Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Minoan Tea Cloth"

7" x 12" cotton, printed  mint leaf images and glass-like beads. Sample 2 is composed of printed leaves that I had printed and posted on Oct. 3rd. In creating this piece, I rediscovered the blanket stitch and used it on the leaf shapes and all around the piece. Its a great stitch, easy with a nice little line. What I've noticed on museum sites and research magazines is the beauty (now faded and chipped) of ordinary, everyday use items of ancient desert people...fascinating!
 I have plans to bleach some of these samples but before I can do that I need a neutralizing agent to stop the bleach process and my art store is out of stock. This is going to be a busy time as I have a long list of 'things' I want to try!

True Indian Summer weather, cool in the morning, hot in the afternoon and dark and chilly earlier in the evening! Along with the great weather has been a not so interesting aspect ... allergies...my eyes are watering like  faucets...oh well!

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  1. This is wonderful, I'll be keeping an eye out for those new experiments :-)

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    1. Bren, Thank you for the good words...stay tuned!

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  2. Mint tea, perhaps? an interesting idea. nice stitches. you always have a unique way of looking at things.

    and it is great to read you will be busy with many new things to try. always an exciting time.

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    1. Suki, Yes, mint tea! I'm just at the beginning of this focus on ancient memory, archeology so I'm hoping it will grow deeper and even richer.

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  3. I love this whole piece and admire your versatility and creative spark.

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    1. Bridget, So nice to have you drop by...versatility...we shall see?!

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  4. I love the play on the concept of "tea cloth."

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    1. louciao, Thank you...that is the key here...play!

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  5. You always get my mind ticking..... Minoan tea cloths and ancient desert people. I'm enjoying the stitching in your work. This piece is lovely!

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    1. Robyn, Thank you about the stitches...it has been years since I did some of these old-fashioned stitches...my fingers feel big and awkward!

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  6. wonderful... all your experiments, and would love to see these in person, I imagine the detailing is superb..

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    1. I agree, the inks, paints make lovely mixes on the cotton fabric. I've also used some Pentel crayons especially for fabric which you iron to set...nice!

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  7. I love this, what fun to delve into other things than painting. I love this antique look and the blanket stitch, something so rich and earthy about it. I look forward to seeing it bleached too. I think the tea cloth will need a story to go with it then. You are an explorer, that's for sure! You inspire.

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  8. ZDS, Thank you! I'm using these first prints as stuff to make samples but like you I'm eager to add a story.
    The neutralizer just arrived for bleaching...scary?!

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  9. So glad I got myself in gear to go a'blogging tonight Maryanne!
    Love this. The title got me first up... Minoan culture is a love of mine too.. sisters in spirit we are with some of those shared loves!
    Dipping into the ancients seems like a fine place of inspiration for this crazy old world really... perrenial things make sense of time and all things just keep moving in cycles... over and over...

    Waving to you from over here!
    S

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