Art Every Day, Thursday January 24, 2013
I made this colorful baby this morning but was late for a coffee date and didn't get this entry done. Well, coffee turned into lunch and yada, yada, yada...... So here it is afternoon, but better late than never!
I'm really enjoying this piece, both the making of it and looking at it. It began with lots of smallish pieces of colorful hand dyes adhered down on a surface of black batting. I topped that with white fabric in four segments - because I didn't have one piece of white that was large enough. For a moment there, I thought I wouldn't be able to make this piece until I brought home some more white fabric from the studio (which I've been trying to remember to do for more than a week now). But then I reminded myself that I HAVE EVERY THING THAT I NEED IN MY STUDIO TO MAKE ANYTHING I WANT TO MAKE RIGHT NOW! So, I just ripped the long narrow pieces of white that I had and overlapped them slightly so that the covered all of the bright colored bits.
After all the white was pinned in place I stitched a bunch of rectangles in both horizontal and vertical orientations, leaving just a few small areas with no stitching. Then, I cut away the white fabric from inside the long rectangles to reveal the multicolored ground underneath it. I love the piece. I love that I can faintly see the colors beneath the white fabric, the raw edges of all of the fabrics, the energetic play of both the vertical and horizontal lines and mostly, the bold vivacity of the piece as a whole. What Fun!
Now I need to get this damned inventory finished!