Soooooo….I went to a local crafty craft store and began looking for books about punch needle, rug hooking, dyeing and found this wonderful book. I thumbed through the book, looking at the beautiful projects that this women had completed. I started to read a little bit of the book. That is when it hit me. I have barely scratched the surface. I really have no idea when it comes to punch needle design. I feel so blind. So heartbroken.
Here I thought that I had taught myself. I was a bona fide artist. A person that taught myself how to do an art.
Then I found a book about dyeing with natural dyes. Again…Here I sat with my eyes wide open, not realizing how little I really know. I realized how little I had dug into the natural dyeing world. I thought I had dove right in, right into the deep end. I had found ways to dye yarn with plants. I knew that I hadn’t gone into the full spectrum of colors, but I had found great resources for yellow and green. Going through this book, I realized that I hadn’t even realized the potential of some of the plants that I had in my yard (that are now shriveled up and hiding for the winter). I am at the super novice level, not even close to calling myself an emerging artist. That’s what I want. I want to be a fiber artist. A dyer. But I can’t even call myself that. I can’t even try to be a fiber artist poser.
Why? Because I really don’t know what in the hell I am doing. I draw pictures on fabric. I use different floss colors or yarn colors to create a desired effect, but there are so many other mediums that I can be using. There are so many other materials that I could incorporate into my work that would greatly enhance it. I suppose I just need to take it step by step.
I will have some new work to show very soon! I am actually trying to do a time elapsed sort of slide show to show the way that my work progresses over time. I think it will be really neat! I would also like to put on an artshow at some point in the next six months or so.