Posts Tagged ‘toile’

Dude, I could like HEAR the colors

Dec 14
Eleven new backgrounds are up.
There’s another new toile, this time about California history. One of the biggest challenges for this was finding a grizzly bear in New York City (hell, they’re not even in California), but then I remembered there’s a stuffed one in the Museum of Natural History. There are plenty of lovely French and English toiles out there, but alas they are very expensive and never seem to feature the Pony Express or the mountains where the Donner Party resorted to cannibalism.

I also experimented a bit with making glitch art, a process known as databending. The results are unpredictable and usually look like either television static or the eye-melting patterns found on bus seats in the 1980’s. There are a few ways I destroyed and remixed the raw image data, from basic edits in Wordpad to chopping up image files in a sound editing program. While it seems psychedelic to be able to listen to an image (dude, I could like hear the colors) it sadly sounded nothing like a Big Brother and the Holding Company song and everything like an angry fax machine. The whole process is a little too post-modern for me. Maybe I’ll just stick with toiles.

Cheers,
Sarah

You Ain’t Never Been Blue…

Sep 3
You ain’t never been blue til you’ve had that mood indigo… Eight new backgrounds are up, all in blues.
Apologies for the months between updates, I had shit to do! I’ve moved twice since then, and have been dedicating most of my energy to fixing up an apartment that has seen better days. Among other things, I MacGyver’ed my own light fixtures out of embroidery hoops, duct tape, and pennies (9 cents to be exact), and strategically hung a gallery wall to cover up the erratically spaced electrical outlets (did someone try to plug a toaster into the ceiling?!). Now that the seemingly endless string of DIYs is winding down, I’ve found the time to share what I’ve been working on.
The ‘Excelsior’ toile took ages to make. I ran all over town to get photos and had to learn about Phrygian caps. I might make it into a fabric so that more of the details are visible.
There are also some microscope images, some improvised shibori dyed fabric, and a paisley block print made from a block ordered directly from Jaipur.

Cheers,
Sarah