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!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Giving This Another Try

Hi All,
I haven't been posting on this blog much, I've got another one if you would like to check it out;  I've been writing on it this year.  It is a blog that I'm sharing with a bunch of other artists who are all trying to make a piece of art every week. 

This piece is not from that blog.  It is a new experiment that I'm trying out.  I'm calling it quilt sculpting.  It's done on a some of my hand dyed silk/rayon velvet.  Essentially what I'm doing is quilting the holy hell out of it in the negative space.  Any area that looks sandy brown is thread.  All of the colored areas are places where there is no stitch so the fabric blossoms up to the surface.  I've used three layers of batting; two wool and one cotton, so that I can achieve this Trapunto like effect.

I've dyed several larger pieces of velvet so that I can move on to bigger pieces.  However, this little piece which is 11" x 16" took me almost 10 hours to stitch and about 1500 yards of thread!

Talk to you again soon, I hope,