Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tortured Tyvek in the Miniature Show at "would you, could you In A Frame" this weekend

"Luminous 1" and "Luminous 2"

We survived the Yellow Springs Street Fair last weekend and are looking forward to the Yellow Springs Art Stroll (also known as the 3rd Weekend Fling in the Springs) this Fri., June 17. There are several happenings that night including the biennial "Miniature Show" at Would You, Could You In a Frame. All of the art in the Miniature Show is 2" x 3" or smaller.

Above are the two pieces I entered in the show. The pieces are unframed because the shop frames all the pieces, so I haven't seen them in their frames yet.

You might have noticed that they don't look like they are made with fabric. They are made with Tyvek, the same product that the post office uses to make their priority and express mail envelopes and what is used to wrap houses during construction as a water barrier. Tyvek can be drawn and painted on but it doesn't like heat.

On the pieces above, I painted them with green, blue and purple paints and I just love how intense the colors are. Then I put an iron on them and because Tyvek doesn't like heat, they curled up and ripped apart at some places, leaving a wonderful landscape. Then I added beads to them.

I learned about "Torturing Tyvek" at a Miami Valley Art Quilt Network meeting because someone had seen a tutorial on Joggles.com.

The Miniature Show runs from June 17-July 5. The gallery is located at 113 Corry St. in Yellow Springs and is open Tues.-Sat. from 10 am-6 pm. The opening reception is this Fri., June 17 from 6-10 pm. Several other galleries and restaurants will also be open late. To find out more about what's open, visit the Yellow Springs Chamber website.

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