This is the latest Paperwhimsy inspire piece and you can read more about how it was made HERE. I love Gale’s new reliquary form and it comes in two sizes, medium at 6-1/4″ tall by 6″ and large at 8″ tall by 7-3/4. I used the large one for this piece. You can buy them HERE. It’s a great form for making a Christmas piece, and it’s simple to put together. The images and embellishments you choose for inside the panels can give you a lot of wow factor.
The Artistic Artifacts Metallic Challenge brought out the Magpie in me. I love metallic finishes such as rust, gold, rhinestones and the metallic threads that go with my new interest in embroidery. I wanted to create a piece that felt like metal but was made with pliable materials. I like the idea that the materials disguise themselves as something stronger.
This is the piece I submitted to the Metallic Challenge. The guest curator is Diane Herbort. A public exhibit of all challenge entries will open with a reception on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The exhibit will close on Saturday, February 8, with another reception.
If you are in the area, please save those dates and come on by! You will love your visit to Artistic Artifacts. The exhibition will be filled with over 40 gorgeous pieces of 8″ x 10″ ‘metallic’ art. If you can’t make it in person you can always visit and shop there virtually.
P.S. If you’d like to enter too, even though the deadline is November 23, I’ll bet you could shoot Judy an email and ask for a wee extention.
This is the latest Quirky Embroidery piece. Gold, blue and black are the colors of the moment. I’ve added paper and rhinestones to the embroidery. I’m thinking about pushing the quirky pieces more towards the mixed media pieces I love, like the paperwhimsy piece above. A combination of the two may be in the future.
During our recent visit to Rome we were searching for an embroidery shop I’d seen mentioned on the web. After finding it closed (shops close down for a few hours mid day) we kept walking through the area and found this place. It was also closed but we returned later. The place was unassuming from the outside and cramped and stuffed to the rafters inside. We suspect they supply trim to the some of the liturgical garb places in the nearby streets.
The shop seems to be run by two women. The older woman was delightful and seemed to thrill that someone found the goods as bella as she did. She kept gesturing to different pieces and mentioning their colors, saying they were beautiful. The younger woman wasn’t as happy about our visit but cheered up as time went on. I purchased a few beautiful gold pieces and some lace. I love this place and wish there was something comparable in the states. I didn’t return to find the embroidery shop again as it wasn’t nearly as exciting as the passamaneria.
Here are the quirky results of playing with thread and cloth.
The 4″ x 4″ collage houses were made for the Needle Thread Cloth challenge at my and Jan’s new blog. Each month we throw out a challenge and display the results. Please visit the site and sign up to follow us if you are interested in embroidery. The challenge this month is House and Couch Stitch. My houses are on paper this time, painted with stencils and Lumiere Metallic Paints. The couching was done with Painter’s Thread Gimp. The challenges can be interpreted widely and it’s a lot of fun.
This group of ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) was begun in a class taken at Artistic Artifacts given by Diane Hebort. Diane and Artistic Artifacts hosted a trade day where I received some great ATC’s in exchange for mine.
This is not the end of metal madness. I’m enjoying the blatant shininess of it all.