Today was the first WARM day here in the Willamette Valley. We hit 80F (26.6C)! Our spring has been overly wet and grey. Some of the native trees have been about 2 weeks behind schedule. On “normal years”, the Plumeria plants move outside around April 1. This year its a month late.
Current art related projects have been slowly coming to life. I’ve branched off into creating paper templates for screen printing kitchen towels. The towels are Eco Friendly, 100% cotton, made here in the USA, well, half the batch. The second batch are bleached and hemmed in India (not very eco friendly, but very pretty). Below is a photo of the non-bleached cloth with one of the templates laying over top.
Currently, I only have 100 towels, which doesn’t sound like very much. They measure about 25″x 27″ ( 63.5 cm x 68.5 cm), a great usable kitchen size. It’s taking me over a day to design and cut the templates out of old Sommerset paper (the recycling of old prints). The templates are then used to burn an image onto a photo-emulsion coated screen. To really get things moving along will require more screens. I’m currently sourcing out new options.
In June, I’ll be participating at a one day Brownsville event. It will be the third year of the Cozy Rose Art sale. I’ll be bringing lots of towels, possibly some of the new format prints on blocks, maybe some garden silhouette work. Less than 2 months away and lots of things scheduled in between.
I’ll keep you posted as things progress forward!