Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Wow Factor

In my class at QSDS with Michael James, he said this about my work (paraphrasing): all of the elements of design are there and they're all good; the composition is good; but there is no Wow, nothing that made him go breathless. He went through my portfolio and picked out a few things that he really liked. And he wanted me to use other colors besides red. Well, maybe he just doesn't like red. Or maybe he was just trying to challenge me for the rest of the week.

It's too bad there is no formula for getting the Wow; but then I guess it wouldn't be Wow-ish if it were too easy and could be gotten just by following the steps.

Anyhow, in the interest of seeking the Wow factor, I've ordered some silk fabric from Dharma: some heavy crepe de chine, sand washed charmeuse, habotai, and raw silk. I wanted dupion also, but they were out so I may hit the local fabric stores.

I've been doing some research on dyeing silk with Procion MX dyes and that's what I'm going to try first. There is so much different advice out there about this process that it is just plain confusing. But rather than invest in silk dyes and have to steam set, I'm going for what I already have and see how that works.

This little celosia (at least I think that's what it is) is my model for perserverance. It's growing out of the crack between the pavement and the curb. It's a volunteer from some seeds left over from a previous summer, but not last summer because I didn't plant any. So they've bided their time, waiting for just the right conditions, although this location seems less than ideal. I thought about replanting it in the garden, but I couldn't get it out of the crack without ripping it apart. So it is making the best of the situation and working with what's available. Sounds like a good lesson.


Gerrie said...

I used procion for my silk charnmeuse for the liturgical commission I recently finished. I used Mrs.Mel's directions. She has gorgeous silks that she sells at her classes.Here is the link:
I love working with silk and it really was easy to do!

Lisa Call said...

I tried to create a link to your post but I guess I have to be on blogger for that to work. Couldn't figure out the URL for a trackback from wordpress. Or something like that.

Anyway - I spent too much time thinking while working in my studio and posted my thoughts on this here:

Jonh Neo said...

Great Work!!!
this is a good link you can refer Art Collection

Rayna said...

Cathy, I dye all my silk with MX. You just have to know that the same colors will look different on silk than on cotton and the result is even less predictable. But that's the fun part, isn't it?

Omega said...

I have followed up Lisa Call's blog with a post of my own on the interesting Wow question.

It is always frustrating when there is not enough time in a workshop to have a longer one-to-one session with a tutor.

Helen Suzanne said...

Hi Cathy, it is interesting what is considered a WOW and it certainly must be in the eye of the beholder. I wondered what Michael must be refering to so took a look at his website. Afraid, interesting as it is, it didn't have the WOW factor for me...