Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Chant

12"14", cotton cloth, digital photos on organza, hand cut stencil, beads, machine and hand stitching and band of trim.
I'm not fond of words in my art so whenever I can I obscure the letters so they become more of lines and markings but this series is all about ancient scribes so I've changed things up a little. The letter of this piece is Kof and I've stenciled three in gold at the bottom. I've placed the word holy (3 times) above which begins with the letter Kof reading from right to left. Actually holy is associated with this letter with many examples. The center photo of wild grass on organza is to me one choice of holy ground. I laid this sheer photo over a painted yellow paper towel so it would have a glow. Loved doing my simple little stitches and bead work. The assortment of fabrics were soaked, dipped or brushed with a mixture of green and gold fabric paint...again I was going for some glow!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Orange All Around

I have here a real mix of Orange as examples of today's Roy G Biv day search. The first one is a mixed media piece on a wood panel which includes paper, paint and cloth. The second piece is all beeswax on wood except for the square buttons and paper writing strips and the third is a cloth piece which includes stitching, beads and ink. For more places to search out Orange you might visit Julie and Jennifer

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Marble Arch

11"x18", cotton, satin, flour paste resist, beads, hand and machine stitching, black ribbon.Hebrew letter pronounced Kaf.
The title was plucked out of the beautiful song "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen.
The letter Kaf is a letter defining the cup as in cup of blessings and the wisdom relates to transforming this cup of blessings into a crown. The rich ancient writings, definitions and sweet metaphors speak to me in the present moment. The inspirational book I'm reading is "Eyes Remade for Wonder" by Laurence Kushner.
All the gray fabric has gone through the flour paste resist process. The top (arch) is a satin and the rest cotton. I see these lower long narrow cloths representing columns or as in remaining walls left standing in the dark with the writing of the letter and the scribes writing at the bottom. The yellow painted stamps and stained cloth seem to be remnants of remaining color. Each of these pieces develop and grow with me not always in the lead but rather looking, trying this or that. It's all pretty much a slow process of seeing what becomes important and what needs to go. I need to begin large enough so there is room to cut away or rip out.