Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
The first to revisit is "It's About Time" It is the first in a series called "Time Pieces" (someday I hope to have the series in a gallery - hey, might as well hope BIG....hoping is free!!) The idea for the series began when I noticed that SO many of my comments (good or discouraging) revolved about time - mostly the lack of it. I began to think about all the ways time plays a part in my life. I started to look at the way I viewed time and came across some quotes about time that I really responded to. Oh, and as you will see..............I collected a TON of watch parts!!!
It's About Time
17" X 19"
The whole quilt is about time. I took several of my favorite quotes about time and transfered them to fabric. Some are placed inside pocket watch parts, others are just on the quilt and one is around the circumference of a "clock". I used watch springs, gears, faces, etc. and even Scrabble tiles to spell TIME. All fabric is my own handdyes along with a discharge piece, some cheesecloth, Angelina, stamping and some satin ribbon. I also added in some ephemeria from an old watch shop (a bill and some parts envelopes)
It's About Time (detail)
This is the left center of the piece. Quotes in pocket watch covers, watch and clock faces, watch springs, parts envelopes.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The Letter J
I love to add jewelry bits to my art. I have all kinds of little jewelry parts and pieces. This letter is made from two earrings I used to wear that no longer had mates so found their way to my studio stash. The curley one I "uncurled" and the inside one is a hoop that I stretched.
I think I'll be taking a few days off from the alphabet......no need for anymore backward letters I'm thinking.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The Letter H
A friend sent me several pieces of GORGEOUS handmade paper. Figured that would be perfect for this project. It was white to begin with so I just took some watercolor and colorwashed it. Then cut it out and stitched it on.
The Letter I
The letter is cut from a piece of indigo I had from a shibori symposium here in Minneapolis last year. Cut it out and satinstitched it down. It is a good memory of great fun and learning with great friends.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
The Letter E
The Letter G
Friday, May 8, 2009
The concept - Make a piece for each letter of the alphabet. The technique, tool, or fabric should represent the letter of the alphabet. For example - The letter A - Angelina. You'll see as I go along just how it works. I have a list already for many of the letters but I have left some for later inspiration! (Translation: I have no idea yet what to use for them!)
This is several layers of a pearl periwinkle angelina. Then I cut out the letter A and stitched it to the fabric.
The Letter B
Friday, May 1, 2009
The concept - putting metal on fiber.
I love the way metallics play off of black so I chose several pieces I had from a class I took a couple of summers ago where we painted with Jacquard Lumiere on fabric. I really loved the images from the various techniques we learned and have kept the pieces for just the right project. Well, this is it! The descriptions of techniques and metals are below each picture.
All are done on black Kona fabric with Lumiere paints and are 4" X 6" in size. They are all stitched onto a stiff backing with Gutterman thread.
Black Kona painted with Violet Pearl Lumiere. Gold Mesh "ribbon" stretched and stitched onto the card with brushed gold metal thread.
A mix of bronze and gold Lumiere on black Kona stamped with a cut up foam piece. Gold metallic "ribbon" diagonally with a piece of a black leather purse with metal studs and a metal zipper. (my friend left it for me to put in a garage sale or something -- I think I found a better use for it!) Stitching was done with brushed gold metal thread.
HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT
A monoprinting with violet and bronze and gold Lumiere on black Kona. There two pieces of metal "captured" under bronze sequin waste. The metal pieces small tubes I found at our local Ax Man surplus store (gotta LOVE that store). I cut them open and "painted them with Adirondack inks.
HILLS AND VALLEYS
Black Kona again stamped with an aqua and gold Lumiere paint using bubble wrap as the stamp. I cut open a pop can and cut a rectangle from it and folded in like an accordion. Then I squirted Adirondack inks in the valleys and on the ridges (hills) and let them mingle as they would. It is stitched with metal thread onto a "nest" of steel wool which was also dribbled with Adirondack inks. You can't see it much from this photo but the accordion folds are still 3 dimensional.
I chose this piece of fabric because I made these on April 30th - the first birthday for my twin grandchildren! The black Kona is painted with an aqua Lumiere paint applied with a brayer over a ginkgo texture plate. I wanted silver with this one so I found one of the antique chains I have accumulated and sewed it on with a zigzag stitch with silver metallic thread. The circle is a jewelry piece I bought at a local craft store last summer. I adhered it to the piece with E6000 adhesive.
That's it for now but I am hoping this will be just the first in more regular posts.