Friday, April 29, 2011

Silk Paper -- Experiments with Texture

I've been really loving this medium (silk fiber) and am pushing it as far as I can, using all of my other multi-media knowledge. In the following pictures, I've sort of categorized the works into "experiments with texture". There are 3 more posts coming where I experiment with other aspects of design. I have been very busy.

This first one started out to be a green bowl, but when I was making it some combed out blue silk stuck to it. So I decided to go with it and see what it looks like. The texture of the "fluff" silk is of course very soft. I also painted a silver blue edging to the top.

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 The above bowl is black with intricate white stitching all the way around. I used a punch cutter and cut out white silk paper circles and sewed them on both outside and inside the bowl. The white circles stand out in a 3-D way

And how here's the opposite: a white bowl with black polka dots trapped between the layers. I embellished it with groupings of silver and black beads on the outside of the polka dots and painted the top edge silver.

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This next one is pink with a large purple bird embroidered in the center, some green leaves, and white free motion stitching along the upper edges.

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This next piece is a russet colored bowl (with a bit of angelina for sparkle) with white lace appliques attached with a copper bead. And white paint around the rim.

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There is a lot going on in this bowl: It's got feathered embroidery which you can see clearly from the top view. There is angelina which adds to the texture, as well as the couched ribbons which are very similar to fuzzy pipe cleaners. In my layers I also added tulle and a few cutout birdies.

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