From Primitive Icons to Ecoprinting

10 Apr


One night in 1990 I awoke from a deep sleep knowing I needed to set free–release–my primicons.  Primitive icons.  This need to create had a life of its own.   I started with rebar wire and paper mache.  Added wood chips to the mix–and paint.  Later covered the wire with muslin.  Anything that would hold shape.  I worked late into the nights.  My kitchen was no longer a place for meal preparation so much as an abode for these guys.  Years later when my dad gifted me a pile of rusted corrugated industrial roofing and an acetylene torch, their shape and stature grew.

I don’t know where these entities come from–or why.  But they’re still demanding “air time.”  And that is the dilemma I’m facing with eco printing.

I love what I consider to be the magic of eco printing.  Love the surprises.  The constant barrage of “what ifs?”  Love trying to understand why the various elements act and react as they do.  So there’s all of this.  And now I find myself moving into a different phase with the process.  Moving towards the things inside me–the ubiquitous primicons –that want out.

Primicons are the expressions that come out of me.  In truth, there are other forms I would like to explore–more palatable forms perhaps–but after almost 30 years of living with these beings, I accept that they are here to stay–will probably follow me into the great beyond.

They’ve been patient with my yearlong exploration of eco printing but today I experienced a minor revolt.  They want OUT.


So I’m “experimenting” with process.  How to create in a way that eco prints and primicons can co-exist while maintaining the sustainable, environmentally benign characteristics of eco printing?

These  first, initial experiments have a ways to go.  And although I have concerns about their appeal–appeal of the primicon–clearly it’s a  moot point.



19 Responses to “From Primitive Icons to Ecoprinting”

  1. grace April 10, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    let them RUN!!!!! Turn the LOOSE!!!!! Think about all the questions Later, or
    just let the Cloth answer


  2. grace April 10, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    turn theM


  3. Linda April 10, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

    Love these…..


    • Patricia April 10, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

      really? i’m committed but what about curb appeal? i’m doing this for many reasons–a minor one being $ supplementation.


  4. debbie.weaver April 10, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

    The figures are great and so are the fabric prints, are you making them from wrapping the figures. I think they have curb appeal in spades, its about finding the right people that they will appeal to that is hard sometimes.


    • Patricia April 11, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

      yes–that’s always the challenge, isn’t it! finding the right “tribe.”


  5. journeyhouse April 10, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

    They appeal to me. I think they are great. Wish I had a whole garden full. LAura

    Sent from my iPad


    • Patricia April 11, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

      thank you Laura! Glad you’re here.


  6. Anonymous April 10, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    I’m so glad they are back! I’ve missed them and of course, you will teach yourself how to let them out and in your eco printing! Welcome back, mystical ones!


  7. elizabeth eve April 10, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

    That last comment was from Elizabeth – NOT anonymous!


  8. grace April 10, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

    ok…now….i’m wondering…are you talking about the actual figures? or the
    abstract images on the silk?


    • Patricia April 10, 2016 at 5:57 pm #

      Hey Grace..I’m doing the images on silk. What did your 2nd comment mean? “Turn theM”. Maybe it was like the weird message I sent you!


      • grace April 10, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

        turn Them loose
        not turn the loose
        ok….on silk, yes, that’s what i’d thought you were meaning


  9. Mo Crow April 10, 2016 at 7:26 pm #

    good to see you heeding your muses!


    • Patricia April 11, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

      hi Mo. ah yes–the muses. can be kinda loud at time–probably a good thing.


  10. Eliene April 11, 2016 at 12:07 am #

    They are asking to be used…use them. I, for one love what you are doing. You never know what is going to happen…but do enjoy the process. What fun!!!


    • Patricia April 11, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

      you are so right. they’re asking and i’m listening as best i can. and good reminder–the journey/process begs to be enjoyed


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