So fun to see it again after two years!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Sunnyside measures 40" x 40".
It was quilted completely from the back.
The scalloped border was easy! Glad I got the template for it.
Next time I will get bias tape that is larger; I think this was 1/2 inch and it was very narrow. I had to hand stitch it down after trimming the excess bulk. Not fun!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Happy to have my piece 'Lift' home.
It's lovely to see it again!
*the rainbow prism on her eye is a reflection from the window and not part of the work
Many have told me that they didn't even see the woman's face until I pointed it out. Funny how I can't not see it.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I'm a total sucker for tiny things.
My artist friend Vickie Valdez also happens to be a Veterinarian. She started saving these tiny bottles.
We have cleaned them out; removed the tops here's some of what I've been doing with them.
I have TONS of these and really want to focus more on them but alas; time...
Who doesn't love a Cat's Eye marble? And that tiny computer chip in there??? Now I want to cruise thrift stores for watch parts. I think tiny steam punk(ish) bottles with tiny gears & stuff would be too cool!
It is one of my most prized buttons and I really want to get more of them.
The design is cut into the glass. Amazing!
That peacock feather is too stunning!
I had one that was broken & it found it's way inside the bottle below.
I want to create small art quilts that have holes or rectangles cut out and then have
these bottles suspended in those spaces.
This one has wire outside & and inside and on the inside there are beads on the wire itself so they are suspended in the bottle.
Even extra peacock feather single barbs are full of light and iridescence.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
I have a lot of little projects that sit on my desk until I'm ready to figure out the next steps or just find some time.
Since I am waiting on a fabric order to complete the Queen Size quilt I'm working on I took the break to complete some littler art projects.
This was an idea I had from a favorite photo of a friends cat.
His name is Brighton.
Teri dresses her cats and uses them at cat shows as fund raisers to help raise awareness of pet care; ownership and breeding.
She ran her own cattery of Cornish Rex called Furrydance Cattery.
For this tote bag I used stencils; acrylic ink; rubber stamps; embossing powders; metallic markers; lace; and buttons.
The image was first put on silk, then I cut it out and stitched it down by machine.
Alas, I may have occluded more of the photo than I had intended with the paints and stencils. But the face is still lovely. I'm going to make another steam-punk kitty and may use this image as part of it. Doesn't he just need a monocle?
I used the peacock blue embossing powders to add the color. I used also the metallic blue and black inks to create the splatter effect. I simply masked the area I didn't want splatter on with post it notes that I cut in round shapes so there would be no hard edges.
I'm mailing it out to her tomorrow.
I have another small cat piece but I'm not allowed to show it yet. Hopefully soon I will have exciting news.
Also working on small bird themed prayer flags. I need to update my Etsy site with some new works as well. Alas, still trying to get my website up and running.
I wonder how much I could get done if I didn't have a day job? LOL
Friday, January 31, 2014
I'm excited to announce that my piece has been selected to travel with a select group from the Sacred Threads 2013 collection!
The group will travel the Mancuso Show circuit in 2014!
I'm honored to have been considered & thrilled that work will travel with such a unique and powerful exhibit!
Gates of Heaven & Hell
note: the entrance to hell is a^^ bit more open that the heaven side :P
The binding on the heaven side is all black. The binding on the hell side is all white, around the bottom area it didn't look good; too boxed in so I took my fancy fabric marker and just drew out or carried the design fully to the edges. I was so impressed with myself for thirty seconds, then I only wished I could have done the white on the heaven side... note to self; much easier to get black onto a white surface that true white onto a black surface...
yes; those are fishnet stockings, I covered them in smokey tulle so they are flush.
The Raven is made of PVC material. I had to cover it in Solvy's water soluble stabilizer in order to quilt the feathers. The finished bird looks almost like leather.
BTW: The question I'm most asked is 'What is PVC material?'
It is used for outfits like this
I also used it on my Steampunk Cyborg kitteh.
You will need a water soluable stablizer if you wish to free motion quilt(or machine stitch it at all) over it to prevent your presser foot from sticking.
I use this one
Here's a shot my friend Teri took at the show for me:
I'm so totally stoked!
Monday, January 27, 2014
I am astonished and thrilled to report my second piece at the Whitter Art Gallery SOLD!
How lucky can a girl get!
Thanks so much to joanell Connolly & Jeanette Kelly for the invite!