Thursday, May 8, 2014

Shibori Dyeing

  The artist I felt was unique and had a really interesting technique is Michael Smith. Each of Michael's art work pieces are different in their own way. Instead of Michael just making art he has made art with a purpose. His art is wearable art which is very impressive and he has done this for over 25 year, which is a very long time. His technique isn't a traditional style and he has been working under three names which were three wishes, chaos, and Mystic Eye. I searched where Michael Smith is from and I couldn't find anything.
  While Michael uses a non traditional shibori technique he also combines discharge, immersion, and a variety of colors on fabric and does his own designs. He places his dye on white fabrics like silk or chiffon. Michael gets shirts that have white or black cotton shirt blanks, the fabric is folded between one and three times. When the t-shirt is soaking wet, it is manipulated with the artist's fingers such as Michael's and put through the Crinkleator to set the patterns. The shirts are stuck between stainless steel grids, and the fabric that is already done goes in a series of fiber dye solutions. Michael uses three separate color tools so his art can have more of a variety of color combinations. When Michael is done with the dye it goes in hot water to clear off some of the dye, after the shibori  fabric is sewn into garments.  I think Michael's art is more retail since its wearable and is more of a garment then a flat piece of work that can be in a gallery. I picked this artist because I like the way he does his style, instead of using one color he decided to make a bunch of colors.  Also unlike most artists I have learned about never have wearable art so I enjoyed how he has made a lot of garments, that some people wear.  His techniques are good and I hope to one day use those same techniques to make a dye shirt.

Perspective Project

Artists Communicate through their work...
While doing my project i did a lot of planning/thinking, and wondered what subject i could do for my perspective art piece.  After i picked the subject on what fuels me, and this really helped me plan out my piece even further. So my artwork is intended to show my audience what fuels me and that is a phone booth that we can find in the UK area.  This fuels me because its my dream to go to London and to explore the sites, and to make a phone call in a phone booth.
In my piece there isn't that much of issues i'm trying to indicate, but just that the littlest things can be inspiration to many people.  As for example me i picked a phone booth which is something small but that one small thing gives me dedication that dreams can come true and that one day i will be able to be in that phone booth in London a place I've always wanted to travel too. Traveling can he a hard thing to do because of money, flights, gas prices and cars, etc. Even when people can't travel to that one place now they are still trying to, and that shows that most people never give up on their dreams and the smallest things can be happiness to them.
This artwork shows who i am because i want to one day travel to London. My project just shows that one object, but that one object expresses many things about me. Like me wanting to go to London, i love the red color that phone booths have because red is one of my favorite colors and it makes the booths stand out and be unique, also i enjoy how phone booths have been here for many years.  Phone booths give off a old fashion style and styles like this interest me especially when they are still very popular in our present day.  
Artists Collaborate...
Perspective projects are very challenging to me, and during this project i did have some difficulties. While doing this project i never knew how to angle my booth so it looks perspective and the shapes and sizes were hard for me to show that my piece was suppose to be dimensional. I angled my squares further from one another while they were still connected so it looked more perspective and when i thought i was done i asked my teacher and classmates what they thought of my piece.  Each one said that the right side of my booth needed to be more parallel to one another.  At first i was having trouble making everything parallel but after i was done with the side of my booth my piece looked more perspective and it looked more like a photo booth.
When i was done communicating with my classmates and teacher i understood more about perspective and when the sides are more parallel that gives more of a dimensional shape
rather than changing the angles on each side.  I'm glad i asked the people around me for help or i wouldn't have understood perspective and my piece would be flat.