Making yardage for Catherine Bacon’s art kimonos!

Making yardage for Catherine Bacon’s art kimonos!

I make fabric for Catherine Bacon about twice a year. When I was doing yardage for her a couple of years ago, it became more full-time than I wanted. I liked having a steady paycheck, but I missed out selling at other venues ie: the Santa Fe Weaving Gallery, and at the Acqua hotel sales.

As I do love keeping my hands in many pots and in keeping with how Catherine’s business was changing, when she decided to hire surface artists to make one of a kind yardage for her Art Kimonos, I jumped at the chance.

She sends me old remnants of her double georgette, this time in “butt ugly” colors (her words). I love the challenge of painting them into something beautifully mysterious at the same time using up the old fabric from previous collections.

In the past I have planned the fabric to fit her pattern, motif-wise. This time I painted and screened a design not knowing where the pattern would lay. That was a holdover from the Diane Ericson/ Gwen Spencer way of working at the Taos Design outside the Lines 2015. Very freeing.

I would love to see how they turn out. However, Catherine doesn’t usually document each one. That’s another reminder of the fleeting connection I have to these wonderful pieces.

An informal teaching day with Peter and Toni

An informal teaching day with Peter and Toni

Peter Linenthal, a friend I have known since I was 14, is an artist and book illustrator. He has also been involved in the Potrero Hill Historical Society, organizing fundraisers and gathering history of the Hill.

A number of years ago he became interested in collecting bronze seals that came from the Central Asia. They are from a region called the Bactria Margellana Archeological Complex, BMAC. The seals were mostly found in the tombs of women and are of compelling designs both primitive yet sophisticated at the same time. Their original use remains unclear.

After meeting at his house one afternoon to do rubbings of the seals we set up a time to come to my studio and make silk screens out of some of them.

Coincidentally, Toni Hines was coming the same day as Peter. Toni is a woman I met through my mother, Elaine Badgley Arnoux. She had taken mom’s “Edge of Vision” class and had introduced mom to a set of symbols from Africa that have deep meaning and are powerfully graphic.

Toni has developed an annual community healing event called YNOT Unite for Peace in the Streets and Home. This is in honor of her son who was shot down in the Bayview district. His name was Tony and so she has used his name in reverse to gather the neighborhood and raise awareness for nonviolence. I thought she could create a product printing the symbols on shirts as a fundraising tool for her group event, using creativity as a tool for peace.

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