I've just returned from New Mexico where I had a fantastic time in a sculpture and armature workshop with Kate Church. Once I finish the pieces I began, I'll post photos and tell you more! Until then, I've other things to share.
Right before I headed to Albuquerque, I presented a workshop on Ikat techniques. I showed the participants a few different methods for achieving the Ikat effect. I thought I'd share some of the pieces I made from canes I developed as part of my demonstrations. Judging from their Ikat stacks and the products students made, everyone was very successful!
The set to the left was made from a 3-color Skinner blend with white strips of clay set on top to add contrast. The blend was then cut up and the piece were off-set making a nice stack. I cut slices from the stack and used a thin bamboo stick to draw the feathered pattern on the clay. Rolling the pieces through the pasta machine enhanced the look. The picture on the right shows a similar feathering pattern applied to an Ikat stack with multiple color stripes.
The green set was made from a 2-color Skinner Blend that I did not reduce as much as the other stacks I made. Again, I decorated with the little dried flowers and sealed the surface with the Magic Gloss resin.
The brass cuff bracelets below were covered with twisted and swirled snakes made from the various Ikat stacks. I love the way the colors and textures interact.