complimentary, tertiary, secondary and primary combinations that you could ever want in a composition. I am using an abstract composition first to show you how you can interpret the photo of an autumn scene into an abstract work of art. This is pieced, but can also be fused.
This is pieced but could be fused, as well.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Oh Christmas Tree 5 X 5 felt, silk ribbon, beading and hand embroidery. This tiny pillow is completely hand stitched. The green felt tree was made from roving that has been wet felted. This is another one of my small projects to present at the Southwest Missouri High School Art Teacher's workshop. I had to think of projects that students can do without using a sewing machine. It is quite charming with the beadwork and could be used as a pin cushion. I think that the texture of felt is a thing of beauty. You can right click on this image for a closer look. Open in new window. You can see this on Off The Wall Fridays
Friday, September 27, 2013
No Boundaries: Mixed Media Abstract. 16 X 20. This is a challenge piece that I created for the Felting and Fiber Studio online group. The challenge was to move out of your comfort zone and create something that is truly Mixed Media. However, I am a Mixed Media Fiber Artist, so this was just a little out of my comfort zone. I plan to use this as a sample for an upcoming class that I have been asked to teach to the Southwest Missouri High School Art Teachers Association. I will be showing them how to have students make mixed media fiber art. I used: monoprinted fabric, fabric strips sewn through water soluble stabilizer, silk, organza, painted tissue paper, flo acrylic on watercolor paper and sewn to background, metal, stamping, batting, and a purchased barb wire plastic rope. All of this was free motion quilted to cotton batting. It was very difficult to get a good photo of this collage, but some of the batting is left showing on the upper corner. Because this is so textural, the barbed wire will probably get lost in the photo, but it is plainly seen on the original piece. So, I guess the story is that all of us have Boundaries in our lives. Some are physical, some geographical, some mental, some spiritual. This will mean different things to different viewers. But that is why we call it Abstract. It all happens in your mind. For closeup view, rightclick on image and choose "open in new window." This can also be seen on Off The Wall Fridays.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Lotus Position: 14 X 18 is a class sample that I made for the Photo Interpretation class that I taught to our Art Quilt Guild. This was a two part lesson on how to take photos and interpret them to fiber art. An interpretation is not a copy. Colors, shapes and shading were changed as we did our own versions of the photos. I brought fused fabric pieces for the students to use, that were unfamiliar to them. Not the kinds of choices they would ordinarily have in their stash. I had them make outlines of darks, mediums and lights, as well as; warm and cool colors. This is a process that many applique quilts use. But it was up to them to interpret their individual pattern and then mark the designations. There was a lot of doubt that it would work as they began to fuse down strange combinations of fabrics in their design. However, as the flower took shape, they were able to better understand what they were creating. These flowers were then, thread painted to bring out or blend in the different shades. It has a very abstract look. You might either love it or hate it. But most loved it. I pieced a very colorful background for this and did free standing lotus leaves to balance it out. To see a closer view, right click on image and open in a new window. This can also be seen on Off the Wall Fridays If you would like to comment by email, and avoid Google Plus, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Autumn Echoes: 15 X 30 improvisational piecing. This is another one of my experiments with new techniques. I am primarily a fuser of fabrics not a piecer. But, I read a book by fiber artist Jean Wells called "Journey to Inspired Art Quilting," and was intrigued by her process. Since I am doing some "in depth"color studies in preparation for a class I will be teaching, I decided to combine the two. I will put this into a competition at our local guild for fall. Although there is pre-planning for this project, it also involves some improvisation in how to put together my composition. I chose fabrics according to my selected Tetrad color scheme. I knew that orange would be a focal color, so built my support colors. Then I used straight lines for my background design and kept rearranging until I was happy with it. I used a tree skeleton that I had made in a class called "Stitching on Air." You cut a hole in the middle of some muslin and then stitch from one side to another on nothing. you attach it on opposite sides of the cutout. When you cut it loose, you have a tree skeleton. The leaves were made by sandwiching copper color lame' fabric between netting and watersoluble stabilizer and then washing away the stabilizer. I painted this with PVA glue to stabilize the fragile material and cut it into small squares. This made it easy to handle and I could arrange them onto the skeleton. The bird is painted on. I am very happy with the results and will do more studies with this. Right Click On Image For Closeup. Open in new window. This can be seen on Off The Wall Fridays
Sunday, June 30, 2013
TIME 2 REMEMBER: 8 1/2 X 11 1/2 Fiber and Assemblage Collage. This challenge piece is part of an exhibit for our 2014 Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild show in Springfield, Mo. Our small art quilt group, Creative Fiber Art, decided to move out of our comfort zone and come up with some unusual and creative ideas. We thought that the Steampunk genre was about as unusual as it gets. We read up on just what Steampunk is supposed to represent and looked at many examples online and in magazines. The idea is that the "turn of the century" industrial revolution merged with the Victorian science fiction era. They imagined that the whole world was run by steam powered machines. Of course these machines had to be beyond reality, or they would not be science fiction. With that in mind, we came up with size and a basic unifying element (notice the zipper running along two sides.) However, each member was to come up with their own individual presentation. I printed a well known head image from Pinterest onto photo fabric. My husband was kind enough to take apart an old clock and my granddaughter took apart some old watches. Much glue was required to assemble the clock gears to be able to connect the simulated pulley system. The only purchased item, is the memory key. FOR A CLOSER VIEW, RIGHT CLICK AND OPEN IN A NEW WINDOW.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Monochomatic Texture is a small experiment in creating texture by using a combination of hand stitches and beading. My pallet is a mixture of browns and off whites. This would be a somewhat bland composition, without the added interest of yarns, ribbons, laces and beads. There is a balance to this composition by using a variety of darks, mediums and lights. This collage could be considered a type of crazy quilting, but the real objective was to create an interesting texture, using a limited pallet. FOR CLOSUP, RIGHT CLICK ON IMAGE AND OPEN IN NEW WINDOW. This can also be seen on Off The Wall Fridays