Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wavelength 12" w x 24" h 2011

Another monthly challenge in my artist group, Loose Threads.  The inspiration word was wave and the challenge technique was low tech tucks.  I started with four prints of my photo of the wake behind a ferry.  For the tucks I painted fusible web to resemble abalone shell and ironed it onto white fabric.  Now I had a technical challenge because I had created a very plastic material that was difficult to crease, iron, and sew down.  This photo doesn't show such detail but there are hand sewn beads holding down each tuck.  My own critique of this work is that I had a good idea but the technique got away from me.  Precision isn't my strong suit but I continue to be intrigued by how I can use my own photographs to be original.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pyroclastic Flow 15"x38" 2011

As soon as I was challenged to create my interpretation of the word passion,
I knew what I wanted to do.  The dictionary defines pyroclastic flow as
"a dense mass of very hot ash, lava fragments, and gases ejected explosively from a volcano and typically flowing downslope at great speed".
That strikes me as a good metaphor for the emotion of passion.  I started with an old polyester knit top I'd saved probably since the nineties because I liked the flowing lines on it.  Then I started adding "hot lava" in the form of foiled organza, metallic lame, Razzle Dazzle threads, and lots of beads stitched on and as fringe at the bottom.  Even though the laboriously slow process of beading would cool any passion, I must say I'm glad I got this piece out of my system.

Monday, April 4, 2011

On the Road Again 12" x 12" 2011

In my other art group, Sew Eclectic, we are creating little quilts inspired by phrases.  Hence this little one, ironically created very quickly.  My sister shot the photo of me enjoying the thrill of roof riding one of London's red tour buses.  Then we sped through the Chunnel to Brussels aboard the Eurostar high speed train.  At the moment, this little quilt seems to illustrate the pace of my life ever since.  More travel, the birth of our first grandchild, more travel, the opening of a new CFA show in Bakersfield, the purchase of a second home on the central coast of California, more travel, and today I'm on the road again to San Francisco.  No complaints but little studio time lately.  Lots of knitting done though!