Tuesday, November 9, 2010

From Floral to Fabric

Saturday, I taught my first workshop on the techniques that I use for my Seed Play series. The workshop at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens was one of the educational offerings accompanying my solo exhibition. The participants did a great job with a complex process and a limited amount of time.

Here are some of the results at the end of the day.
Love the way this image captures the inside of the seed pod on the right. This piece was based on the trumpet vine seed pods.

This interesting piece is based on the fruit and leaves of the Stauntonia which is a vine growing up a post on the veranda. It is a lovely pinkish color with maroon splotches. Susan Dunn-Lederhaas did a great job capturing the complex colors on this fruit form.
This is another piece based on the trumpet vine, with a nice capturing of the ridges along each side and the speckling of the pods.

This delicate piece captures the iris seed pods and those are the cute little seeds over to the right. Nice rhythm captured in the leaves.

This artist captured the fall leaves of the bur oak. I really like the way she layered the leaves and the negative spaces created by the spaces between the leaves.

Cindy went for an impressionist rendition of the bur oak leaves. I love the rhythm and the flow of the colors.

Our only trained artist chose a really challenging inspiration. She is well on her way to create a great piece inspired by the Beauty Berry. Don't you love the colors and the lines of the leaves? Great movement and rhythm.
This piece was inspired by a banana leaf. Love the rib and the spots and browning areas. A perfect leaf would be so boring in comparison.
Annette captured the grace and liveliness of these colorful beans.

It was a great workshop location. Nice bright room, windows onto the garden, super hospitality and congenial participants. Hard to ask for anything better. The ladies did a remarkably good job on challenging tasks. I was blown away by how well they all did.

Don't you think they did well?



  1. Nancy -- These are beautiful! So graceful and flowing. Is this on paper or fabric?

  2. Sherrie, thanks for checking these out. The gals did a great job.

    Each of them worked on fabric, most on a hand dye, some on a commercial fabric. Techniques would work on paper but might need some modifications.

    thanks again,

  3. Nancy,
    Thanks for posting all of our work, mine looks better in your picture that I thought it did.
    Enjoyed the workshop, especially learning your technique which I will be using to do my own seeds, flowers, etc.

  4. Robin, So glad you came and that you enjoyed the workshop. It was fun for me as well.

    Now, fess up, which piece is yours?

  5. Hey Nancy
    I love the seed collection series that you taught and the results are amazing. What a great place to gather seeds and what a great way to utilize them. Jane/Random Arts/Saluda, Nc

  6. Jane, the garden is wonderful. We gathered seeds the day before the first frost was expected. It was delightful. And the workshop was a lot of fun. Might be a good one up at Random Arts. Thanks for writing. Nancy

  7. I like your colorful work. Very pretty and peaceful.

  8. Hazel, thanks for the kind words, coming from you they really mean a lot.

    The gals did a great job in the workshop.

    Glad you were able to get into the blog. You photographic work is really special.