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Mary Mary

IMG_9427Mary Mary Quite Contrary is a 6″ x 6″ x 2″ mixed media piece.  It’s part of a series of nine that I’m working on for the show at Glenview Art Gallery in Rockville, MD, coming in November.  I began by scanning a photo into Photoshop, then printing it out onto Transfer Artist Paper. I ironed on the transfer to cotton, as you see above.

IMG_9455I drew the square and made an impression of the 2″ deep canvas board to define the edges. I painted the background metallic silver and roughed in the circle guidelines.

FullSizeRenderShe now has a green dress.  The first embellishments sewn on were the silver spikes. I added a row of pale blue Swarovski rhinestones inside the spike circle.

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The background has a rice stitch with Japanese silver leaf thread.  The final touch was the teeny tiny pearl necklace. It’s now stretched onto a 6″ x 6″ x 2″ canvas board.

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The collection grows.


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Icon Series for 2016 and a call for entries

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Next November 2016, I will be in a four person show at the Glenview Mansion Gallery in Rockville, MD. This Icon piece will be part of a nine piece series that I’m working on for the show.  As I finish the pieces over the next year, I’ll be posting them here.

ANTON is 6″ x 6″ x 2″ and is made with a photo transfer onto tea dyed fabric, Naga beads for the coat, a reversed vintage French hat label, Japanese Kimono thread and mica.

If you are an artist interested in showing at the Glenview Art Gallery in 2017, the 2017 Call for Entries Application will be available on-line Feb. 1, 2016.

The Art Gallery is located inside an elegant 1926 home included on the National Register of Historic Places and is located in a 153-acre park.


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Quirky Art for Dec 5 Pop Up Market at Artistic Artifacts

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Silver

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Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride

The small sculptures shown here will be available at the Artistic Artifacts Pop Up Market on Dec 5.

These are quirky small sculptures, available for one day only.

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On December 5th, 10am to 5pm, there will be a Pop Up Holiday Market at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria VA.  In addition to the Artistic Artifacts shop items there will be several “Creative Mind” artists displaying their work and offering it for sale. It’s a chance to meet the artists (including me) and see their work, as well as an opportunity to support small local business and the arts.

“Creative Mind” artists are local artists who meet at Artistic Artifacts to share ideas, art, offer classes and sometimes to ‘slow stitch’ together.  Come on by to find out more about the artists and the space.

Contact info and directions for the shop is HERE. Mapquest directions are HERE.

 

 

Syringe

Syringe

Syringe

Syringe

Tin Man

Tin Man

Tin Man

Tin Man

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Yesterday

Yesterday


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Pop Up Holiday Market Dec. 5 at Artistic Artifacts

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On December 5th, 10am to 5pm, there will be a Pop Up Holiday Market at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria VA.  In addition to the Artistic Artifacts shop items there will be several “Creative Mind” artists displaying their work and offering it for sale. It’s a chance to meet the artists (including me) and see their work, as well as an opportunity to support small local business and the arts.

“Creative Mind” artists are local artists who meet at Artistic Artifacts to share ideas, art, offer classes and sometimes to ‘slow stitch’ together.  Come on by to find out more about the artists and the space.

Contact info and directions for the shop is HERE. Mapquest directions are HERE.

 

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These photos are some of the items I’ll be showing. Please stop by to say hi and see the artwork, it will be great to meet you.

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Many of the items are from my work as a Design Team Member for Paperwhimsy.

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Several horse pins will be available. One day only.

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Sale price of the Horse Pins is $55.00


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Signs of obsession – three new needlefelt pieces.

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"913"  6" x 26"

913 6″ x 26″

One definition of obsession is consuming passion and it takes that kind of passion to hand needle felt large sections of felt “cloth”. I find the process meditative and enjoyable.

All three new pieces featured here have large hand felted backgrounds with hand embroidery, beading and iron on transfers.

Star Halo

Detail of Star Halo The round dark circle at the lower right is my camera lens which unfotunatley shows up on the mirrored surface.

Star Halo has a needle felted background with an iron on transfer. I used Lesley Riley’s Transfer Artist Papers (TAP) which worked beautifully to make the transfer onto the wool felt. Beads and hematite stars make up the halo. The base, an old beat up tin tile, came from a salvage building material supply place. The tile has thick silver paint which is rubbed off in areas and it inspired the idea of the rubbed and scratched mirror. The blue vintage hand pull was colored with Swellegant, which is a dye oxide for making a patina on metal.

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Star Halo 9″ x 14″

"915"  15" x 23"

915 15″ x 23″  915 has a bit of a starry night swirl thing going on.

 

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Detail of 915 The iron on transfer on the wool felt leaves some areas looking rubbed away, which gives the photo a feeling of being gently time worn.

The needle felting is done with a large Clover Mat brush and a five needle pen style tool. Here is a short video to show the process of needle felting which will you give you an idea of the “obsession” needed to make these larger pieces.

This video shows a man making beads instead of cloth, but the process is demonstrated very well in the video.

What is your obsession? What do you find meditative and enjoyable?

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