Sunday, November 18, 2018

Hash: A Dog's Lunch

Hash: A Dog's Lunch, artists book, detail-1

 I made this book just to be fun to look at and hold in your hands - chock full of color and texture. A real page-turner so that there's something different to enjoy on each one.

I varied my imagery and techniques as intuition and whim dictated. Drawing, magazine pictures, paint, embroidery, texture pastes, buttons, stamping, etc. Because it's an opportunistic bit of this and that, I named it after one of my favorite phrases: a dog's lunch.


Hash: A Dog's Lunch, artists book

This mixed media filled-in art journal is constructed of paper-fabric, that is, paper laminated onto fabric which offers the benefits of both surfaces. Each differently sized "leaf" (single sheet when bound becomes two pages) is made from two sheets, both individually decorated, attached back to back for extra support. (Plus it hides messy thread ends.) I gathered three leaves together to make a signature (individual section of sheets folded down the middle and bound together). There are three signatures total. The fabric-encased hard covers are decorated on both sides. The binding is done with double-needle Coptic stitch (first time!), reinforced with decorative ties at the top and bottom of the spine. Measurements are: 5" tall, 4" wide, and 5-1/2" deep.


Hash: A Dog's Lunch, artists book, detail-2

Because this artist book is bursting with art, it's not meant to close down well. It wants to be open (upright or on its back) and looked at!

It is available in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/660103239/fun-artists-book-coffee-table-decor-hash?ref=shop_home_active_2&frs=1

To see my latest stitching and inspirations, visit me on Instagram:
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Pear, mixed media textile collage

Street find inspiration struck again.  That this little twisted piece of metal so obviously resembled a pear meant all I had to do was flesh it out and frame. They are an unfussy fruit, a simple buxom shape coming in friendly colors of yellow and green, or even sometimes a sultry wine-ish red.


Pear, mixed media textile collage, detail-a

I wanted to play not only with layering fabrics but having a focal shape straddle them so to speak. The tension of the uneven scraps and color juxtaposition makes for a more interesting background. It also gives me springboard for experimenting with traditional embroidery stitches. While the subject (fruit) and the stitches (basic) are pretty traditional in themselves, they have been tweaked for a fresh interpretation.


Pear, mixed media textile collage, detail-b

Or so I hope. My intention isn't necessarily an avant garde rendering but a gentle twist, enough to get you to look twice and enjoy what you see. In these days and age, there's enough wall space for both kinds of art: one that challenges and one that affirms.

"Pear" is reinforced and fabric-backed, measuring 5" x 7" so it will fit a standard frame.  It is available in my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/629119468/kitchen-artwork-folk-art-fruit-textile?ref=shop_home_feat_4

To see my latest stitching and inspirations, visit me on Instagram:
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Queen of My Mother's Garden

Queen of My Mother's Garden, mixed media textile collage

This began as a mere experiment of cross-stitching a simple pattern on non-evenweave fabric - in this case an iris on a scrap of jacquard tablecloth. I'd like to incorporate a greater variety of cloth scraps in my collages - and here's a chance to tailor make some particularly special ones.

Turns out the waste canvas does the job though for me it can be tricky to align with the grain of the fabric underneath and stretch it out without warping. (In a second attempt on a later project, centering letters on a true horizontal to the piece became an issue too.)


Queen of My Mother's Garden, mixed media textile collage, detail-a

With a usable experiment in hand, I had an itch to contrast this cross-stitching with free-motion stitching. There was an image in my head that I could not shake: hand drawn circles overlapping as if for emphasis.

And then what? Try at not trying. Continue with this loose, spontaneous approach. I set out a two baggies of scraps (one, cottons and the other, everything else) and my big box of ribbons & lace. I happily auditioned fabrics, and they eventually sorted themselves into the configuration you see here. I was in the rumored Zone.


Queen of My Mother's Garden, mixed media textile collage, detail-b

Deciding what to embroider where however, doesn't usually flow so easily. I've done my fair share of unpicking - even more than once. What I envision doesn't always translate successfully. Sometimes colors stand out too much or too little; and thread thicknesses can appear clumsy or stingy. It has to feel right, right? - or at least not wrong!


Queen of my Mother's Garden, mixed media textile collage, detail-c

When I think of irises, my first thought is that they are my mother's favorite. She was quite proud of the ones she grew in a side yard removed from foot traffic and playing kids. In retrospect I realize that gardening was where she found her Zone. Yet I was a little jealous - as an only child of course I wanted to be the center of such absorbed attention. And so here I managed to sneak in that little drama as shown above.

Queen of My Mother's Garden comes mounted on a 5" x 7" textured cotton background, and is available in my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/628407849/flower-folk-art-impressionist-fabric?ref=shop_home_feat_2

To see my latest stitching and inspirations, visit me on Instagram:
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Cafe, oui!

Le Grand Fabrezan, textile collage

While traveling overseas, I brought along a very basic art stitching kit. It consisted of denim and osnaburg scraps, a handful of perles (sizes 5 & 8) in neutrals and basic colors, plus scissors and needles. And a seam ripper. It would be a the fun challenge: what could be created with limited supplies and the occasional found object.

