I finished another piece of weaving in the last week. While weaving, I liked the blue and white piece shown in progress below the best. But, I am having problems figuring out how to mount it. I played around with paint and acid free tissue paper on this canvas and found I liked it. However, once I place the little tapestry on the canvas it faded into the background. Instead, what I decided to do was sew the tapestry on a cloth, then attach it to a small canvas, and then sew the smaller canvas onto the larger one. I am pleased with the results and now find I like this little tapestry. Now what to do with the blue and white one....
Just a note about living in the country, this past Sunday as I was in my studio weaving I heard a large crash of something hitting one of our large windows followed by ferocious barking by our little muttly dog. I looked out the window to see that our dog Elsie had cornered a young racoon who was putting up a game fight of defending himself against the approaches of our dog. I rushed out to realize that getting too close was not too bright not knowing if the raccoon was rabid or not and seeing it in a state of panic. I shut the back door and ran around to another door and with much shouting convinced Elsie she should leave the raccoon to its own business. I later looked out to see my horse snorting and galloping around the field and ran outside in time to see the raccoon scooting up the tree next to his field. I ran and got my camera and took photos of the little guy as he tried to recover from his panicked state. If my horse had not called attention to him, I would have never seen this little guy in the tree, his coloring really helps him melt into the tree. Luckily, he did not find my two chickens who are the only souls left from recent dog attacks in our barn.
My art has always been driven by my love of the natural world. I like to portray the little things in a big way. I tend to scale my views of nature either full scale or oversized, so that details of color and structure become visible in new ways, conveying the essence of each object and scene as I experience them. I believe that every person has a special relationship to nature, yet in capturing the abstract elements of a plant or animal, it is my hope that people feel a desire to take the time to look more closely at the nature that surrounds them and perhaps gain a new appreciation for each small thing.
My art-to-wear is as much about the process. My designs are usually a mix of recycled fabrics and unique new fabrics , and embellished with ribbon, appliques, or hand stitching. My goal is to design and sew a unique, and eye catching, piece of wearable art that you love to wear.