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Fiberarts - January/February 2010
January/February 2010

 
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Contents
Fiber-postcard valentine contest info
More examples of Lisa Klakulak’s work from start to finish.
More work from our Sampling artists.
How Lisa Telford Harvests Cedar Bark and Her Traditional Pre-Contact Clothing and Basketry.
Updated exhibition and competition listings.
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January/February 2010

Lisa Klakulak From Start to Finish

Our January/February 2010 Creative Process department highlights the procedures undertaken by artist Lisa Klakulak in the creation of her embroidered felt handbags. Klakulak lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina, where she makes her own felt from blends of wool, cotton, and silk. She then hand-dyes, shapes, and bathes the bags before embroidering them with symbolic images and patterns that convey her themes of strength, safety, and durability. Here we present additional work by Klakulak, along with summaries of her artistic processes.



Cuffs:

undyed cuffs

Collection of undyed cuffs with a variety of surface designs and textures.

mordanting the cuffs

Mordanting the cuffs in potassium aluminum sulfate.

Cuffs after having been dyed with combinations of cochineal, madder root, Osage orange, and myrobalan.

Cuffs after having been dyed with combinations of cochineal, madder root, Osage orange, and myrobalan.

Bric-a-Brac Cuff

Bric-a-Brac Cuff, 2009; merino wool fleece, cotton thread, waxed linen; wet felted, naturally dyed with cochineal and walnut, free-motion machine embroidered, handstitched. 1½" x 9" x 1". Photo: John Lucas.

Stone Grid Cuff

Stone Grid Cuff, 2009; merino and finn/rambouillet wool fleece, cotton thread; wet felted, handstitched, free-motion machine embroidered. 9" x 3" x 1". Photo: John Lucas.


Shawls:

Wingspread:

Wingspread shawl

Silk, which had been resist dyed with madder root and then fused with merino fleece, mordanting in potassium aluminum sulfate bath to prepare the wool to be dyed.

rinsing the shawl

Klakulak rinsing the unattached mordant from the shawl before placing in the dye pot.

Wingspread shawl

Wingspread, 2009; merino wool fleece, silk fabric; resist dyed with madder root, wet felted, dyed with madder root. 11" x 60". Photo: John Lucas.


Coral & Rock:

Coral & Rock

Klakulak rinsing the unattached mordant from the shawl comprised of resist dyed silk that has been fused with merino wool before placing in the dye pot.

Coral & Rock

Madder root striking the shawl slowly.

Coral & Rock
Coral & Rock

Coral & Rock, 2009; merino, Icelandic and alpaca fleece, silk fabric; resist dyed with Osage orange and madder root, wet felted, naturally dyed with madder root. 15" x 63". Photo: John Lucas.

 
 

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