Tuesday, July 27, 2010

How did we get here?

July is winding down and summer is breezing by at a rapid pace. Amazing how you think in May that you have an entire summer spread out before you with a million plans. Then all of a sudden it's mid July and you start to panic because you realize there isn't that much time left to do all the things you wanted.

The panic set in last week as my daughter & I realized that we only had 3 weeks left before she leaves for college. I also leave for a high school reunion 2 days before she leaves, which gives ME even less time.
We are scurrying around like squirrels gathering the last of the acorns before winter in an attempt to get all the  "stuff" she needs for her apartment, school supplies and last but not least all the clothes she needs/wants!
So far, we're doing pretty good at gathering. Of course then it all needs to be packed...

Needless to say, time spent in my studio has been precious little! I haven't worked on my second tree piece since the last post. I am however working on another felted, embroidered, beaded piece for another mixed media type piece like my "Autumn Detritus" &  "Tidal Pool". They were both done by hand and then mounted onto painted, collaged canvas, with more stitching, beading added.  I like to have something to work on at night, so this is my current project whilst being a couch potato in the evenings!


I started with a piece of wool felt that I laid bits of painted silk chiffon; dyed silk strips; silk and wool fibers;and alpaca fibers down on, then needle felted. It started to take on an underwater look and feel. Possibly a coral garden?? At this stage the only hand sewing I had done was the copper mesh ribbon that I manipulated into a coral-like shape and stitched down. Since then I have begun to add, silk ribbon stitches and regular embroidery floss. I will take photos of the stage I'm at now before I begin to add beads.

As I look at the photo now, the blue water areas really show a lot of movement. I like that! Lots of swirling water. Very cool. Amazing how you see things so differently when you photograph it.

Gotta run...More gathering of back-to-school essentials to be bought!
Enjoy the rest of your summer as it is slipping away rapidly.
Live your life creatively~
cathy

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"Do not be afraid to go out on a limb. That is where the fruit is." anonymous

Quick update on my 2nd piece in the 'tree' series. I posted this photo above in a previous post when this was in the early stages. I have since added a little more ink, fused some sheer fabrics that were stamped with alcohol ink, and fused some netting. Then I added some batik borders and have started to free motion quilt my trees.

This particular photo shows me stitching the sky.


The trees with the first phase of stitching with some weeds & grasses stitched as well.



A closer view and you can see the stamped words on the sheer fabric that has become a tree trunk.

Several spools of thread later and I'm almost done with the trees. Just need some darker and lighter accent
stitching. I have decided to leave them bare of leaves--or naked if you prefer. I kind of like the sculptural quality of naked trees in late fall.

I am also working on a felted piece that will be embroidered and beaded then added to a painted/collaged canvas. Will show photos later.

Right now I'm waiting on some setacolor paints to dry. I spent a couple hours today doing some sun printing on silk, using setacolor paints. I've got my fingers crossed that the huge piece I painted will turn out pretty good. I'm hoping to use it as a whole cloth quilt. We'll see.....

Will keep you posted. Until then...live your life creatively~
cathy