Monday, March 9, 2015

Sparks of Heaven

13"x15", cotton cloth, hand stitching, silver beads, stencil created with molding paste, silk photo transfer (Dead Sea Scroll), silver leaf, blue trim.
The letter Tsadi (four examples above) is a letter of commands beginning in words that are about doing good deeds and repairing the world with healing efforts. Turning back even and revisiting past mistakes. Beautiful concepts of mending divine sparks.

I tried applique' for the first time with the letters, ironing a thin fabric to the painted cloth and then stitching. I needed to hand stitch this whole piece because I created a raised stencil (molding paste) and I was worried the needle would break if I tried to machine stitch.

Update: Well, Spring is almost here and we didn't get the rain we had so hoped for...I'm losing two large tree like shrubs and will miss not only the privacy but also sharing living space with the little neighborhood birds. I know others have too much snow and rain and here I am complaining...need to follow my mothers advice: Bloom where you are planted.


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    1. Thank you so much Connie...the silver makes a nice glow.

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  2. The letters at the top look like plants to me - beautiful shape! I also really like your molding paste stenciling! Another beauty, Mary Ann!

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    1. Sharmon, First time I used molding paste on cloth and it has held up to paint and silver leaf and even a light iron...thank you!

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  3. How I would love to see these up close, your work always inspires me... thank you so much...

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    1. Caterina, Up close the texture of the molding paste is very pronounced. So nice to know my work has inspired ..thank you so much!

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  4. Hi Mary Ann..this is a beautiful and meaningful series coming together.-Julie

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    1. Oh Julie, Thank you...this has been challenging adding words and letters to this fabric art making but I have two more to go and I'm feeling okay moving forward.

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