As 2010 closes, this shows a compilation of almost all of my finished work this year.
|Autumn in the Forest|
|Bountiful Apple Tree|
|Child's Farm Scene|
|Inspirational Daisy detail|
|Joyful Ribbon Tree|
This original piece is in my living room. The experimentation here was the oak trunk which was thread painted, hand-dyed background fabric and the water - on which I used Texture Magic.It is mounted on an artist canvas. The quotation says "He took also of the seed of the land and planted it in a fruitful field; He placed it by a great waters and set it as a willow tree. I was an oak, now I am a willow...I can bend".
|Wisdom of the Willow|
I hand-dyed some cotton which turnout this funky color of gray/brown. It alone inspired me to create a series of "Vintage" art. Both pieces below are about 12"wide by 15" high. I used the cloth-glue-ephemera-glue-tissue-glue technique to make my own cloth. I put in vintage (copyright free) images, quotes, leaves, and some unique stamps that are hard to see. There are also leaf, coin, and key charms sewn on. One is quilted horizontally and one vertically. I bonded this to stiff interfacing and used the same fabric on the back. I edged each wall hanging with vintage, multicolored ribbon. Oh almost forgot... I gilded and antiqued elements, used gold foil, and on the first one I had to enhance this stamp's (the lady's profile) look with markers, carefully placed paint, and what worked best was custom stitching. She's got a lovely face profile if you can see it. The "cat glasses" from the 40's and 50's are really cute...I thought they added a nice unexpected touch.
The piece below is very colorful, is it not? It's fun to look at and it was fun to make. I had previously learned how to make fabric ribbons over straws, but couldn't find the right place for them. I made the colorful cloth this summer, painting dye-na-flow in swatches and placing those kidz crazy bandz - in the princess package- on top. It came out really well so I decided to make a piece for a little princess. I outlined the princess's crown, sceptor, ring, shoe, etc. with a gilded marker. I embroidered adjectives (in multiple colors) for a princess on wired organza and tacked them down. I didn't want to sew them all the way down, again trying for that 3-D look, so I put lightweight beads on the top and heavy ones on the bottom of each organza strip. Of course before the organza I quilted it in a meandering stitch; nothing distracting. The fabric beads were fun; I used all solid colored swatches from all my fabric dyeing and tied each one with "fun yarn" that was already rainbow colored. If I had a little girl, this would be in her room. Maybe I'll save it for a granddaughter. HAHAHAHA -- I'm too young for that, but you never know with 3 boys, 2 of which are in their mid-twenties.
|detail of above|
The posting my leaf montage below (and all the others these past few days) makes me realize that leaves and trees are a reoccurring theme in my work -- good to know. Maybe I should concentrate on those for a while in different techniques. BUT...I really love, love, love flowers. I have been a home gardener for 25 years and was even a paid landscape designer for a few of my friends, plus I belong to several garden clubs. I think I've been afraid that if I get into flowers, I won't be able to get out and everything will be too girly.
Okay enough pondering, here's how I made the leaf montage. I sun-dyed some PFD (prepared for dyeing) cotton with a couple of green dye-na-flow paints, using fabric leaf cut-outs on top. Then I put those same leaf cut-outs right near its lighter green counterpart. Then I just had fun making and using up any leaf pieces or ephemera from my stash. I painted, and glittered and just filled everything up w/leaves. This was before I began any beading or those would be on my piece too. I have a large leaf quilting stencil that I penciled on the back and used high loft poly batting. You can kind of tell that the quilting is in a leaf pattern. I bound it the regular quilter's way and added a strip of pretty, semi-sheer, green ribbon on the stitch line.
My aunt is/was an artist. That is, she was educated in fine arts and created many works of painting and drawing. It didn't last too long after she married in the late 1950's. She always figured she'd take it up once she retired from work, but now that she is in her 70's (and healthy, thank The Lord) she has no desire to be "Grandma Moses" doing plein air painting. Long story short she lives out West in AZ and was surprised when I tentatively told her I thought I was a fiber artist or something. I told her mostly about my landscape work. I told her to give me a cherished landscape photo and I'd make her something. She GAVE me her Janome MC11000 that she had gotten 5 years ago and never used! Whoa, what a generous gift.
This piece took me a good three months in the design and execution. Usually I can crank one out a week. It is definitely the most complex I've ever attempted because of the mountains in the background and especially the snow. First, here is the original photo she sent me. It is a picture of the Grand Canyon from Big Bear where they used to live:
|Big Bear & Grand Canyon photo|
And here is the landscape art piece that I was able to make:
|Big Bear scenic vista of the Grand Canyon|
|detail of the tree -- the focus of the piece|
When I sent it to her a couple of weeks ago she was thrilled and actually used the word "genius". Boy is it nice to get some feedback from artists. Please anyone who takes the time to see my work, any and all feedback is welcome!
From the Fun With Fiber blog page: