From 1992 until 2005 Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Deborah Mersky and I worked together as a group. Once a year we designed a series of products based around a theme. We would make them or have them manufactured and sell them at a sale/party.
We called ourselves Troika because there were three of us.
Then we got busy, diverted, and geographically separated; our Troika cart was retired.
This year Troika will roll again – we are having a show of our art at the Bitters Co. Barn in the Skagit Valley from May 11- 28. Our theme for the show is Still Life. We are each making our own pieces using different media. We have all meandered and interpreted the theme in different ways.
We also collaborated on some white banners which will float in the middle of the barn.
Embroidery, trapunto, tatting, and lacemaking are fabric arts practiced by early American women. Work that can be described as “white on white” inspired us because of its use of negative space and shadow. Using white ink on white nylon taffeta, we designed and created three giant banners in four busy days.
Margaret and I flew to Texas to work with Deborah in her beautiful studio about an hour from Austin in the hill country.
We drew and cut stencils.
We took walks by the river.
We ironed the stencils to the fabric.
As we worked we continued to invent, design, cut and print.
When the prints were dry we removed the stencils and hung up the banners.
UPDATE: Here are the banners hanging in the beautiful Bitters Co. barn. We also made a banner of Troika wheels which hangs on the outside of the barn.
Please come see the banners and our individual work. The show will be up from May 11 – 28, from 12 -4 daily. The opening will be on May 11 from 12-3.
If you would like to learn the stenciling process, please join us for a White on White stencilling workshop at the barn from 1-4 on Sunday,May 12. (For more information about the workshop please go to www.bittersco.com)