Friday, 30 November 2012

Spiritual Journey

The theme for this challenge goes to the very core of why I am a fiber artist: it is because of  thread. Thread that makes cloth. Thread that is used to sew to create something new.  Thread is my art medium.

In keeping with trying a new technique, I felted bamboo, wool and acrylic fibers onto an aubergine colored burlap background with my felting machine. Then I continued to felt silk threads to add color and texture.  I couched silk covered cords to add movement and more texture. I used a wool thread for quilting by machine, then I hand stitched pearl cotton for additional depth and interest.

When making this piece I found myself in a state of happiness and play. There was no angst and there was no plan, I just wanted to allow the colors, the textures and the thread to guide me...a true spiritual journey.

10 comments:

  1. This is the piece I wanted to make, if only I had known it. I found a site that showed wound friendship bracelets, but I couldn't think of how to incorporate them, so I went back to my first thoughts. This piece perfectly displays 'pure' threads, and I love it.

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  2. Rich and luscious. You have addressed the theme head-on.

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  3. What glorious threads - and thread play. It is so rich in texture and colour, Venetta. Just threads! Wonderful. I want to stroke it.

    Hilary

    PS Venetta you are in the driving seat for the next theme. Anytime you like you can announce it. HG

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  4. I absolutely LOVE it - it just says it all - your texture is truly amazing.

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  5. It is clear that the threads did a good job in guiding you - I so want to hold the celebration in my hand!

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  6. Love it love it love it Venetta! It is so visually stunning and the texture is so inviting. I especially like the addition of the hand stitching. A triumph!

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  7. What more can I say. We have a challenge on the go over the next number of years in my province, based on the 'Little Gems' that the Contemporary Group in the UK ran a while back but we have called them "Luscious Little Layerings" ...... !

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  8. Your joy is very evident in the choice of colours and in the sensitive detail acheived in the finish of this little gem! Wonderful!

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  9. if i had another idea other than what i did - this would have been it. i did toy with it for a while. beautifully executed venetta - great variety of threads

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  10. What richness you have created. Lovely use of all those threads. And you are to be congratulated for being so experimental with all of these themes. Certainly something I will think about as we move forward.

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