Le Grand Fabrezan, textile collage, detail-a

I knew I wouldn't have much time to give myself over to some big complicated project - that's what home studios are for. But I knew I would jump out of my skin if I didn't have something to sew even if only to make chicken scratches.

A little burst of inspiration came in the form of the ubiquitous cookie served with cafe au lait. I even had an affinity for the colors on the wrapper: buttercream, red oxide, and rusty orange. Why not a still life of sorts. 

Le Grand Fabrezan, textile collage, detail-b

I set to work piecing my "canvas" because I'm so taken with the look of patchwork. It adds instant texture and visual interest to the background. Then with my rudimentary drawing skills I sketched out a basic coffee cup and went over that with thread. The kicker would be the real live wrapper. And actual coffee stains for effect.

Very satisfied with my minimalist textile collage. It was completed in several days between jaunts to quaint places and periods of idle conversation. I gave it as a tiny gift to my hosts who already had purchased another (grander) piece for their collection.

To see my other latest stitching and inspirations, visit me on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/pegasaursusart/

I also my original artwork in my Etsy shop:
      https://www.etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Feel The Heat

Desert, Late Spring, mixed media textile collage

My take on the transition from tender Spring greenery to that intense Summer heat found in the desert (and seemingly everywhere right now from my vantage point of late July!) As I live in the arid region of Southern California, I feel a mild dread of what's to come - the record-breaking high temps that zap all my energy. The landscape cries thirst.

Desert, Late Spring, mixed media textile collage, detail-a

Yet there is a sear beauty to what the sun wreaks - it has such an intense power, an incredible presence. This cycle repeated endlessly over time. That germ of thought is what came to mind when I stumbled upon this rusty metal disk. It would be the nucleus of my sun image. Old yet timeless, relentless.

It was easy enough to fall back on the cliche colors often used to clothe the sun - yellows and golds. The ochre shades well compliment the rich reddish brown of rust. They rightfully suggest energy, brightness, and warmth.

Desert, Late Spring, mixed media textile collage, detail-b

Now of course the flora found in the desert isn't that saturated green as found in the jungle - it tends toward the sage and khaki shades with plenty of silvery and ashy highlights. This against the endless palette of browns and beiges becomes a study of subtle contrasts. No splashy kodachrome shots here. The simplicity of form comes to dominance.

Desert, Late Spring, mixed media textile collage, detail-c

"Desert, Late Spring" comes mounted on an 8" x 10" canvas-y feeling dry-brushed cotton, and is available in my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/628402065/primitive-desert-landscape-nature-fabric?ref=shop_home_feat_3

To see my latest stitching and inspirations, visit me on Instagram:
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Friday, July 20, 2018

Home On The Range

"Out On The Range", mixed media textile collage

Colorplay. An idle mental exercise of what might go with a terrifically deep rust upholstery fabric I'd been hanging onto to it for longer than I can remember. I knew its sturdiness would come in handy as a background "canvas" for... something Westernish. Hence the horse. Then the perfect contrast came to me - cool blues, turquoise maybe. And the scrap bag yielded this nugget of a print.

"Out On The Range", mixed media textile collage, detail-a

I'd been wanting to play around with stitching a particular shape on top of a formless fabric scrap instead of fussing with a tight, refined applique. That looseness of having the colors extend beyond the lines - think what you're not supposed to do in a coloring book - appealed to me.

Got a nice conversation going when I introduced some lavender and added more blue in the form of sparkly organza.  Needing more space to fool around, I decided to expand with a big chunk of pale peach wool felt. (Remember how this was the only "flesh" tone in crayon boxes of yore?)

"Out On The Range", mixed media textile collage, detail-b

Then it was time to go tactile, and that meant beads, button, and embroidery. Another sun! The circle motif speaks to me - complete, stable yet full of dynamic potential (e.g. sun rays). So many ways to suggest that energy, and it gives me an excuse to dawdle longer with needle and thread.

Another technique I'm playing with is mixing fancier with plain embroidery stitches. I am fascinated with how an over and under here and a twist there can render an elaborate line for the eye to follow and guess at. Thread play in general stakes out a bigger space than it actually occupies.


"Out On The Range", mixed media textile collage, detail-c

"Out On The Range" comes mounted on a 5" x 7" canvas-y feeling dry-brushed cotton, and is available in my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/614554536/folk-art-horse-fabric-picture-mixed?ref=shop_home_active_4

To see my latest stitching and inspirations, visit me on Instagram:
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tooting My Own Horn

"Contemplating Nature", Sew Somerset, Summer 2018

Sew Somerset, Summer 2018, is featuring a how-to based on my artwork, Transpiration. It's an embroidered leaf print (yes, the leaf really was that ginormous) cut and folded into an X-book. It's also free-standing.

OMG!!! This is my favorite mixed media art magazine and so, I'm over the moon they'd choose one of my pieces to stand alongside those of other really cool artists. Snap it up - there are pages of inspiration!


Sew Somerset, Summer 2018, cover

This particular piece is also available in my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/513063290/hold-embroidered-leaf-print-mixed-media?ref=shop_home_active_46