'Stead of blogging last week I hightailed it to the LA Fashion District with fellow fabric-holic, my daughter Lina. We wanted to just case the textiles area which covers several square city blocks but only managed to explore a couple streets. This area is HUGE and it's only a fraction of what the District offers (women's clothing, jewelry, flowers, party supplies, housewares, etc.) Mainly what I found were clothing and drapery/upholstery fabrics which is fine as I have ideas for room dividers and window panels (more on that later), however no source discovered yet for quilting fabrics. Sigh. The area definitely merits further exploration. PS There's even a bitchin' app for LA Fashion District.
I needed a make-some-art-now fix and adding a page to my art journal is a good place to do my business. The page was already prepared with swaths of blue paint leftover from a previous project (a great way to get a head start) and something yellow or orange seemed to be called for. Spring must be on my mind because a flower was as far as my imagination wanted to go. Who can argue with flowers - nobody gets tired of them. I was playing with a new technique using deli wrap paper and couldn't resist combining it with one of my 'old' techniques - cut-outs of printed text. Think it 'reads' well - expressing anticipation of a glorious season.
I am welcoming Easter and Spring with this playful (and foldable!) mixed-media luminaria. I constructed it out of heavy duty watercolor paper textured with layers of acrylic paint. The light openings are cut-outs of chicks and folksy dots, and this has been embellished with free-form machine sewn fabric eggs, hand sewn beads, and decoratively edged corners. I based it on the X-Book design. Opened, it measures 10"w x 3-3/4"h x 3"d. It'll fold to 5"w for storage. There's room for at least two LED tea lights. I made three total, and they're available now in my Etsy shop.