Friday, August 27, 2010

the rusty north



How I spent my summer vacation!! Rust dyeing at my sister's family cottage in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario (they actually call it a "camp"). It's tradition for me to come up with an arty activity for us to play with while we're at the lake. The air was crisp, the fish and sun were in hiding, but the wine, food and company were just fine!! This is the last piece we wrapped and by far my favourite. I used up the last of my recycled cotton sheet on 3/4's of a large saw blade (a last minute find by my brother-in-law).



Wrapped on a rusty minnow bucket.......



Wrapped diagonally on a long piece of rusty rebar.......



Wrapped on the rusty hood of an old Rolligon (the circle is a transfer from the radiator cap)......Perhaps the spirit of the Rolligon......What's a Rolligon you say?



An all terrain vehicle, originally used in a lumber mill in B.C. Works great for pulling downed trees and giving small children exciting rides!



A collection of bits and pieces, including rusty nails, chain, a drill bit and some type of large hook. The colour is a little off on this one and the Rolligon piece. The background is actually a very soft yellow. I have four or five more pieces that I thought showed promise, but were disappointing. I'll save them for another rusty day. Thanks Jim and Suzie, I had a great time!

10 comments:

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Fun! I haven't done any rusting this year because I haven't used up what I made last year. A saw blade was a lucky find!!

Beth said...

I want to do some rusty stuff.... maybe if we go down to the farm at Darkest Africa... I can... I know there is a bunch of rusty stuff there! Piet has a whole barn full of dead tractors and parts and all of them have rust!

Can't wait to see what you do with your new fabrics.

Beth

kaite said...

the rusty saw blade one is fabulous and i can still see the minnows swimming in the minnows bucket. the rebar looks good with those little fishbone type lines. wrapping and rusting and tieing and waiting is such fun. nice to involve the kids in it too. kaite

Penny Berens said...

Oh, wow what great results. The rusty saw blade piece..so organic. Absolutely delicious!

beadbabe49 said...

Lots of wonderful fabric for future projects! I didn't realize how drawn I am to circles until I saw your piece with the rust from the radiator hood on it!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks for your comments! Of course, I have no idea what I'm going to do with these pieces, so into the stash they will go! I ruined a perfectly good white t-shirt (splashes during the unwrapping stage) and now I need to dye the rest of the shirt. LOL!

liniecat said...

That last one on the Rolligon, looks like a spectral crucifixion.......... abit like the Turin shrowd!
Fab results!
I must get round to rusting some fabrics with rusty bits Ive collected. I have a huge car boot area nearby, its a haven for finding squished rusty bits after the cars haveall gone and the rains have been.
So far Ive only made 'Rusty Rita 'out of some of the bits. Id found the scissors there first and then went in search of the rest of her body!
http://liniecat.blogspot.com/2010_04_01_archive.html Shes on the april 6th and 15th posts if anyone wants a peek.
Love the textures youve replicated though.

arlee said...

these are eloquent

Rachel Murphree said...

Beautiful work, AM. Such wonderful possibilities!!!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Linie, I could sense a presence in the cloth as well. Not quite the shroud, but more a fairy type of creature.

Arlee, they speak to me as well. I just haven't decided which languages they're speaking yet.

Rachel, the possibilities are endless

Thanks!