Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This is how the Passion for Purple project is looking so far. Here are Adrienne's purple background squares (10"), overlaid with the first circle from me (8"diameter). Can't wait to see what Jaye puts on top of these vibrating yellowy-oranges. There will be two more circles placed on top. Then, we'll quarter the blocks up and swap them.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
A nepeta (or catmint)flower. Related to catnip but doesn't have enough of the enticing oils to make my cats roll around on it. That and it is in a planter with a very thorny rose!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Then my eyes landed upon an open box of fabric, with the perfect solution sitting right on top. You can buy it here Las Caritas: over sized crazyvibrant mexican paper mache' mask faces. The background of the fabric was a great blending-in blue color too, which was a nice bonus. So after some fussy cutting, I steam-a-seamed (an iron-on fusible)these little faces on the front and the back of the shirt. I haven't stitched around the edges and am going to test out how well the steam-a-seam works as far as washability goes..Hope they stay on and don't fray at the edge.
And a pig face on my hip just to state the obvious!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I just made three postcards for the Green Postcard Challenge.
Go check out what everyone else made, there are some really cool recycled materials being used.
Mine are pretty conventional and are made with:
fabric scraps that most normal people throw away
rescued/recycled upholstery fabric
painted batting leftovers
a green ribbon from an Amazon.com gift
a mesh plastic bag that used to have limes (it melted on the postcard above, you can see the remnants as a very cool grid-ish pattern on the left side)
all on fusible batting scraps.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Still Life with Dog, I made short handles that go over from one side to the other and placed them far apart so that the groceries can be shoved in easily.
Still Life with Dog, Reversed. Zelda isn't too excited about my totebag making activities. As long as I don't take too many flash pictures she tolerates most of the modeling demands I make of her. This fabric is fun to work with as it is completely reversible.
But then there is of course another consumer of new bag goodness around here. Spike is the right size so he gets to fully immerse himself in that new bag smell. He actually purrs and is quite happy when we do this to him, so no charges of pet abuse please.
And here is another bag, this time outside sunning itself on the chaise lounge in the sun. It is gigantic and I'm not sure whether I'll be able to heft it if it is filled with groceries. Unless they are the fluffy light-weight varieties like marshmallows or kleenex or cool whip. C'mon do you really think I buy cool whip? Bleah! Marshmallows are only bought when we go camping. Otherwise it is hard to get me away from the microwave where I am experimenting with how many seconds is best to melt them (have you ever done this, they look like they're alive in there!).
This is the reverse shot of the same bag, showing the tuck that I finagled into the bottom. I also made sure to sew the bottom seam twice for added strength, and used a pretty large seam allowance.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
During. Only a little purple and pink has been added here. Very hard to see any change as the colors are just too close to the existing fabric color.
And After. Can you see the difference now? Used some spring green and that definitely "popped" the shape a bit more.
Don't expect much more out of me however. Having a horrible cold for a couple of days is not helping my productivity at all. I'm surprised my nose is still attached from all the sneezing. At first I figured it was seasonal allergies since everything is a'blooming around here. sniffle sniffle. koff koff.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Layering the fibers and then punching the needle in and out take a while. I was surprised at how long it took to really cover this small area. Now I see why people are buying those embellisher machines.
Every now and then you have to lift the piece up off of the foam, other wise it will get stuck on. This is a shot of the reverse so you can see the fibers sticking up.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I wish I could post the smell of these blooms for you along with the pictures. Wouldn't that be an innovation, get on it already Google! We just had a couple of 80F plus days so the bushes outside are a little droopy and past their prime. I guess the temporary insanity provoked by the overpowering scent of lilacs is on its way out, for this year. The intoxicating scent seems to slow me down, like completely, there must be something genetic about it, it happens to my mom too. Good thing they only bloom for a couple of weeks right!?
Saturday, April 05, 2008
The facing page says"Abundance Flows!", it features gold painted background, colored pencil, watercolor pencil on paper, the Gundestrup Cauldron, some prismatic origami paper and two magazine images.
This page has gold painted background, copper stamping, an ArtChix photo, placed in a magazine ad picture of a picture frame, two other magazine photos and some glitter trails for the butterfly.
The facing page has these words stamped on watercolor crayoned paper: "Don't Panic! They told her. She couldn't Imagine that she could Be brave enough to see, see truth that she was able to create enough abundance for her self." The stamps are from ArtGirlz. There is also some gold paint, some copper stamping and glitter trapped between the page and the transparent overleaf that I mistakenly glued (gotta work with your mistakes, right?). Holes are punched through and black/gold cording are threaded through and knotted.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
There are tons of pictures of submissions from all over the world (I'm on page two). The gas station is located in Syracuse, NY, and there is an opening reception in May, I hope if you live nearby you can go check it out. I can't wait to see the pictures of how the gas station looks when it is recovered.
Here is a closeup, showing the image of my original quilt "Justice" which I produced at the beginning of this endless pointless war back in 2003. A main part of the imagery dealt with oil and $$$, so I wanted to re-visit my original piece and see what else I had to say on this subject.
It seemed to me that we have come some many steps further down the road towards the death and destruction of our country, culture and world that Justice is indeed in an Overwhelmed state, all in the pursuit of securing our access to oil.
I'm re-reading what I wrote on the back of the original Justice quilt and I'm struck by how sad I am that I was right. I really truly wish I had been wrong about the war. That it turned out to be quick, easy, painless, and successful as was promised. I'm sad, but I'm not at all surprised.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
We had to do a 4x4 grid of 4" squares with one "focus" fabric as our inspiration or jumping off point.
We were supposed to be working with different color values, intensities, etc.
And what this exercise really did was to teach me what is missing in my stash of dyed fabrics! Not enough lights, that is for darned sure.
And I'm completely out of green and red.
Time to clear off the mess that is the dyeing sink and get to work I think.