Art Every Day, Sunday, June 9, 2013,
Good Afternoon, here is today's new piece. If you're looking for yesterday's work, I honestly forgot about it until about 10 last night and I was too damned worn out to do anything at that point. So, today's will have to suffice.
Today is my 6th anniversary with my hubby, Tom. He gave me a card this morning with this fun metal heart in it. He said that iron is what you give on your sixth and that he figured I'd find a way to use it in my art and I did.
I began with a piece of dark orange hand dye (one of my favorite colors) which I laid on top of some blue batting (his favorite color). I quilted it with a wavy crosshatch that is about 1/4" to 1/2" apart. Then, I stamped it using 6 different heart stamps and various blues. I then attached the iron heart with some hand dyed blue embroidery floss and couched some variegated orange rattail along the edge where the fabric meets the batting using some blue green thread.
Though I'm not a big lover of heart motifs I'm quite pleased with how this turned out. It's not cutsey like so many heart based things are. The high contrast of the direct complements adds a sense of drama and the layers of stamped motifs in various values/scales of blue add a lovely depth. The sheen of the metal heart is echoed with the sheen of the rattail and stitching the heart down with cotton helps the hard shiny metal not look out of place. All in all, it's a nice piece.