Tuesday, October 18, 2005

New Work

Here's a smallish fiber collage I finally finished up. It's another in the arch series, though the arch is more subtle this time. It's 14.5 x 9.5 inches and it's titled (tentatively) Patina of Radiance. All kinds of stuff going on here: old key, fish charms, paint, beads, wire, image transfer, sheer fabric.



I started with the image transfer on the top. Last year, I printed out several small pictures from a big copyright free directory that I have. This image is one of my favorites. I love the bronzy color and angle and the idea of a face with a radiant crown.

Then I picked fabrics in a similar color family with a bit of common theme -- the dark colors, the leaf shapes, the contrast of the shiney and bright bits with the dark and cloudy bits. I rummaged around in my bead, button and charm bins and gathered stuff that might be incorporated. I put all that in an old Godiva chocolates box.

I knew I wanted to try fusing sheer fabrics. So I had to go buy some. Twist my arm. I chose purple. Surprise. The fusing worked great. It needed to be quilted over, but that was fine. I wanted to incorporate some quilting which I hadn't done on other fiber collage pieces. In fact, that's why I pieced that black area -- to spotlight the quilting.

After piecing the background, sewing some elements on the top and quilting, I got out the chocolate box and started to add other embellishments. (This is through the top and the batting.) I extended the arch at this point. Originally it only went down to the top of the black section. I think it needed a longer line there.

In fact, after I finished most of the beading, I felt like the longer line still needed to be emphasized, so I added the washers. (In fact, I had to go out shopping for those, too.) Then the washers were too shiney, so I squirted out some black, green and gold paint and mixed it up a bit with my finger and dabbed a bit over each washer. Then over the fish and the sun.

I think it still lacks a bit of a focus point, but that's ok. I like the combination of all the elements and I think the eye is drawn equally to each.

(I'm working on being able to speak effectively about my art. So, how was that?)

I really like working small. I don't feel moved to make anything big at the moment. Why is that?
In the meantime...
I've got about 50 more pages left in The Da Vinci Code which I started last week. It really is a snappy little story. I guess I might the last to actually read it. In fact, I'm off to figure out where they will finally find the code to solve the cryptex to find the keystone and unveil the identity of the Teacher?!

7 comments:

Joanne S said...

Had to wait till now (work)- almost 7pm to see if you had anything new to show. And I wasn't disappointed! I had been visiting sites with collage and assemblage today before work and now I find this beautiful object in your post. Coincidence? I think not. My search this am was prep work for your post--so I would enjoy it at max. Bravo!!!

Deb R said...

I like the new piece. I'm particularly drawn to the layering of the sheer leaf form with the sun charm on it.

It wasn't all that long ago that I finally read The Da Vinci Code. I resisted for a long, long time because it was so hyped (OVER-hyped!) that I was almost sick of it before I started! But I ended up liking it after all. Looking forward to seeing how well they do at turning it into a movie.

Micki said...

Nice piece. You are right about the black showing off your wonderful quilting.

Caitlin said...

This a lovely, rich piece, very balanced, with little surprises as you look closer. I like it very much :-)

As to working small - I was CONSTANTLY being pushed by my art teachers to WORK BIGGER - until this semester, when I decided: stuff them, working small is important symbolically for me. It's part of what I'm trying to say, and it's the size I can do good work at.

Part of this is that my sewing area is very small - more importantly, my space for designing and then blocking a BIG quilt is non-existent - and part of it is that I want the viewer to have to look closely. I don't (usually) make stuff that looks good from across a room, I make stuff that you have to get your nose into.

I read that there are people who are big picturepeople and people who concentrate on details. I'm more comfortable with intricacy.

Cathy said...

I really like how all the pieces fit so well together. The embellishments and stitching are the icing on the cake.
I've always worked in a small format, it fits me. I have to stretch to make bigger than 24". But I'm working at it.

Sarah Ann Smith said...

Way cool Deborah! Can't wait to see it in the real!

Scrapmaker said...

I think you were perfectly articulate about your art :) I love the harmony, balance, and the complexity of the piece. Jen