|Cake, Mixed Media Textile Collage|
Dessert is my happy place. Yet without the metabolism of a gazelle, my visits are few and far between. And so I vicariously indulge appetite with art - reminding myself of greater, more lasting pleasures.
This innocently began with a little scrap play, leftovers from my recent textile collage, Cross. Some of the pieces tiered so nicely suggesting you-know-what that I couldn't help myself. Beads, buttons, lace, ribbon - just too easy. Heady stuff.
|Cake, Mixed Media Textile Collage, detail-a|
I think the key for me was to make a background that had some texture but didn't compete with the centerpiece. I dry brushed a cotton fabric background then laminated an old dictionary page on top, whitewashing it to keep the words from jumping off the page. Went over this with a glaze of delicate metallic lilac to suggest a glow of sorts.
|Cake, Mixed Media Textile Collage, detail-b|
The embroidery was done with a mix of flosses and perles - think different line thicknesses for mark-making. Got myself into a little trouble when I originally stitched the candle "light" circles in a very different color. Couldn't get past it and so carefully undid and redid them all in the white you see now.
It was a good opportunity to use some stitches I hadn't tried in a long while. Coral, for example. It's a challenge to incorporate the fancier ones when my style tends casual. Plus it has to make sense in my head - think existential.
|Cake, Mixed Media Textile Collage, detail-c|
Hoping others find this delectable. I found it quite satisfying, and wouldn't mind trying another. There seem to be all sorts of possibilities. Aaagh - sugar rush!
"Cake" and other original artwork listed in my Etsy shop:
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