The Renaissance Faire that I participate in has a traditions of masterpiece competition once per faire. The work is judge by other craftspeople considered masters of their crafts.
Each year that I enter this competition I try to make a masterwork of the year. I try to incorporate the new things I am learning and techniques that I am exploring.
I have won awards but even the pieces that are not given an award are my years masterwork.
The printing dyeing and coloring take many many hours to complete.
I want to present a small gallery of these works.
In keeping with the way a person might learn their craft I studied my woodcut print making from every aspect that I could .
Note: I do not do all of this for each piece of course. I try to provide the appropriate techniques for each type of work I am doing. Proceon dyes simply hold their color better on cotton.
- I learned about making paper.
- I learned how to mull my own ink from pigment and oil.
- I took a course in forging and tool making and made tools for myself.
- I cut and planed some wood in my fathers shop to carve a block with.
- I learned to dye the cloth when I started printing on cloth.(Thank you to my mentor, Diane Longdo of the Dyespot!)
- I learned to gather natural materials and use dyes that the Elizabethans might have used.