Saturday, March 25, 2006

New Art Work

When I heard about a new call for entries for Ricky Tims' Art Quilt Studio and Gallery, I was really inspired. I hadn't planned to make anything in particular during this temporary time in our apartment before our house is completed. I didn't pack my sewing machine, or any fabric. Not even a ruler. But, I was so intrigued by the theme for the Microcosmos show, I decided to go for it.

Here's the finished triptych.


Each piece is 5 x 7 inches on a specified theme. This is Tree of Life.


This is Winds of Change.


And this is Fields of Gold.


I did have embroidery floss, beads and scissors. So I only bought fabric, fusible and one pigma pen. And I did it all by hand. The design came to me pretty quickly. I've enjoyed the landscapes I've made over the past year or so and I knew I wanted to incorporate the leaf/pod/eye shape that I love so much. (As you know, Sonji loves it too!) I wanted to leaf to act differently in each piece, but still be the same shape. I also knew I wanted to include some text. In this case, it's just stream of conscious writings about the titles of each piece. It's not necessarily meant to be legible, but it sets the tone.

If I'd had more space, tools and materials and would have done some things differently, but this was a good challenge and an excellent creative outlet during this time of limbo for our family.

I will be so delighted if it's accepted for the show.

24 comments:

Dale Anne said...

Deborah, its GORGEOUS!!!
Look forward to hearing the news that it is accepted.
GREAT JOB!!!

Terry said...

These are just lovely, Deborah! Once again, your hand stitches are the perfect touch. I especially love the graceful curve of the tree of life.

Kristin La Flamme said...

Yup, it's really quite wonderful. I love the subtle detail of the text on the fabric. And, of course, it looks undeniably "Deborah." I hope it gets accepted (and I also think it sets a wonderful tone as the first piece of art for your new house)!

kathy said...

very nice!!! The stitching is winderful and would be so much fun to SEE UP CLOSE. Oh well. I just love the way the trees are marching down the hill in fields of gold. You've done a wonderful job using what you had so forget the machine from now on.!

Frieda said...

I love these, as you know i also leave that leave shape. I especially love the writing in the path, how perfect. As I walk down the path in my woods, it is all about thought.

Mrs. Mel said...

Deborah!
Deborah!
Deborah!
How much are you selling this piece for?

Liz said...

This is absolutely lovely, Deborah.

Joanne S said...

An artist rises above her materials-or lack of materials. Would you have tried doing it by hand if the machine was there? Fate. Good Luck in the competition.

judy coates perez said...

Gorgeous, love the colors and the writing is such a nice touch. I hope it gets in to the show!

Diane said...

Wow! This is wonderful. I love how they work together but stand up on their own too. As always, you have a great eye for shape and composition and texture. What a great way to start your creative life in your new home!

MARYBETH said...

this piece is spectacular!

lizzieb said...

very nice, Deborah! Your hand work is just stunning and the writing really carries it off...
Liz

Micki said...

Oh My Gosh! This is just so amazing. I absolutely love it.

Gerrie said...

Wow! i have to agree with all the comments. You done good - I am sure this will get in. Hurray for wonder under and your beautiful stitching.

mary m. said...

Deb,

This challenge was made for you. I can't even envision a better entry. Each one is separate, according to the theme, yet so beautifully unified. Brilliant!

Michelle said...

Beautiful!!!

PaMdora said...

This is great - I like the composition and the color scheme.

Karoda said...

I can see I'm late to this party...but what a reason to party! It is most fabulous!

teri springer said...

Thanks for sharing this and letting us know about the contest! I did 2 of the three yesterday. I am not completely happy with them and doubt I will enter them but....they got me moving!!

Of course, you WON'T be able to hang these in your new house as they WILL be accepted and sell immediately!! (I think the $120 is too low- should be $150 at least).

teri

Jo Griffith said...

Very nice! I really love this piece! What an eye you have!

Cindra said...

You did a beautiful job of interpreting the themes. Can't wait to hear the results.

Claire said...

Joining in the Chorus!! I just love that piece :-)
Cheers
Claire

Sonji Hunt said...

Holy Moly, Deborah. It's waysuperfantastic! This is the best piece I've seen from you...it encompasses everything that you have been exploring over the past year! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I'm so proud of you.

Rosy said...

That's a beautiful piece Deb. I hope you win.

Rosy