Sunday, 31 August 2014
I discovered that the additional details needed to be quite subdued colour to avoid standing out starkly - and lining up the embroidery and the image was tricky. I think I need to add a bit more of her hair. It was a conscious decision not to add the pink face paint.
|The original photo|
|'Cutout' filter image|
|The workshop piece|
So this is the first of a series I think. The others are still in my head.
And here in Montreal this morning it is a grey day with rain forecast - a great day to be sitting here looking at all the great interpretations of the colour.
Here it is ! I photographed the fence onto light lutradur, used Inktense pencils to add some colour to the grey background cloth, placed the Lutradur on top of the three layers and stitched into the Lutradur using the image as a guide. Once finished I cut the excess Lutradur away and quilted the rest of the piece.
My back problem doesn't stop me from getting on with life but there is something about the way that I sit, particularly at my machine, that aggravates it and I've finally learned to err on the cautious side!
I'll be back as soon as my Chiropractor has worked her magic!
I wanted to try some hand stitching in different yarns, and as I was stitching I found myself thinking about all the bad news currently in the world, and wishing people could ignore their differences and just link hands and live in harmony. After a few rounds of hand stitching the work was quite lumpy, and so I added some machine stitching to flatten the areas between the men. Is this one of the possible solutions to the world's problems?; as more 'machines' allow us to communicate more freely via the internet and mobile communications, perhaps we can smooth out the differences between people and achieve a unified whole.
|Port Clyde, original photo|
When playing with the various greys in my stash, I was struck by how the hues become more apparent when the greys are placed next to each other: blue-grey, green-grey, violet-grey, warm grey.
Port Clyde is made of hand-dyes, fused, and machine-stitched with heavy black cotton thread.
Below the Surface
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Friday, 22 August 2014
Monday, 18 August 2014
Work from several of Michele's recent series is on display, perhaps forty pieces in all. It is satisfying to see so many of her pieces in a gallery setting, nicely lit and thoughtfully organized. Many of the works were framed, and others were mounted on gallery canvas. Michele had some large, colourful banners printed out, using one of her images for the background, and hung prominently to alert visitors. She also had some small books custom-printed, filled with her images, and this gave a really professional look to the display.
The opening was very well attended, and at least one of the larger pieces was sold. Helena, Colleen and I stopped by to represent both text'art and 12 by the dozen.
Congratulations, Michele, and fingers crossed for lots more sales! The show continues until September 26.
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Monday, 11 August 2014
So, we have a new member - Jinnie Robison who lives in Paris. I will leave her to introduce herself but she is a great sport because when I cheekily suggested she might like to try to join in the grey challenge - she has risen to the challenge!!! What a sport. No pressure Jinnie.
Welcome to the group. Hope you feel part of us in no time at all.
Hilary was busy as always, and I never knew which stand I would find her working on next, whilst Linda B was a stalwart of the main Guild standard, welcoming people and getting them to join the guild. I treated myself to a three day course with Leslie Morgan (of Committed to Cloth, or C2C) on screen printing and dyeing - no results to show yet, I won't have time to wash them until after my trip to Norfolk.
I had two quilts in the show, neither of which won anything, but both had nice judges comments!
Here's "Balancing Act", started in a workshop with Philippa Naylor last September. I shall post a picture of "Mistress Mary" when I get back (and have downloaded all my photos of the show).
Saturday, 9 August 2014
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
In just a couple of days I'll be setting off for our major quilting event in the UK - the Festival of Quilts. There'll be plenty of quilts to see, galleries to view and shopping opportunities but what I look forward to the most is meeting old friends and making new ones. I'm delighted to hear that Phil is coming over again so there will be four of meeting up at some point over the Festival.
In the meantime I offer you my inspiration for my grey piece. Gorgeous though the building is, it's the contents that inspired my work.