Last year I was approached by Deb Cashatt and Kris Sasaki, the Pixeladies about discharging cloth (removing color) as samples for their new book on Furoshiki. Up to that point I had never heard of Furoshiki but I am always game to learn something new and to see my work in print.¬† So I WTS Furoshiki and began to learn about the Japanese art of fabric folding. Think origami but with cloth.
I went on my merry way discharging¬† grey Kona cotton to get this… and¬† black rayon for¬† this …When the book was published I was thrilled to see my work in living color on page 90.¬† I bought four extra copies of the book and gave them to friends. That’s when the fun began. One friend said that other F word commonly came to mind as she attempted Furoshiki!¬† She noted it is important that the cloth be large enough before proceeding. I had also learned that when I tried unsuccessfully to double fold two paperback books.
Then I decided to cover sofa pillows and this is the result.¬† The cloth was a vintage damask tablecloth which I had dyed, discharged and painted 3 years ago for an Art Cloth Network exhibit. It’s languished on the shelf since. It is a beautiful piece but for what purpose? ¬† It took me just seconds to cut it in two and then literally five minutes to cover these pillows.¬† One uses the right side of the cloth… and the other the ‘wrong’ side. Voila…furoshiki!
Thanks Deb and Kris!