Friday, November 30, 2012

"Light"

10"x12", black satin, gelatin overprint, gold, silver, navy iridescent metallic threads, gold trim. It began with this very shiny, very black satin cloth from my scrap box. Placing the gelatin over print image of a menorah asked for some brightness. So as I sifted through my threads I found gold, silver and a navy blue iridescent. I used a variety of stitches,,,,a 3 stitch flower or in this case a star, french knots, blanket stitch and satin stitch for the gold candles.I added the gold trim on the bottom as a last touch. I was going to use fringe but it looked rather like an add on or after thought. I liked it so much I put it into a frame and it has an illumination that really marks, for me, the menorah and the Hanukkah holiday. Actually framing this piece began a complete revamping of my framed work in the house. I have spent a good bit of time refreshing my walls with more recent work and it has been a true spirit lifter!

Rain and more rain. I plan my trips out when we have some dry time. It's amazing how much can be done at home...netflix, pay bills online, order items online! Today will be soup and studio work and more rain! Have a great weekend rain or shine!!

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    1. Suz, Your words touch me with your ability to find the heart of this piece...light!

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  2. This has the feel of a very old sacred tapestry.
    As for the rain.... it is still raining over here. Week after week.... after week.

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    1. Robyn, I was going for 'very old sacred tapestry'...thank you!
      I'm surprised you are having so much rain but it is the last of spring...summer heat soon!

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  3. beautiful and truly communicates the essence of light

    speaking of light, instead of rain we are having a light snow

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    1. Suki, Thank you...I think the metallics are good for expressing light!
      You must have your woolly socks...all ready for light and heavy snow!!

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  4. Best when personal meaning and aesthetic merge...the piece is gorgeous!

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    1. Marie, I agree...my first time to use this image and it feels right...thank you.

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  5. This piece so very effectively radiates light in the darkness. Lovely work.

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    1. louciao, Thank you, the so dark cloth (in my scrap box for over 10 years) seems perfect now for the metallic threads...!

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    1. Mim, Thank you so much for stopping by...this piece is lighting a corner of my studio! Happy Holiday!

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  7. There is something about this piece that brings a smile to my face, there is a quirkiness, a uniqueness to it that I love.

    I thought I lived in the rainforest! This is the complaint of those of us in the Pacific Northwest, grey, rain, grey rain and on and on.

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    1. Oh, Yes, Quirkiness is a perfect word...it makes me smile too! It might be the crooked gold candles or the misshapen menorah?
      Rainforest...how magical and your greens or truly green!

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  8. Hi Mary Ann! This piece has such a joyous, tribal/ancient, gorgeous simplicity/authenticity to it. The candle lights and stars dance through the darkness. The perfect spirit for a festival of light!

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    1. Sharon, What a delight to read your comment...thank you! Yes, the spirit is important to enjoy the festival of lights...we are attending a giant menorah lighting ceremony outdoors...very joyful!

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  9. Lovely piece right in time for Chanukah! Hag Semach! Happy Holiday to a fellow quilt artist! ;-)

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    1. Lynn, Thank you so much and Happy Chanukah to you and your family!
      I'm spending the winter with fabric and all sorts of new skills...very exciting time for me!

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  10. beautiful! Chag urim sameach!

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