Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Crossed Purposes

Cross, textile collage

Thought this piece wanted to be something else - an "abstract study" so the rage with artists I admire - yet after hours of peaceful yet tentative stitching it goaded me to reveal its true nature. Turning it upside down or to the light just so wasn't sparking any recognition on my part. Out came the seam ripper, the scissors, and the twisting & pinching fingers.

No Choice. As a business trip tag-along, I packed light - no other fabrics, threads, or buttons to run away with. It was a perfect opp to sew to my heart's content. I  n e e d e d  this. Besides, that combination of bronze, browns, golds, and ochres was irresistible. A low-key luxe.

Cross, textile collage, detail-a

Fairy dust shower. My frustration gave way to inspiration like puzzle pieces falling into place. A cross materialized, and it mirrored a positive and affirmative outlook I'd been trying to practice more consistently. I felt a certainty I wish to hell would happen more often.

I was excited to go to sleep so I could wake up that much sooner, fresh and ready to stitch. But of course we so rarely get to have big blocks of time to visit with our "project-friends", and it took the next several weeks of slipping in for a good chat here and there to finish up.


Cross, textile collage, detail-b

I am quite pleased whether or not it finds an adoring audience (though I hope it does!) That the process worked out when it didn't seem likely despite good intentions was a gift. Maybe in some way that comes through? What an honor that would be.

"Cross" and other original artwork listed in my Etsy shop:
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Age Seduces Beauty

Age Seduces Beauty, art journal page

The sentiment of Age Seduces Beauty came to mind when I came across this photo of an antique pocket watch casing. Such an exquisite and suggestive picture on so tiny a surface! Some leering old man whispering sweet nothings to a lovely lass of creamy bosom. Pretty sure we're in Metaphor Territory though and not Zone #metoo. Consciousness-raising didn't run along those lines back then. Too impertinent. Now of course I can pull up any manner of classic tableaux on my smart phone "timepiece" and even register my outrages at will.

Age Seduces Beauty, art journal page, detail-a

I started off with a book jacket photo, gave it a little distressing and then a coat of "crazing" medium. The patches of hairline craquelure don't show up very well but at least the surface looks aged and mysterious. I highlighted the casing ornamentation with metallic powders and beads.

Then the layering - an old lace tablecloth scrap atop a shiny pale synthetic. I embroidered roses in variegated cotton perle (or do you say pearl?) and subtle tiny loops in some metallic thread. Just a hint of glitz.


Age Seduces Beauty, art journal page, detail-b

As my art journal is an altered book , it was quite handy to decoupage a patterned napkin directly onto the page and leave it at that. It's a personal victory to finally use one of these lovely patterned serviettes. I have stash issues.

This piece has been a good exercise for between projects. I like the challenge of bringing paper and fabric together with some stitchery to keep my restless fingers satisfied.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Revamp


Deposition, mixed media collage

I remounted these two older pieces in the hopes of attracting a new forever home for them. I admit they are rather somber. They're littermates in a series I did quite a few years ago about working through childhood loss(es). Some have been "adopted", that is sold through the gallery they were exhibited in, and some were permanently retired. Not all the puppies make it.

Levitation, mixed media collage

Anywhoo not to get too broody here - if one can make art about their issues, then one's already in a better place - I took them out of there deep black frames and attached them to coarse cotton fabric stiffened with gesso. It's a technique I'm really excited about because it sets off well my casual style without having to bother with mat frames (especially if I'm not working in a standard size). Simply dry brush two coats of gesso on osnaburg - but allow for shrinkage.


Deposition, mixed media collage, detail

I like the added bonus of putting a subtle machine sewn border all around to complement the art work. First time I used one of those dang fancy stitches on the Janome. (Maybe it's not too much machine after all.)

Levitation, mixed media collage, detail

These two pieces are available in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt

For you image hounds, more pics of my artwork and other lurid snapshots can be found on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pegasaurusart_

To see the arts & crafts that inspire and goad me, check out my drug of choice, Pinterest (no hangovers! no jail time!): https://www.pinterest.com/allycepsilva/boards/