To read about how I made the Automaton Icon, please visit paperwhimsy.com inspire blog.
This is the first icon in a series. Some will use the paperwhimsy Automaton Form
and some will be very different as you can see from the piece below.
This piece began with a photo that was printed onto Transfer Paper and ironed onto fabric. I embroidered the face, then the hair. Next, I painted some areas with metallic paint, and added the beads and embellishments. Finally it was wrapped around a 6″ x 8″ x 2″ deep gesso board surface.
Freaky or pretty? I’ve had comments saying both things. I think some tension in a piece is a good thing. What do you think?
The process for both pieces is the same. First, a digital collage is made and printed out onto Transfer Artist Paper (TAP). It is then ironed onto fabric. From there, I embroider over the collage and add beads, ribbon, or wire mesh depending on the texture desired. These two pieces were stretched onto canvas stretcher bars, stapled down and framed with simple black frames. Growing Up is 8″ x 14″ inches. Little Flower is 9″ x 24″.
They are on exhibit in Alexandria, VA until November 2 in a show titled Metamorphosis.
Del Ray Artisans: View the art exhibit from October 3 through November 2, 2014 during gallery hours: Thursdays 12-6pm, Fridays & Saturdays 12-9pm, and Sundays 12-6pm. The gallery is free, open to the public and handicap accessible.
This is a 6″ x 6″ piece of embroidery on cloth using French Knots in the motif of the Heart.
Detail of a collage. This part is a transfer using TAP.
For this piece I made a collage in Photoshop and printed it out onto Lesley Riley’s TAP (Transer Artist Paper). This became the centerpiece for a collage made with paper, thread and cloth.
This is a self portrait made for the Needle Thread Cloth blog. The blog was a year long challenge exercise that ended in May 2014 with the portrait challenge. While there will be no more new challenges, anyone is welcome to follow any of the challenges and email a photo to me. I will continue to post any new work sent in. You can find the challenges HERE. Mail your photos to:
Little Flower is an 8″ x 10″ embroidery printed onto Jacquard ExtravOrganza silk and is sewed over hand dyed fabrics. This piece was made for the challenge at Needle Thread Cloth. A simple dress made of wire mesh is embellished with purple french knots.
There will be an opening reception at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, Virginia on Saturday, January 18th and a closing reception on Saturday February 8th. Specific times to be announced. The Royal Purple piece has been donated for the auction to benefit Food for Others. The silent auction will be finalized and closed on February 8th. A large number of participants have generously donated their work! This will be a wonderful opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind artwork — please help us spread the word!
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.