.  See how it looks when the blue is overlaid with a green…all lined up by the Master…this is not easy to do.  I took a picture of one of the blocks to show how intricate the flower designs are.  This is just the outline block…the others, usually three more, would fill in and highlight different parts of the flower on each successive pass.  Perfectly aligned.

The embroiderers are working on elaborate beautifully stitched saris.  The gold and silver designs are made by cutting hollow thread into small pieces and then putting the needle through each one and sewing it down.  You can see the bunch of golden thread; this specialty thread comes from the thread store which we all visited a number of blogs ago.  And one of the employees tried on the blue sari they were working on...

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28Jan/140

Visit To Fabric Store

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Today in the late afternoon, Jaykirti and I went to the fabric store.  She needed things for her workshop.  I needed to be saturated with the color and overall glory of it.  And to buy some silk and linen for some clothes I will have made here…I will have a whole new wardrobe when I get back. Opera, here I come.

So here is the store…get ready…all these silks and brocades and  over the moon golden woven things.  Made me start spinning just to be in it

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27Jan/140

Full Colored Indian TV

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Yesterday I watched some Indian TV.  OMG it is just enough color to make me happy.  I watched a Bollywood movie with singing and dancing.  My favorite one was the scene where the hero and heroine are dancing in front of some dressed up guys with huge peacock feather tails spread.  I thought it might be one of the gods, but Jaykirti said no, it's just fantasy.  And then I watched Dance India Dance which is an American Idol type thing where duo dancers present their dance and the judges/guests etc talk to them.  The dancers were fabulous with lots of breakdancing. Then I watched a historical program which has a muslim king and a bunch of women who look mean or sweet and I can tell nothing about the plot.  They do a lot of full face to full face scenes where you know the actors are supposed to be looking at one another but they don't talk and nothing is said, just some Hindu music goes on.  But their costumes are gorgeous.DSCN7986 DSCN7990 DSCN7991 DSCN7993 DSCN7994 DSCN8003 DSCN8008 DSCN8007  So here are some pictures in living color, in case you haven't seen any Indian TV

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27Jan/140

Making A New Coat

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Today I got  the sleeve pattern to add to my simple vest/coat pattern so I made a coat to try it out   The vest has been stitched but I will wait to show you the two or three after this is all finished.

So first I pin the material down with pins at all side so it is  taut…I am using polished cotton which has a wonderful weight and feel and the sheen on it gives an extra something to the design.  Then I make around it and then go to work with blocks/stones to apply the design.  This time I decided to put down a small striped horizontal pattern in red.  Matching these lines so they look continuous is very difficult so Mastergi did them for me.  Then I used my rock cache from last time to add some designs for the back and then hand painted over them…A red border ail be added around the whole thing to make it look finished and to provide the frame.DSCN8033 DSCN8036 DSCN8042 DSCN8038 DSCN8046 DSCN8047 DSCN8049 DSCN8048DSCN8064

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27Jan/140

Workshop Busy Today

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The workshop was humming today.  Mastergi was printing away, I was printing away on the other table, the tailors were sewing as fast as possible, Jaykirti was dealing with customers and the dyer came to get material and instructions for dying new saris….

Here is a brief look at a bright flowered fabric that was printed….and the worktable cloth underneath afterwards.  The dye goes through the material its so thin and then leaves a mark along with all the marks from the previous marks to make a gorgeous kaleidoscope cloth.  I am going to take them home with me and use them in pictures.

Also I am showing you some finished products put out on the roof to dry in the now present sun.  It has begun to warm up now.  So I wore three shirts today, not five..DSCN8051 DSCN8020 DSCN8023 DSCN8066

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