Fiber Art Connection-A Brand New Learning Venue

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.

 

ZEN WREATH

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Zen Wreath 18×18″ double click for a larger image

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!

Zen Wreath Detail

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.

The Wrap

I have been following jude hilltextile artist Jude Hill for quite a few years now. She remains a dominant influence for me. Actually, I started this blog when I discovered her. I was going through a challenging time and I had to find a way to calm myself. I decided to sit myself down and hand stitch as a purposeful activity to relax my mind…to create calmness; and it worked.

She has videos on you tube that are wonderful. She often records herself talking about something important. Her writing reflects her thinking which to me is equivalent to beautiful poetry. Her writings are thought provoking.

Check out what she has going on at www.spiritcloth.com

 

Hand Sewing Lace-Juarez Mexico

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!

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Mixing Up Media-Embroidery

In my new online course MIXING UP MEDIA basic embroidery stitches are included. I love to add (simple) stitches to my art. Many times I prefer to use simple stitches with dynamic colorful thread and beads. In MIXING UP MEDIA you … Continue reading

Artful Mending

I discovered a new source for hand stitching SLOW FASHION STYLE. There is a face book group that focuses on this topic under the same name. It means to hand sew revealing the work artfully; instead of hiding or blending mending present it with pride.

This topic interests me very much. I tried my hand at this on my grandsons jeans. He had torn the knee completely across. This was the perfect subject to try. He asked for red thread. I like that. I put a new piece of denim under the hole, pinned it and stitched to attach it.

Here is an interesting video about what is going on in the UK with artful mending. VIDEO

Let me know what you think about this. Have you done any? I would like to see them. Double click the picture to see it large. Then zoom in to see the stitches. He loved them and put them on immediately. He had the biggest smile.

The knee mended with red thread.

The knee mended with red thread.

Successful Transformation

The silk project has been successfully transformed.  There is a bit more hand stitching left to do.

Detail

Corner Detail

The first round of stitches show through the organza.  I wanted to enhance and integrate the composition without losing the effort I had put in already. I like the way the stitches have taken on a mysterious look.

Another Corner Detail

Zen and Now

Definitions:

ZEN: a major school of Buddhism originating in 12th-century China that emphasizes enlightenment through meditation and insight

CLOTH: fabric made by weaving, knitting, or felting thread or fibers

The purpose of this blog is to explore these terms by the unification of handwork; stitching cloth by hand.

Handwork: work done by hand not by machine.

Handwork+Cloth=ZEN