Monday, January 16, 2017

Almost Forgotten

Looking in my shed for a frame and I came across this large collage. All my work has my personal story but this one has strong details...like a prayer remembered. I unframed it and will store it in a better and safer place. It is mostly magazine collage with addition of gold and silver leaf with watercolor here and there.
Still working on a large stitched piece inspired by Bruce Feiler "Walking the Bible".  The piece represents one of the many oases in the 40 year exodus.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Traveling Light (4)

10"x15", assorted cotton fabrics, hand stitching, bronze beads, stencil and light molding paste.

My plan was to create small pieces and then gather them together as in a mosaic or manuscript. This was my first effort and I'm not sure (already is busy and says enough) if I'll add to it so for now I'll leave it loosely finished and see what happens. Staying with themes around direction, time, traveling and of course trust.
Update: 16"x15", new title "Finding Isiah"An addition of a digital copy of an ancient scroll on silk. NOW this piece feels complete. A big challenge putting this together and I'm back in the studio working on smaller pieces to grow together into one larger piece.


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Bitter to Sweet

11"x16", silver leaf, assorted beads, embroidery and machine stitching, tea stained fabric.
I began this piece in late October and is one of many planned following the ancient routes leaving Egypt to journey into the desert. It is allowing me to take in the inner and personal meaning of this journey of trust. Archaeologists have found water at an oasis known to be bitter which aligns with the ancient descriptions and the writings that describe the bitter water divinely turning to sweet...much like life sometimes.
I've left the ties loosely knotted and cut as if from a larger manuscript. I've also been inspired by the tattered remains of early work being highly decorated with metals and beads...I can only wonder.