Drop Forge & Tool

In January I did a residency at Drop Forge & Tool in Hudson, NY. The space is incredible, with lots of light and room to work on multiple large scale pieces at a time. I began by working on a new Flower Wolf piece.

But I also had this wonderful cozy corner table with a bench seat that I set up as a water color and drawing area. I had some water colors that my mom had given me and I'd never used. She bought them at Goodwill and it turns out they are from the 1850's!! This blew my mind. They turned out to be beautiful and I was able to work with them in this lovely little spot.

Here's a close up of one of the water color cakes, unicorns and lions! The set is gorgeous.

I made these two small water colors and then decided to translate them into large scale fabric pieces using fabric ink for the birds, and embroidery for the figures. 

This is a close up of one of them. I used a simple back stitch for the embroidery and the same pressed plant technique I use with the Flower Wolves but in fabric paint instead of ink.

Fabric is hard to photograph! I am working on stretching and framing this piece and will post better photos once I do.

And this is another experiment on fabric made while at Drop Forge & Tool. It was so helpful to have the time and space to experiment and create new work, play with new ideas and spread out!! Katharine and Michael, who run the residency are a delight. All in all, it was a fabulous experience, I felt so lucky to be there. I'll be teaching a workshop there in the summer, "Printing With Plants", so check back for more info!