Living This Creative Life

I have two favorite quotes. The first one is by Emile Zola, "If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I would tell you that I came to live out loud". I don't know who the second one is by, but it goes like this, "If you're not living on the edge then you might as well jump". Both of these sentiments sum up my personal philosophy of this experience we call life on earth. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Art Every Day, Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Good Morning,
I so enjoyed yesterday's piece with it's girly, old fashioned feel that I decided to try that again today.  We used to put together packs of dye painted fabrics that we called "Fancy Fabrics", but no one really paid them much mind after we started dyeing so, I just brought the remaining few home with me to use in my every day art. 
I'm really into juxtaposition in art these days and that's what I really like about this piece; the vintage hankies with all of their lovely embroidery along side the bold red fabric that is topped with dark gray cheesecloth and stitched with a thoroughly modern looking grid.  The pink that is sitting in the opening of the blue accentuates the unusual color way and the dark gray, dye painted batting provides a nice frame for the whole thing.  I kept the quilting very simple in both the blue and green areas, just outlining the embroidery to show it off well. All in all, a great start to the day.
Till tomorrow,


Christa Irell said...

It's quite interesting to see how the gray cheesecloth mutes the red on the left and the stitching mutes the red on the right. Red always tries to take over, and these are just fantastic ways to make it behave like the background you expect it to be.

I also think the red against the green, being opposite on the color wheel, helps to level out the large amount of red.

The details on the hankies and the soft palette overall (and it seems weird to say that with all that red!) gives the piece such a gentle feel.

The pink popping out of the cut out part of the blue is very eye-catching and draws me to the detail of it all.

Cathy R said...

I love the visual textures of the recycled fabrics. Or is that "upcycled?" I've lost track of the terms.

Either way, the piece has such dimension.