theresa mARTin

mixed media art


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Mass production of ATC’s

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On the work table are some collages that will be turned into ATC’s Artist Trading Cards for a visit to Artistic Artifacts where artists trade these fun little 2.5″ x 3″ artworks. I’ve sewn together papers, watercolors, fabric and some shiny radiance papers which are then cut down to ATC size.  It’s a good way to ‘mass produce’ a lot of little collages.

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Some stars

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I found the tiniest little gold star beads at a small local bead shop. I sewed them onto this 6″ x 6″ piece that is part of the series of nine that I’m making for the November show at Glenview Mansion Art Gallery.  The girl is from my collection of very old photographs. The dress, which looks like metal, is a wonderful material that is no longer available for purchase. It’s a plastic material that feels like cloth called Radiance Papers. It’s one of those things that I have in my studio that I’m reluctant to use, because it can’t be replaced, but I’m working on letting go of these type of things. I think she deserves her dress of gold. And I hope she has many wishes granted by those stars.

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The four person show promises to be a good one.

November 6-23
Opening Reception: Sunday, Nov. 6, 1:30-3:30pm

 Exhibitions are open to the public; entry is free.
ADA accessible.
Hours:  Mon., Tues.,   Wed., Fri.: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 Thurs.: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Closed Weekends and Official Holidays
Located in Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, Md. 20851


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More Dyeing in the summertime

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I use the book Color by Accident as a guide for dyeing in mason jars in the summer time. I was introduced to this by Judy Gula at Artistic Artifacts who regularly has Dye Days at her place.  I prefer to dye at her warehouse (big space!) but sometimes I dye at home on my own. Taking advantage of the heat we’re having, which helps set the color, I have dyed some fabrics and tea bag papers. Like the name of the book implies, the results one gets are not repeatable because it doesn’t require a scientific, exact approach. It’s just right for me, and I always get results that are varied and pretty. Different textures and fabric types make for some neat surprises.

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The photos give you an idea but this piece needs to be seen in person.  Please come to my show at the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery in Rockville, MD, Opening November 6th, 2016.

The felted background is made from Tibetan Yak Roving which is incredibly soft.  The girl’s image was transferred onto a light green felt. The beads are Gold Delica and Christmas beads. Added to the felt are ribbons plus some of my hand dyed organza silk and cottons.  The piece is approximately 10″ x 15″; it widens towards the bottom.

Please come to my show at the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery in Rockville, MD, Opening November 6th, 2016 to see this piece and others in person. Follow this blog for more details and photos as the time approaches.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers…or just pretty pods

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These are not quite the pods from the old movie, but they do remind me of pods or leaves. They are made from roving which I turn into felt, then shape and embroider.  They are about 4 inches wide and range in length from 7 – 9 inches long. theresamARTinPod4

 

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