Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hidden Dreams





12" x 6", made of used foam core and brown wrapping tape and paint. Covering outside with machine stitched and hand stitched cloth of varied sizes, paper, loose weave cloth to connect. Top triangle cloth connected with loose weaved cloth, stamped cloth and assorted beads as beads also on bottom. cork and cork pieces for legs and large bead for crown. Inside loose weaved cloth and a scattering of tea stained mica flakes.
Took some time not only creating the skeleton of the box but then delving into following a random piecing and stitching wrapped cloth. The strong pull in creating this box was the revealing what might have been long buried, a box of dreams? a box of treasure? a box of keepsakes? While on this art making journey, I couldn't help but think of all the lives lived and even my own life...questions come up as to lived fully? lived well? Altogether it's been a rich ride. My next box will be different shaped and I'll be dreaming of the silk road, silks, dusty roads, caravans, camels and maybe Marco Polo? Finding (creating) a box (my love of archaeology) with mystery has a huge pull in my art making.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

One moment please

Actually it will be well more than a moments delay until the reveal! First, I had to get to this point...creating the actual box. I have made these boxes before (click on sidebar featuring one titled "Forgive Me") but it was awhile ago and I had to figure out the pattern once more...then there was the trouble with using used foam core and then not having the brown paper tape. I used packing tape and that presented new problems. The other boxes were made using paint and collage as the decorative element and these new ones will be created using fabric. So the next problem is do all the composition, sewing, beads before applying to the box??? It's been a true challenge and all the while I'm asking myself the questions, the story. This one in particular is about discovery, what was abandoned and now found. The inside?, the actual box, and the lid or what covers, what was once beautiful but fallen on the perils of time, what is worn, what remains?(a self portrait? a memory remembered?)  I'm further along today but it will be a few more days...the reality of laundry, bills, groceries will be slowing me down!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Making Changes

Always good to make changes and here at Blue Sky Dreaming I'm preparing to step away from the flat surface for awhile. I'm putting together three dimensional shapes and using my stories, fabrics, beads and stitching in a different way. Not altogether new for me but with a fresh approach. I've written some of my stories and some working titles such as 1. Caravans 2. Healing from within 3.Magic and incantations 4. a favorite of mine, Abandoned elements. I am featuring a mask I created a long time ago (in the sidebar, click to read) as a reminder to  myself of the fun of changing things up! I had also added some interesting thoughts and quotes...worth the read. What are you tweaking, changing, altering in your art making? New Year is a good time for some off road play in art making. Wish me luck and tell me of your plans!