Saturday, April 26, 2008

A Birthday Gift

My dear friend Rebecca has a birthday right around the corner. Rebecca is my daughter Becca's Godmother and her namesake. She is an amazingly gifted jeweler,artist and gardener as well as one of my most treasured friends. I have just finished her birthday gift and I wanted to share it with you.


The basis of this piece is the back cover of a vintage gardening book. The end pages of the book have images of the Zone Planting Map Of the US. I mounted an old work glove (one of a pair of gloves that I rescued from the side of the street after they had weathered thru the winter weather) to the cover. I filled the glove with strips of various textured fabrics and then added two flowers and a leaf .



The flowers are created from fabric/paper that I overpainted with pink and yellow paints. I stitched around each petal and then handstitched the petals to a center of felted beads. Once all of the petals were secure I added beaded stamens. the stems are created by wrapping chenille pipe cleaners with several different green yarns and then sewing the stems to the flower.



The leaf was created using a similar stem and then sewing strips of ruched ribbon together with seed beads.



Here is a detail shot of the pink flower.


Once I had secured the flowers and the leaf inside the glove I felt that it was not quite done yet.
I decided to ad the quote at the bottom of the piece and then felt that the piece was complete. The quote reads" Art is when you hear a knocking on your soul and you answer."



For hanging, I added two gromets to the top corners and twisted on a piece of 16 g copper wire with some special beads for embellishment.



12 comments:

Doreen G said...

Wow Elizabeth this is amazing--your friend is a lucky person to receive this wonderful gift.

Sue B said...

This is gorgeous! she will love it. What a wonderful gift.

craftyhala said...

That is really beautiful.

artisbliss said...

I really love you flower petals, Elizabeth. How clever.

morningDove said...

this is a very sweet and beautiful piece full of detail and thought. What a great gift for a dear friend.

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

This is just so beautiful!! Great gift, and it will be so well received!
chris p

Dot said...

This is incredible Elizabeth! What a beautiful gift for your friend. I adore the flowers!

martha brown said...

This is so so so so so cool. I love it, Elizabeth!

Marilyn Rock said...

How creative and lovely this is! I adore this! Finding those gloves - just a path art is isn't it? Your friend is going to love this! Stunning!

Jacky said...

Elizabeth this is amazing and very creative (love that gardening glove)and your beautiful fabric paper flowers!!!

Wabbit said...

Yum... loving these flowers! You've given me the start of an idea for a project I need to do. Thanks for sharing your talent with the Bloglandian public!

catharinas-love said...

This is beautiful , i love your art !
Rini - the Netherlands

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