Thursday, September 30, 2010

Patching things up for Louise

My girlfriend, Kim, has a cute 8-year old "puppy", Louise.
Louise liked the bedspread on Kim's son's bed soooo much...
 she ate a big hole out of it!
So Kim and I put our collective creative heads together and...
sewed bits of fabric from a suit of Kim's husband...
and now the bedspread is sportin' a fine, handsome patch.
And Louise has reclaimed her rightful position as queen of the house :).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Unforgotten in cloth, felt and stitches

For a while now, I've been wanting to combine the various media and techniques I've learned into one piece. I challenged myself to do just that in this piece entitled "Unforgotten".  Inspired by the poem by Robert Service, I wet-felted the background and then added details in fabric and stitches to render the written into the visual. The images can be enlarged by clicking on them.

I know a garden where the lilies gleam,
And one who lingers in the sunshine there;
She is than white-stoled lily far more fair,
And oh, her eyes are heaven-lit with dream!
I know a garret, cold and dark and drear,
And one who toils and toils with tireless pen,
Until his brave, sad eyes grow weary – then
He seeks the stars, pale, silent as a seer.
And ah, it’s strange; for, desolate and dim,
Between these two there rolls an ocean wide;

Yet he is in the garden by her side
And she is in the garret there with him.
Poem by Robert Service
merino and corriedale wool roving, cotton, linen, embroidery thread, beads, cord, hand wet felted, machine and hand stitching

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Xylem : Stitched

The life of a wall-hanging: 
From inspiration...
From "Heaven and Earth", published by Phaidon
to cutting and swirling and piecing and stitching...
to finished hanging...
to its debut at the "Come Out and Play" art show...
to sending it off to a new home :).
Adios Amiga!