Saturday, June 17, 2017

Spring Sample

13"x18", assorted treated fabric, tea stained, flour paste, beads, embroidery and machine stitching.

When I'm between projects or otherwise locked into 'real life' I have a habit of stitching together blocks of scrap fabric and just stitch when time allows. It is a way of staying in the game, trying ideas out or repeating favorites. This has quite a mix and I edged it in a scrap of red and black stripes. Getting closer to stepping into the abyss...will keep you posted!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Blue Oasis

10"x12", magazine photos, tissue, embroidery, ornate trim. Used the magazine photo of Jerusalem as a base and then added cloth, tissue and embroidery. Fascinated with a strong blue on this one maybe because we are having such blue sky days here at the beach. Always like adding my stitches and now see the imagery looking more like an island floating in blue. I will never get to travel to Jerusalem so this will be my own private ancient city.
Spring is full of home repair and garden clean-up...studio time is  lately rare. I'm thinking of sewing together some cloth as a base or backdrop and Just Stitching as a soft meditation, maybe a simple time of grace.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nomadic welcome

12"x13", tea stained cloth, machine and hand stitching, gold foil, hand cut stamps.

This piece began with the story of the Nomads and how they have a custom of never turning away the stranger. I used the colors brown, red and black to denote the common colors of desert weaving. Actually had a very different kettle but I felt it didn't fit with the other shapes so I did what I rarely do...dismantle the shape. This time I used a photo transfer of an ancient kettle that I thought a better "fit". I used foil with the addition of stitches.