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catch of the day

September 20, 2012

The catch of the day is something with so many fins, it looks too spiny to eat.  I could be wrong because I know nothing about fish, though  I am amazed at the variety and individuality of fish.  So many, so distinctively different and yet they are all fish.  People are like that, too.  We may all be under one Genus, but when we go beyond height, color and sex, we are endlessly different.  Look at eyes, how many people have eyes just alike?  Or noses?  Mouths?  How they stand, move, sit, walk, talk???  And the endless combinations of all these.  Be observant today.  What (or who) are you seeing for the first time?

Catch Of the Day  Cotton and Polyester Thread,  4.5″x5.5″

Thinking about adding glass seed beads all over this.  What do you think?

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Hen-Herted

August 31, 2012

I have been working on a series I call “thru the fire” for almost two years now.   I haven’t done any art quilting in a long time and I actually started this piece at the same time as this one (which will explain why “thru the fire” if you missed it), but then let it sit because I wasn’t terribly thrilled with it.  I pulled it out of the discard pile yesterday and worked on it more.  The face is a bit ghostly.  The idea is not for these pieces to have an eery feel but to capture the surviving image and to remember the family who didn’t survive.  Maybe the eeriness helps…

Here is the photo…

I don’t really believe in ghosts.  Lots of people do, but I believe our spirits go directly to our afterlife.  (hmmm… wonder why my computer chooses now to do all kinds of weird stuff…????)  I believe that because that is the way I read it in the Bible, besides, how could it be a peaceful existence if we are caught up between this world and that?   But since I watched The Ghost and Mr. Chicken from  the back seat of our station wagon, with my hands over my face, at the drive in theater when I was 7 (yes, I was a scaredy cat), I am still spooked by non-existant ghosts; especially the ones I catch glimpses of from the corners of my eyes.

Etymology of Chicken – Adjective sense of “cowardly” is at least as old as 14c. (cf. hen-herte “a chicken-hearted person,” mid-15c.); the verb meaning “to back down or fail through cowardice” is from 1943, U.S. slang; as a game of danger to test courage, it is first recorded 1953.

Angry Fish

July 25, 2012

I haven’t had much desire to create but I want to have that desire again so I forced myself to start small (very small) this evening.  Here is a goldfish that looks quite angry, doesn’t he?  I wonder why.  One of those silly questions to start conversation when my kids were younger was “would you rather be a bird or a fish?”  I said fish.  Birds have the ability to move in 3 dimensions as do fish, but birds have to work hard to do so.  Fish have it easy because of the buoyancy of water.  I think it would be nice to just float around all day and not get prune-y.

It is hard to come back to my blog after a difficult hiatus.  I am sadden to tell you that my mother, Julia Evatt,  died July 12.  Her battle with pancreatic cancer didn’t last long enough to even call it a battle.  It was barely a struggle.  My mother didn’t loose though, she won, because she is now in perfect peace.  But she was my best critic and I will miss her comments here among many other things.  She was an accomplished writer/poet and artist.  I hope you don’t mind me sharing her work as I discover more of it.  Here is a poem from her journal in 2006.   I think she would be fine with me sharing it with you…

stitching on paper

March 8, 2012

An experiment that I feel has potential.  I free motion embroidered on top of a simple collage of papers.  I did not plan to put the bird on it, I just kept going and this is how it turned out.  I think I will do another and put more thought into it.  Maybe even do some thumbnail sketches!

Blackthorn

February 20, 2012

Do you know who Charles Rennie Mackintosh is?  You should, so take a moment and go here to read up about him.  Better yet, do an image search and see all his beautiful designs.  You can find some here.  I love his watercolors!

The embroidery below is based on Mackintosh’s watercolor of a  “blackthorn” (bush?) branch.  It looks lethal.  I looked up blackthorn and see that it is traditionally used for walking sticks.  Maybe the blooming walking stick in Enchanted April was a blackthorn.  I’ll have to watch the movie again and find out.   My rendition was free motion machine embroidered in black and then I used hand embroidery where Mackintosh used watercolor.  Sure does make me think of spring!

Now, what to do with this piece of cloth???

using up odds and ends

January 26, 2012

When I started this blog, it was with the intention it would be a blog of my work (and I have pretty closely adhered by that).  Well, could I ever set myself up a more difficult task?  I have trouble keeping up with the blog because I have trouble producing enough work to share!

