Friday, July 22, 2016

Metal Workshop - Mary Hettsmansperger

Today was the first of three funerals for our slain police officers.  Officer Matthew Gerald was laid to rest.  And most of the city was shut down in one way or another.  It was a nightmare getting to LSU for my class, then home again.   Frank was on Highland Road and took this photo of the route just before the funeral procession went from the church to the cemetery. 

If you look carefully, you can see TWO American flags.

I came home smelling of vinegar and cats!  the Bassets LOVED it!

Spent most of the day in the workshop making metal pieces and rusting fabric.  People were also discharging their color solids and batiks and overlaying rust on the discharged piece.

Then I headed to CAAWS to spend 2 hours in the cat room waiting for the delivery people to deliver a new dog wash that will be incorporated into our building renovations that will start soon.

The truck never came, and finally we were able to get in  touch with them.  They claimed a flat tire.

And the next deliver time will be Monday..........who will I get to take off AGAIN so we can receive the shipment? are photos of some of the work today......not all are mine, even though I wish they were!

Michael Young, he is my favorite local artist.  He moved to San Antonio after his wife died last year, and I miss his creativity in our Fiber Groups.

Using the propane torches

This is a copper sheet, heated with the propane torch, and sewn down.  Amazing.

This is MY rusting done with the waste blanks below.

Copper wire wrapped with another copper wire, then the copper wire wrap is used as thread to attach the wire to the fabric.


  1. You must have been a blacksmith in a former life - what fun this looks !

  2. It looks like you all had a wonderful time. These pieces are amazing. Imagine what you could do with time to experiment. The pile of rusted metal reminded me of a table in my dad's shop when I was young. Little did I know I'd wish for that one day.

  3. I would never ever EVER work with rusting metals but I really like what you're making!


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