Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Making Fire

12"x18",cotton printed cloth, muslin, tea stained cloth, stamped cloth, machine stitching, silver threads and gold leaf, cut images, cloth pen and fashion trim.

This piece above is part of a two piece series... 'Constellation of Clouds' in the previous post is the other half. This one representing pillars of fire. I stayed with just cutting shapes with scissors and machine stitching...a challenge for sure. I look forward to return to my needle, thimble and thread.
 Both are 'maps' for the ancient desert traveler. For me these two have been a lesson in trust which is really good to have when making art!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Constellation of Clouds

12"x16", bits of cloth, all machine stitched, silver leaf.

Inspiration of this new work came from an ancient biblical writing speaking of the desert wanderer: "He attended them in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night." I found this to be so beautiful, holy and poetic that I wanted to begin with a cloud map of sorts.
I gathered pieces of tea stained cloth and using my sharpest scissors to create these simple images. Took my brand new spool of silver thread and machine stitched this together using mostly straight stitch with and without a presser foot. Added lines with TeeJuice fabric pen and silver leaf and fashion trim! I consider this piece and the next (pillar of fire) to be my beginning pieces to new wanderings.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dead Ends

Bits of cloth, rusted washers, stencils, stamped, rubber banded, long dips in black tea.
I've been exploring with hand made stencils and silk screen but with little satisfying results. This layout is drying and is a mixture of failed pieces dipped in a strong black tea. I like the results and think maybe I might have something to begin when I return to the studio. Today is the second day of our Indian Summer heat wave and I've planted myself in front of the fan but when I return, I will give these fabrics a try combining desert stories with my own desert dreams.