I debated on showing the piece below to you but I do it for a couple of reasons.  First, to ask you, have you all seen a renewed interest in embroidery?  I am seeing evidence of it all around me and wonder if I am just taking note and it has been there all along or is embroidery on the upswing again.  And secondly, I want to share a couple of links to work that I find beautiful.  This one  is to recent embroidery, the work of Rosemary Milner (who I know nothing about other than I find her work so endearing).  The other is to an exhibit of very old (18th century) bits and pieces of textiles (including embroidery) left with abandoned babies at a foundling hospital.  The former inspired me to do the piece below, the latter feeds my nostalgic wonderment.

This insect was stitched on my sewing machine using free motion embroidering (no guidelines were used, hence the slight skewing!) on top of a piece of vintage (antique?) lace given to me years ago by my mother’s friend, Sybil, on top of a sample piece of matelasse given to me by an interior designer.  (lucky me to have such generous friends!)  I hand stitched onto the bee (I can stitch better but I wanted that amateur feel!!)  It measures about 3.25″ x 6.25″.

Miscellany

September 20, 2011

Random stuff from the at-the-moment-so-completely-disarranged-studio.

Spent way too much time making elephant cards (of sort, can’t really open them up and write on them, so I wrote on the back side of the ears!) and decorating envelopes for the kids in my Sunday School class.  Just decided to have fun and enjoy the making.

I was very pleased last weekend to learn that I had received Third Place in Original Design at the 2011 Georgia Celebrates Quilt show.  This was the second time I had entered this show (you may remember my blog post).  I love the fact that I won a ribbon, wouldn’t trade it for the world, except that there were some very labor intensive, beautiful, traditional quilts there that perhaps deserved a ribbon more than mine.  My take on this is that there should be a totally separate category for art quilts vs. traditional quilting.  Original Design is maybe not definitive enough.  But the judges still thought my binding “needs improvement!”  Heck, they were lucky I bound it at all!  That was the same comment I received about my first entry 8 or 9 years ago!  I wonder if anyone has ever done a perfect binding!

See what I mean about beautiful quilts??!!!

And mine proudly holding its ribbon…

You know how you feel when you have something good happen to you and you want to share it with everyone?  Having a blog is wonderfully satisfying way to share.  Thanks for listening!

larger

September 11, 2011

Well, I worked larger.  This free motion machine embroidery of a beautiful little girl is done  life size or just a bit larger.   It perhaps doesn’t have the softness a portrait of a young girl should have but I tried once again to use my knowledge of color.  Thread just doesn’t blend as well as paint and pastel.  I am pleased that the size allowed me to improve the likeness and detail and I will try another.  Practice makes perfect!

The overall height of this piece is 14″.  I mounted the fabric, which was a heavy upholstery weight linen/rayon blend, onto stretcher bars.   I am thinking a colorful bird would look good like this.  One piece leads into another…

If the mother of this child recognizes her I’ll be thrilled.   But she may never read my blog….

(S)He’s Large… (not)

September 7, 2011

I have spent the last three evenings working on this face in thread.  I’ve tried to put everything I’ve ever learned about painting portraits  into it, including trying to push the color to the limit.  Not sure about it yet, but… I am encouraged to go further.  Or larger as the case may be.  These faces I have done lately are about 1/2 human scale.  I am anxious to see what kind of detail and blending with color I can achieve if I work larger.  Most of my paintings are larger.  Art teachers always tell you to work large.  Fill up the paper.  Bigger is better.  Think large.

But then, larger is not always best.  Just listen to Olive Oyl’s description of Bluto  (For Karen’s upcoming birthday!!!).

I’ll try to break out of the miniature mode and show you the results of my large thinking as soon as I can.

Where have all the fireflies gone?

July 31, 2011

Last night we went out to catch lightning bugs (or do you call them fireflies?) to no avail.   I saw a very few in the distance but was never able to get close enough to catch one.  Seems like all the lightning bugs have vanished so I googled it to find out if something has indeed happened to the vast numbers I use to see.

We  might be using too much pest control.  The chemicals can be indiscriminate about what they kill.

Or, we might just have too many lights turned on at night.  The bugs like the dark so they can flash for a potential mate.  Now all the streets are lined with  lights and while it may make some feel safer at night, I prefer the night dark.  – Have you ever noticed the number of lights on in your bedroom when you turn off the lamp?  Between 2 alarm clocks, TV gadgets, and the seldom put away iron,  our room is never pitch black.  I spent the night in my sister’s guest room recently (she lives way out in the country).  She didn’t have a clock in the room and no outdoor lights were on.  I think the darkness of the room was instrumental in a deep satisfying sleep. –  

What has that to do with the butterfly?  Nothing.  But I haven’t seen too many butterflies lately either…

Butterfly is free motion embroidery on water soluble stablizer, approx. 7.5″x6″.