I am working hard behind the scenes here, at Studio Melly.
A few months back, I was printing some birds from The 20 only to find that my wash out rate was too high while printing with Procion MX dyes on cloth. I wasn’t getting the intensity of color, or the bold, bright colors I had come to expect. All printing with MX dyes came to a halt as I looked for help.
I contacted Carol Soderlund, telling her of my frustrations. I have been a student of Carol’s, I took her Color Mixing 1 course and have and use her book of 1000 repeatable colors. I use the nine colors she uses so that I can mix and use colors from her book if I choose to. Beside which, I understand the usefullness of working in a limited palette and the 9 colors Carol gathered together and uses in her classes have equivilents in the other media I use, so, she did the work of gathering the colors and I use them! I am a good student that way!
I connect with Carol as my teacher, and happier still, as a friend.
I reached out to Carol, seeking help in identifying and applying solutions to my lapses in Procion MX dye use.
And, OMG. Thank goodness I did!
Carol is tutoring me through most of Color Mixing 2 class ( which she will be teaching at ProChem this October, and, even though I am being tutored, I want to sign up and take!!!).
What a resource!
Carol is leading me through ‘Procion MX bootcamp’ (I made that up, I am reading too many fitness blogs!). It is fantastic. I am now getting the results I expect to see. And it wasn’t that I didn’t know all of these things before, I got lackadaisical. Not a good idea, Procion MX dye requires our full attention when we use it.
It seems I need Tune Ups all over the place: One of the things about cancer or living with the effects of treatment, is facing the need for acceptance. Self acceptance. I accept I had cancer. I accept my energy levels, intentions, focus, abilities have changed as a result of cancer treatment.
I have never had to manage energy before! And as a result, accepting these changes as I experience them is interesting to say the least. Contemplating these changes can be a burden, and sometimes even a joy, I suppose it is down to the moment and whatever emotions are present at that time. But even still, I now have discussions with myself about my abilities and limitations. (and yes, I understand my output is above average, so I am mourning the loss of a small percentage of ability but this does not mean that I don’t continue to hold myself up to previous standards). I am able! Thank my lucky stars. I am just changed.
My cognitive function is just, well, different. I hope that mental function in those realms will increase, open, expand and think that working with multicolor printing from start to finish is great mental food. Creating these images is like mental candy, they are very stimulating to make. I love figuring out what needs to be white, how I might add shading, what needs to stay and what needs to go. And it does not escape me that I am building little puzzles. Little intricate puzzles, I am thinking from the back, forward. I am mentally stretching.
In fact, this is intentional, I want more and better brain function! And I figure, if I can nudge the process along while having some good visual fun, why not?
So, not only am I learning proper printing technique with Carol, I am hoping to expand my brain box at the same time! Not too shabby.
4 thoughts on “working out the kinks”
I love this post! It has all the things I love – beautiful eye candy and wise words. 🙂 Your cloth is so pretty and reminds me of summer days and fresh fruit right off the vine/tree/bush – yum! My roses are budding up and each time I look at them I think of your prints. Then, the first poppy of the year popped open yesterday. I was flooded with memories of working in your classes last year and the feelings of accomplishment and confidence that bloomed from those classes. I have to reconnect with that! Leaning is one of the things that keeps me going through the ups and downs.
Your determination and ability to work through the changes in body and mind that are the results of your travels with breast cancer have given me the “slap upside the head” that I need every once in a while. I know I will think of this post all week and be changed by it. Thank you. xoxo
Beautiful in many ways!
It’s wonderful how you make connections between things. You are a deep thinker and that is a valuable talent. I’m glad you are solving your problems with the dyes. The cloth looks beautiful.
I did a little dyeing with Procion dyes and loved the results. I just recently used up the cloth I made from my sessions with it. Is it more complicated to use the dyes to print than to just low-water immersion dye?
What book are you referring to? Can’t seem to find it on Amazon!