The last few weeks have been more about experimentation with mediums than finishing art projects.
|Painted fabric paper. Needs more glitter!|
Mostly, I've been painting vintage fabrics, cotton fabric samples and fabric papers that I made with my friends Juline, Kate, Monique and Katherine a couple of months ago. (We used this tutorial
|Oil paints on squares from a fabric sample book.|
I'm trying out oils, acrylics and watercolors. I have an idea for a woven piece that I want to attempt that was inspired by the El Anatsui
exhibition I saw a couple of weeks ago at the Brooklyn Museum
. But I've never done this kind of work before, so I'm in the very
early draft phase.
|Fabric paper made with cheesecloth.|
And I'm going through a French knot obsession, which I think most stitchers go through. Is there anything more textural and beautiful than French knots? And feather stitch?
|French knots, ink, oil paint and stitch on vintage linen.|
WIPs and sketches are strewn about my apartment. I'm grateful that my friends have not disowned me because of the chaotic mess.
|An uncharacteristically monochromatic piece. But still, French knots WIP.|
I was so inspired by Iviva Olenick's
"embroidery slam" #BrooklynTweets
. I've been finding poetry everywhere. And stitching a bit of it.
|A found poem in stitch.|
Last weekend, my fiber arts group Durham String Thing
taught weaving at the North Carolina Maker Faire
. The event itself was a little overwhelming... so much creative energy packed into a small, loud space. But my boyfriend and I got to try on a handmade Stormtrooper's helmet
. That set my Star Wars loving nerd-heart aflame!
Warning: Attempt Jedi mind tricks at your own risk.