Saturday, September 26, 2009

Autumn Anticipation

I started out with the intention of making another piece of paper cloth, this time using reds, oranges, and yellows. But I ended up trying an experiment with fabric instead, using Mistyfuse as an adherent instead of the glue mixture. I intended to cut it up into smaller pieces to possibly make a wearable art pin or bookmark, but it looked so nice as one piece, I decided to make a quilt sandwich using felt as batting and then went to town with the embellishments. I love the colors and textures of autumn!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Little Treasures

Here are the beautiful pieces I received last week in the swap. As hard as it was to part with the pieces I created, it was exciting and touching to see the treasures everyone else made! I was amazed by the variety of colors, techniques, and materials as well as the time and effort everyone put in. The artists, left to right and top to bottom are Kendell Storm, Lynda Long, Jamie Horikawa, Melanie Hulse, Judy Gignesi, Vivien Zepf, Margaret Phillips, Mary Ann Healy, Micki Tedeschi, Carole Hoffman, Jane Davila, Natalya Aikens, M. Buhl, Joyce Sullivan, Barbara Sferra, Nancy Mirman, S. Rieber, Joanne Lubchenko, Kathi Jahnke, Carolyn Cooney, Gail Ellspermann, Cecelia Leiseroff, Mayann Weinberg, Kathryn Lange, Susan Schrott, Norma Schlager, Anne Louise Lyman, and Carrie Vollrath. Now I just have to figure out how and where to display them...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Macro photos

Now that the 4x4 swap is done, the fiberarts group I meet with monthly is beginning a new challenge: creating a piece of art based on a macro photograph. We had an assignment last month to begin taking some macro shots, so I've been trying to keep my eye open for interesting details. These are some of the shots I've come up with so far. My camera can only get within a few inches and no closer, so I've zoomed in further with the photo-editing software. Many of these items came from the garage. Can you tell what they are?

(a straw broom, where the straw meets the handle)

(a portion of a push broom)

This is my favorite one so far, probably because it is green and organic, as opposed to all the utilitarian objects above. It's a portion of a very large leaf we saw at the Kendall sculpture garden last week. The veining in it reminds me of malachite. I also love the way the central vein cuts diagonally across the photo, and one side is darker than the other.

I'm still not sure how I would transform any of these into fabric...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

4x4 FiberArt Swap

Here, at last, are the swap pieces I've been working on all summer! The final number we had to make was 30, so I will not show you all of them, just my favorites. These first four are from the first batch of "paper cloth" I made, way back in May. Some of the materials I used for embellishing were copper wire figures (I had fun figuring out how to make fish and sailboats out of one long piece of wire) and stamped fish (I carved the stamps myself out of rubber erasers).

These are from the second batch of "paper cloth." The paper I used was a lighter shade, and after it dried (but before I quilted it) I stamped it with various acrylic paints (using stamps made from dried glue squiggles on cardboard and bubble wrap). The seahorse stamp was also carved into a rubber eraser and really makes a nice sharp image, especially using Stazon Inks on paper. The little shells were created out of polymer clay and were touched up with copper pearl ex powders. Some of the seaweed is made from copper pot scrubbers I got from the dollar store and cut up.
I used copper mesh and embossed copper sheeting on these last few pieces. I was able to get pretty good detail on the fish and seashells (below). The fish is also painted with alcohol inks to give it a little color.

I began struggling for new ideas at this point and almost abandonded this color scheme for more autumnal shades of orange, yellow, and red, but I persevered and found some new materials to work with. I used yellow produce netting to resemble sunlight passing through water in the piece on the right.
These are my final two pieces. I think they make a nice pair, side by side, and would look good framed in a spa or bathroom setting! But now they are off to their new owners!
As much as I hated to see them go, I was thrilled to see all the little treasures the other group members created! I will try to get them photographed and posted soon. I am considering stitching up a hanging piece with clear acrylic pockets to display them all in. I just need to find some wall space in the house to hang it on...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Birthday Outing

This weekend I celebrated my birthday by going with my husband, parents and children to the Kendall Sculpture Garden on the grounds of the Pepsico Headquarters in Purchase, NY. The weather was perfect for walking around viewing the sculptures, and we all enjoyed discussing our interpretations of the various pieces. Below are some of my favorite shots:

This one is called "Girl with a Dolphin," by David Wynne. This was a family favorite. With the fountain flowing over and around it, it really gives the illusion and sensation of two figures swimming in a spiral around each other. It is really something to experience.
This one is called "Double L Excentric Gyratory II" by George Rickey. My daughters particularly loved watching it swing and change in the breeze.
This is "The Family of Man" by Barbara Hepworth. I just love the ancient look of these. They seem to be connecting us to each other and to our ancestors.
This is "Composition in Stainless Steel No. 1" by Gidon Graetz. I'm glad it has a name that leaves it completely open to interpretation. I saw a flying bird, my daughter saw an ice cream cone. The reflections on the piece also alter the viewer's perception of it.
Here is "Hats off" by Alexander Calder. His pieces always look so happy to me. Maybe it's the orange.
And here's another one by David Wynne, "Grizzly Bear," beautifully carved out of black granite. It sits on the edge of a pond and is just awsome to see.
I always like to include art and the outdoors in family outings. This one was particularly enjoyable. If you live in the NY metropolitan area, check it out! Another bonus: It's free!