Now & Ragdale Revisited, part 1

I’m increasingly frustrated with the bad foot, to the point of seeing an actual MD (this Thursday), not my preferred way to roll.  Bleah. But our family holiday was lovely, laid-back and contained lots of laughter, and I’ve been having further pleasantness in the studio recycling some old jeans.  Cotton denim is perhaps the most congenial pulp in the universe to work with, but I can only make very small batches of sheets before the foot shuts me down. Today I am prepping to tackle a more challenging commissioned series scheduled to be delivered soon, and have figured out a way to work on them off my feet (for the most part) just in case.

Backtracking to Ragdale in the Time of Functional Feet: well, it took all of the first two-week session, including tearing down the entire thing once, to finally finish this piece.  I began it last year and then put it on the back burner till the next time I had a large studio to work in, which turned out to be where it was begun as 176 sheets made with 44 custom deckles.  Though it’s only 7 feet wide, the dyeing process in particular exploded to utilize the entire space. The pattern is a very specific one, and, indeed, the entire project had to be tackled with a highly systematic approach (again, not my preferred way to roll), which contributed to the fact that it was fraught with obstacles. There is still a tiny amount of tweaking to be done to its mounting boards, but at last, I’m happy with it, and judge all that effort to have been worth it in the end.

Each piece numbered to correspond to the pattern.

First dye batch…90 some sheets, keeping each one numbered.

Second dye batch added.

Pattern reconstituted, and assembled (twice).

Working title: It’s Academic, followed by this: 



5 thoughts on “Now & Ragdale Revisited, part 1

  1. looking at it thru my eyes…
    why am i seeing those darn lips? that’s all i could see when you first posted it and the dye only tones the mirage down a bit.

    just me, i guess.

    the other day on the highway all the ass ends of cars were rodent faces (rabbits, chipmunks, rats, etc) with taillights as eyes and the license plates as their big buck teeth. it was an interesting ride into work, they just wouldn’t go away.

    i dont want to tell you how bad it was working in that tool and die factory.

    anyway id love to see that one in person. The colors are all different in the different shots but i have a feeling they’re a lot more vibrant than any of the photos is showing.

    here’s to whipping that foot back into shape!

  2. Hi Melissa,

    Love seeing the progression of this piece…especially the barcode! I have been working on a piece using several barcodes as well – meant to be scanned by RedLaser to add content. I tried to scan the barcode you have here, but it wouldn’t work. I was wondering if the code stood for a particular consumer object or if you were just using the barcode as a general symbol. Either way, I dig it.

  3. Jo – I never saw the lips till now, but I hope maybe the point at the bottom will negate that…the form is based on a shelf fungus.

    JE – Yes, it’s a specific barcode, but it degenerated when I turned it into a jpeg to post it (there are no grey areas in the original, as you see them here). It’s not a product, but text translated into a barcode…

  4. Very nice! I am so curious about how one turns text into a barcode and what text is here. Looking forward to hearing more about it over coffee in the new year, yes? I hope the foot is already feeling better and you start off the new year well!

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