Saturday, September 25, 2010

Some Small Works in progress

The small collage above is for the page swap that I am participating in. The gal who will recieve this page had chosen Leaves as her page theme. I am having alot of fun working on this piece, doing all of the work by hand and using only my own hand dyed or hand painted textiles in the work.

I have been enjoying playing around with my small sun printed bits and I have begun to create some small collages for a Call for Art that has been sent out by Liberty Town in Fredericksburg, VA. It is time for me to get back into the juried art game after taking a bit of a break after both of my Bird textile Collage pieces were rejected from the Birds and Words Show. One has to keep on plugging and take all lessons wherever we can find them. We learn valuable things from both the good and the not so great! So I have "gotten back on the bike", so to speak and I will be entering at least one piece to the 6x6 Show for October. The rules state that all mediums are welcome both 2-d and 3-d, but no piece may be larger than 6 inchesby 6 inches by 6inches.
The pictures below are all pieces that I will consider submitting for the Liberty Town Show. I have done all of the stitching work on these pieces by hand and all of the fabrics have been hand dyed or painted by me, using a whole variety of different techniques. Lately I have been enjoying following the blog called Spirit Cloth by phenomenol textile artist Jude Hill. If you do not know of Jude , her classes and her wonderful blog, I cannot reccommend it highly enough.
You simply must stop by for a visit and see what wonders she creates with simple cloth and thoughtful hand done stitch!!
Combining simple techniques, by hand with wonderful color and lots of thought are all things that Jude espouses and I find that I am really enjoying following along in my own way, with my own work. I think that some of you may see her influence is some of my recent collage work.

This sun print was done using an entire tiny maple tree seedling. Each fall, I ahve hundreds of these little guys popping up all over the yard. The leaves are so tiny and perfect and the roots of this one appeared in the sunprint. I backed it with a piece of monoprinted cloth that shows root-like threads flowing down at the bottom. With some added stitching a filled in the roots of the sun print making them extend off of the sun printed cloth and onto the background.

This collage is quickly becoming my favorite as I love the way the clover left it's halo on the linen cloth. The colors may have something to do with it as well!! I think that I will call this piece "IN CLOVER".

I like the feeling of depth that has been achieved by backing this crisp acacia leaf print with the softer fern sun print background cloth. The lemon green frayed cloth at the bottom is a scrap of hand dyed silk.

Below you will find the three finished mini Art Quilts that I have submitted for the 6x6 show at Liberty Town.

For each piece I used ahnd dyed or painted cloth for the backing fabric and I added a simple hanging sleeve and small dowel rod and wire for ahnging purposes. This is In Clover and is 6x6 inches.

This is Acacia and is 5x6.

This is Maple and is 4.5x6.

As I have enjoyed creating these pieces I think that I am going to go ahead and make several more textile/mixed media collages for several upcoming Small Works and Holiday Shows.


Jeannie said...

Beautiful work! I love how sun prints provide surprises the more you look at them. Enjoy your weekend.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

I am so glad you decided to enter three works in 6 x 6. They are unique and lovely. Your handwork and sense of design, not to mention the cool sun prints makes them stand out. I would love to see more fiber works in the show.

It seems as if the fiber workshop yesterday was a success. It was great to see that level of participation, especially on a weekend with SO MUCH going on in town and with the weather doing its 97 degree thing! Congrats!

MosaicMagpie said...

I so enjoyed seeing these, lovely little quilts. I especially like the maple tree seedling. I have seen the paper that reacts with the sun like this, but not fabric. How did you get the different colors in the background.

Plays with Needles said...

Your small works are larger than life now that you've framed them so beautifully with story cloth...I'm looking forward to the next chapter...

Boxoftrix said...

Beautiful pieces! love your work

Deborah said...

These are beautiful!

Kelly said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I love your mini quilts! The sun printing looks like it would be fun!


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