Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sand & Bone

11"x16", cotton cloth, embroidery, machine stitching, paint and tea stained cloth, bone colored beads.
To begin this series I was taken up with my journal writing as a launching device. I wrote about white (series is about color) and all the memories connected to white such as clean crisp sheets, white oil based semi-gloss paint, white ceramic tile but as I began this piece it quickly became a mixture of grays, bone and tea stains. So I followed the mixed lead and white will just show up another time. These colors became important as the marks on marks of bleached leaves, beads worn and missing with gray medallions hardly noticed ... a wind blown structure revealed?
I'm still trying to sew on the sewing machine in free style and need to keep at it. I'm excited about exploring the colors as memory and I intend to use this blog as more of a sharing place. Not sure how many people are stopping by so I'm feeling fairly safe in using this space as a way to dig deeper and express my findings. Lots of colors out there so here I go. I will always have a connection to archaeology, memory, nature and I believe fabric will see me through this exploration.


11 comments:

  1. I love hearing how you worked your way from idea to finished piece. Beautiful colour and texture.

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    1. Carol, Just when I thought I was writing in the wind...thank you for stopping by!

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  2. This confirms my experience and ideas about making art and being creative. One just has to start and beautiful art can appear, in which knowledge and preferences, likings and feelings are happily combined. Beautiful work again, Mary Ann

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    1. We are like minded on this art making...thank you!

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  3. I appreciate your art and journaling about your process Mary Ann and will return to read more about your explorations. This piece really speaks to me. It reminds me of the old hunters tunics in Mali.

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    1. Robyn, Words can be like a blessing...thank you. I love the idea of this piece being aligned with hunters tunics in Mali...wow!

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  4. Simplicity and complexity in one. Love it!

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  5. Lovely as usual and I feel fortunate to be able to "hear" your thoughts and feelings about it!

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