I haven’t spent much time in the studio this week, but when I have been in I’ve been quite productive. This is good because I have two commissions happening that I really need to get a move on with. This isn’t even the big project that I really should be working on and with my Korea trip pending and my partner away for three weeks next month and reduced childcare on top of that i’m starting to panic at how little time I have to make these two pieces of work.
The first piece is a bojagi which I’m making for The Korea Bojagi Forum in Suwon in September. I’m new to making bojagi so there’s that, but traditionally it’s completely hand sewn and though you can machine stitch, this to me feels wrong so I’ve been practicing a lot and if I’m honest I’ve been a bit scared to start the final piece. The other thing that’s important to me is that I make a contemporary interpretation of bojagi. They work best back lit so the emphasis is all on those hand made seams. So this week I have been dyeing silk with the aim to create some interesting effects which will feature in the final work. Shibori has worked really well with this because it’s essentially folding and clamping, which mirrors the folding and sewing of the seams of a bojagi.
This is the first layer, which is dyed with blueberries. I’m pleased with the outcome and am looking forward to developing this further. Unfortunately my hot plate that I use to cook the dyes broke this afternoon so I’ll have to wait until next week before I can continue.
The second commission is still a secret and I can’t reveal exactly what I’m working on until August but it’s part of a bigger project and I’m really excited to be part of it. One thing I will say though is that it is going to again involved quite a bit of hand sewing (oh my poor hands) and so I’ve been practising mark making and stitch using the Kantha quilt technique.