To me, there's nothing like feeling the sun on your skin. It's like you can feel the Vitamin D soaking in, bringing you back to life after a long winter (in the Midwest, we certainly had a tough one). While dermatologists may not want us to get too many rays, the sun's energy is vital to not only our physical health, but, I firmly believe, to our creative health as well. Once the temperatures reach the 70s, I'm ready to get outside, and stay outside.
|Fiber art by Heather Stemas|
Heather Stemas is an artist who knows how to harness the power of UV rays to create fabric art that's sun-kissed. In the Cloth Paper Scissors article "Sol Squares" (featured in the July/August 2014 issue), she explains how to use simple materials to create designs on cyanotype fabric, with results that are worthy of becoming a handmade gift.
Basically, here's how it works:
"Almost anything can be used to create an image on this fabric," Stemas says. "Whatever is opaque will block the UV light and create a ‘negative' or light image, and the part of the fabric that's exposed to UV light will remain ‘dark' (the original color of the fabric)."
It's such a simple concept: Harness the sun to create a negative image. Of course, there's a little more to it than that, as Stemas explains in her step-by-step article, along with some helpful tips.
This has me thinking … last year I had an urge to make prayer flags, and I still have a couple of yards of fabric left over. I think it would be cool to try this fiber art project with the cyanotype squares, and then sew these printed pieces over slightly larger squares of my plain fabric, creating a border around the designs.
What would you make with sun-printed fabric?
Your sun-loving friend,