I have been active in my studio….honestly I have. I have been reluctant to post here on this blog (and my primary website blog) because I continually run into situations and stories about people copying, stealing images and more. This … Continue reading
Fiber Art Connection is a brand new learning venue.
This venue will offer a three month session with eight different fiber artists…and I am one of them! I am delighted to be involved with this venture.
The inspirational art I will present features hand stitching including the simply beautiful running stitch. In fact, the banner for this blog is a close up of an area from this exact art piece. Wow!
Week 8- Join Fiber artist, Deborah Babin as she leads you into the world of layered painted fabrics and paper in her class: Zen Wreath-Mixed Media. Learn how to paint interfacing, silk organza and even tissue paper to create mysterious layers that produce spectacular results. Color washes and Deborah’s layering techniques will help you bring new depth and dimension into your own art quilts. The dynamics of the floral wreath mixed media quilt will be your inspiration. Mini projects fill the week and to prepare you to create your version or utilize the patterns provided; make it your own!
The basis for my art-
My inspiration is rooted in the history of cloth; clothing and textiles that have been in our lives from the beginning of time. The various materials made available to civilizations through technologies that evolved permeate our lives. The social significance’s pertaining to cloth and cultures surround us. I have chosen to honor this history, primarily derived from the history of quilt making.
I believe that: Making art by hand combining applications of paint and stitching on textiles as well as paper invites us to embrace and see textiles as an art form.
Read about all of the artists HERE
WEEK 8-May 3rd.
This composition marks the beginning of my ZEN CLOTH BLOG. This piece conceptualized my experience with the ZEN of hand stitching. I am delighted to tell you about this here and now have the opportunity to teach the techniques I used to make it. This piece was made quite a few years ago…probably in 2009. And yet…the techniques are as fresh as they were then….as, I still use them and love them.
The simplicity….that is where the beauty lies. The simplicity of the design, the stitching and the serenity of the over all effect.
Someone recently told me that my work was calming. What a compliment!
Please take a moment and check out the FAC website. I think you will be quite amazed to see the talent that is lined up.
Let me know if you have any questions.
I love WORDS! And, I love to incorporate them into my art. Today I came across this art piece on Pinterest What a labor of love. Do you like words? Have you ever stitched words? This would be tedious for sure. … Continue reading
I came across a very unique form of hand sewn lace as done in Juarez Mexico on Facebook by Museo Textil de Oaxaca Art Gallery and Art Museum. This is an excellent facebook page on the topic of embroidery and various hand sewing methods that are representative of that area of Mexico.
Check it out here
The Randa of needle, a variant of lace that requires a lot of precision and patience in the manipulation of the thread and the needle.
There are numerous videos on related sewing methods and traditions. Very interesting!
I have a new online friend, Anne Lange. We have been communicating about embroidery; primarily using it as “free-form”. This is my favorite way to use embroidery. Anne Lange teaches embroidery in her studio in Germany and at shows, but mainly … Continue reading
Hand sewing, stitches that gradually gather, gradually making associations, suggesting shapes, defining spaces. Hand sewing with one or just a few colors on a solid fabric, light and dark; the simplicity is sublime. I learn so much from reading blogs and following … Continue reading
I follow Christine Kelley’s blog –Gentle Work
She consistently makes wonderful combinations that include hand stitching. The purity is clear…only fabrics with no color or natural colors. Today she has a link to another blog where she has been interviewed. blog
Two good blogs to read and subscribe to.
I love to mix things together.
Couching is a term that means: attached with hand stitches. Example: To attach a strand of yarn to a cloth surface, the yarn is put in place and tiny horizontal stitches are sewn across the yarn at even intervals. These stitches are hardly noticeable.
This piece is completely encrusted with lots of texture, yarns, beads, and more; which are couched on.
. It is very small, about 5″h x 4″ w. It is a jewel. I made this in 2008.
The base is assorted pieces of satin, silk and lace stitched together by machine. The surface is filled. It was spontaneous and I love it to this day.
It is amazing how much can be put into such a small area.