Thursday, July 26, 2007

Home Grown

A new completed piece. It just flew right out of the studio. Literally and figuratively.

Home Grown, 16x30ish
The Frayed Edges are having a show at the Camden Library in Camden, Maine this summer. Many of our works focus on the theme "home" and I really wanted to make one new piece just for the show.

Sarah has written more details about the show on her blog and I hope you'll go see it if you're in the neighborhood. There is an opening reception on Sunday, August 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. And yes, I'm so so so sad I won't be there.

All the elements of this piece really came together quickly and I am quite pleased with the results. It got packed up and sent to Maine today.

You recognize my beloved green and purple. And my beloved house shape. And my beloved leaves and other growing images. The circles are new, though. I did those by dipping a canning jar in watered down acrylics and printing right on the fabric -- after much of the composition was already in place.
And yes, there is some handwriting. And hand embroidery. And reverse applique -- that's new too!

My mom hand-dyed several of these pieces. Two different times I purchased kits from Pro-Chem for dying 30 fat eights. Mom did the dying both times and I love using every scrap.

I'll definetely do more of this collage/layer/mixed-technique kind of work. Maybe I'll stray away from the green and the purple next time.

10 comments:

Gerrie said...

I love the circles. I especially love when something so elegant is done with a very ordinary object! Love the piece. I bet it will go home with someone!

dee said...

Lovely work. I'm so partial to the embroidered work you do. Very pretty Deborah.

Vicki W said...

Very nice! So much to see in this piece and the circles are a really nice component.

Carrie said...

How beautiful, I love it!
God bless :)

Anonymous said...

I am sooo loving this piece. Splendid.

Michelle said...

It is beautiful, as usual, Deborah!!

Hannah said...

Okay - I want it! Wow! This is such a great quilt. I miss you. How much are you selling it for?

gabrielle said...

Deborah, I have always loved your work but you have really moved to a new level. Can't wait to see where the road leads next. Maybe moving to Texas wasn't so bad after all. Of course, no lobster but if you get great art, I think it is an even trade.

Sarah Jayne said...

Your work looks great. I'm sure you'll get lots of great comments.

Jan said...

Not to be repetitive ... love this piece. There's a lot goin' on yet it still has the elegant simplicity that I love about your work.