I’ve begun a new series of works, all revolving around floral motifs. The first in this “Garden Series” is Circle Garden. In the next few blog posts, I will show a few pictures that show a little of the process involved. I call these fabric collage, a form of painting with fabric, thread and embellishments.
These photos show my beginning process, from placement to embellishment.
Composed mostly of silk fabrics up-cycled from blouses, ties and scarves found at local thrift stores and estate sales. Shapes and colors are chosen, arranged, then fused to a background. Hand embroidery and embellishing continue the process before the finished composition is mounted on a 12″ x 12″ x 1.5″ deep canvas.
This work was inspired by a similar Rex Ray design, an artist I greatly admire. A group of 6 fiber artists rose to a challenge to each create a 12″ x 12″ work of fiber art with the common theme of CIRCLES. This is my entry.
Artists from left to right, top to bottom:
Denise Spillane, Traci Hutton, Carolyn Skei, April Soncrant, Carol Regan, & Olga Brock
Our submission will be a part of the “Fiber Visions: Dallas Area Fiber Artists Brazos Gallery” exhibit at Richland Community College during the month of October.
We even made it on the postcard! So excited!
I keep looking for my artistic voice. Making fiber collage is leading me toward a good direction. We’ll see how this develops.
There’s been more than a little bit of brainstorming going on lately. Stuff I will share with you as we go along . . . but let’s just say, I’m planning on changing things up quite a lot! It involves taking my business up a level. Offer more, take some risks.
I’m currently making samples for a fabric flower making class. Had to modify the design to make them no-sew friendly. The prototypes were HUGE! The measurements seemed all worked out, but instead ended up as ginormous blooms. Still tweaking the process, but they are turning out rather attractive.
Fort Worth’s Main Street art festival was this past weekend. The weather was perfect, 70’s and low 80’s, only a tiny bit of rain. The artists all seemed to be pumped and very busy! So many new ideas and inspiring works on display. If you have a chance to go to a local art fair, go! Surrounding yourself with beautiful artwork will invigorate your senses and activate the desire to create.
FYI – Traci Hutton will be at Eliza’s Art In The Yard, April 18. You may just find some fabric twine or wire-worked art pieces there, so check it out.
I’ve been crazy busy today, trying to make up lost time from this past weekend. A bad cold laid me low for a few days, seriously cutting into painting time. This coming Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, I’ll be at Funky Finds!!! Please come and visit my booth, #119, directly across from Mary’s Madness in booth #217. I’ll be there from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Hope to see you there!
Ideas swimming through my head. One for a banner that I’ll have to dust off my sewing machine to finish. Another for a display fixture I need to get pieces for. I’ll take pics and show them both to you later. For now, feast your eyes on this:
Lots of twisty wire, mat board, paper mache.
Now I will clean off my desk and set up the sewing machine, after a hot cup of coffee. Thanks for looking!
p.s. Notice the heart in the center? It is from my day of paper mache making. Watch for more of these hearts making their way into projects!