Saturday, December 14, 2013

Rare Opportunity

I was going through my photos this morning, clearing out not-so-good-ones, & I came across my piano photos from my May trip to Nancy Crow's farm in Baltimore, Ohio.

What a rare opportunity it was.
Farms are great places for collections, detritus, and quirky finds.

The two piano frames were in the quirky zone.
I loved them.
Lines, shapes, textures, & all the nostalgia that abandonment evokes in me having to do with lost stories, lives gone by.


The amazing engineering of it! 
The tension....
Upper strings starting to go...
 Corrosion & rust...
That whole feeling that nature will overtake it...
... & chaos is already starting...
I was traveling with my really old friend Mary Beecher Price, so there was a serendipitous touch....

So I hung out with these two pianos quite a bit & applied cloth & then dye-wash to them to make prints of a sort.
The first tries were with unslashed cloth, but it was hard getting good string contact that way.


 So I then tried cutting into the cloth so cloth & strings made more contact...
 ... & enriching the colors...


This was before I washed the dye-stuff out but it is now dry.

I took the cloth out yesterday and look forward to some fabric play with them.
That's it for now.