Homework for Kerr, part 2

Read my last post before you read this one. It will save me the trouble of explaining what this "homework" thing is all about. The second part of the assignment is to prepare a written critical assessment of my work--not so much a critique, but an analysis of recurring theme, colors, techniques, etc. So, here goes. A critical look of my work


  • orange
  • green
  • blue
  • brown
  • tan
  • black
  • love purple, but I've avoided it because I've had trouble mixing it successfully (that's getting better since Carol's class)


  • Mostly working with thickened dye
  • Direct application with foam brush
  • Doing a lot more painting than I expected. Maybe I'm part painter?
  • Screened dye--often printing with the full area of the screen, with or without paper or wax masking on the screen. I like the hard square edges.
  • Extruded dye to create messy lines. The syringe is a little hard to control and forces me to work fast, which is good.
  • Layered application of dye (some technical problems here that need to be worked out)
  • Discharge paste screened on with a mask to remove background dye (love to do this with leaves)
  • Drawing with discharge paste in an syringe or a squeeze bottle

Form, shape, and pattern

  • Almost nothing figurative or textual
  • Lines and grids
  • Round and square spirals
  • Circles--regular and irregular
  • Leaves
  • Dots
  • Splatters
  • Question: what are my cultural motifs?

Texture, rhythm, descriptive words

  • Happy
  • Layered
  • Depth
  • Rough
  • Messy


  • Patterns tend to be 10" X 10" or smaller
  • Overall composition size tends to be about 24-36" wide X 45" tall
  • It's time to do a full width 2-yard piece
  • Maybe I need a BIG screen


  • Cotton--some Kona, but lately Test 400M Print Cloth
  • Silk--Habotai is my favorite
  • Rayon--takes dye really well and great for whole cloth quilting

Embellishment and quilting

  • Running stitch to outline specific shapes or add detail
  • Fabric paint--outlining shapes with dots
  • Fabric markers to add detail or outline
  • Reverse applique
  • Machine embroidery
  • Yarn appliqued by machine--free motion or with an embroidery machine
  • Quilting tends to be dense--stipple, lines, or grids, almost all free motion (I don't do feathers!)
  • Starting to do some echo quilting