Saturday, May 5, 2018

More Than Meets The Eye

Love Prayer Flag, mixed media textile collage

Nothing profound at work here except for the sentiment expressed in word and symbol. It started off as a way to use up this deliberately wrinkled paper glued to fabric. I had spritzed it with walnut ink to highlight the network of random lines, let it languish in the cool-papers-for-collage-someday box for several years, and then smoothed on some cold wax for matte-y protection.

Love Prayer Flag, mixed media textile collage, detail-b

The color combo of yellows, greens, and oranges is irresistible to me. It reeks of wholesomeness and good cheer, qualities that often elude me. After one fabric was chosen the rest suggested themselves like a game of connect the dots. Most are upcycled clothing scraps - husband's shirt, grandma's dress, and some stranger's exquisite taste in office appropriate silk.

I like randomness so I fought myself tooth and nail to either leave the unevenly sided scraps alone or to be careless with my straight lines. It plays to my turning lack of precision skills to strengths of wabi-sabi-dom. I tell myself it confuses mischievous evil spirits - enemies of perfection!

Love Prayer Flag, mixed media textile collage, detail-a

I echo that "credo" in my embroidery. Here it was a challenge to find stitches that were more than mere dots and dashes but also didn't look out of character for the personality of the piece. My favorite part has to be the reddish triangles inner border. Big, small, wide, narrow - there's a parade of movement.

My newish thing lately has been to mount my collages onto dry-brush painted cotton. Has a canvas-y feel and obviates a mat come frame time. To add more polish and better job secure the edges I blanket stitch the perimeter. Only too happy to do so as it's a quite peaceful activity.

Secret compartment alert! This prayer flag doubles as a pouch for letters and keepsakes by having a slit and lined backside. (At 5" x 7" that's a decent amount of room.) By tucking in your heart's desire  safe and sound, you're augmenting all that good intention mojo.

Love Prayer Flag, mixed media textile collage, detail-c

The prayer flag is now up in my Etsy shop:

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