Saturday, 31 August 2013

Spring Garden Greens

Spring Garden I 

This piece came from repurposing an old confetti fabric collage and matting up two separate sections. This was the one I decided to choose for our challenge. I find that a lime green can help to accent our leafy green and blend it with both jewel tones and muddy ones.

The technique used is similar to a demo I had once seen by Jan Beaney, layering yarn and fabric bits onto organza, pinning and then free motion stitching over the top of a clear washaway sandwich. Small stitches hold it all together.

Gardens flowers will always be an inspiration for my work even if my preferred palette is now definitely more muted than this one....


I have been working for the last few months in this size in preparation for the Hudson  Studio Tour at the end of September. I find that I am starting to get used to the scale as time goes by. With more limited chunks of time for my work this summer, working small has helped me to finish a group of pieces on fabric that fit into 11X14 matting and then snugly into sealed crystal bags. I now have  a  small series of monoprints from the colograph plates used at our July Text'art retreat in Ogden that I am pleased with, just not any that are really green!



 
 

9 comments:

  1. This is a move away from your work that we have seen up till now, Michele. I love the thought that for a 'green' theme you have repurposed an old piece! I like it very much - lots of texture and really does evoke a flower garden.

    Hilary

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  2. Beautiful use of colour, Michele. Very painterly.

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  3. You do very well with this palette. It could also work as a water theme. I look forward to seeing your new series.

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  4. I love the texture and the way you have placed the colours, just bringing in the green where it is meant to be. This is a technique that really appeals to me and makes me want to try it out for myself. As Heather said, very painterly.

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  5. A real Jan Beaney technique without her hand stitching/embroidery on top ... I simply love it.

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous Michele. I just love this piece.

    I have been using a lot of our collograph production as well, making postcards for the upcoming Lakeshore Artist show. I have made more than 30, using my time at the cottage very productively. It is also fun to make small pieces with no preconceived notion.

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  7. Very much a garden piece. It's a nice balance of colour with sparks on the green and blue.

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  8. You demonstrate very well, the point about using lime green as an accent. As ever I learn so much from being a member of this group.

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  9. I would love to see this "in person"...the varieties of color and "captured" bits flow together for a wonderful, intuitive design. I hope this piece makes it into the Studio Tour...very Monet!

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