Made on Monday 20 – Leftovers

Over the past few weeks I have been working with similar colors and layered backgrounds. Being loathe to throw anything away, I had accumulated a little bag of off-cuts and bits trimmed from the preceding weeks’ pieces. When I started playing with them, they assembled themselves into another little abstract collage with some pleasing shapes and colors.

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Made on Monday is the brainchild of Canadian textile artist Kate Bridger. There are now eleven “artist pages” with more waiting in the wings.

Thanks for coming by, and have a great Monday!

Made on Monday 19 – Rust and Lace

A couple of years ago, I stumbled on the book Visual Guide to Working in a Series by the art quilter, Elizabeth Barton. I had just downloaded it as an e-Book and begun to read it, when Christmas came around and my husband had bought the book for me (“it kind of looked like something you might like”). So this is one of a few books I keep in a stack for bedtime reading. I immediately saw why working in a series might be important, but I was unable to put the good advice into practice. There are so many things that interest me, catch my eye, distract me from my original idea, fill my head with so many new ideas…back in THE 60s I’d have attributed it to my sun and moon in Gemini, you know…mutable air sign. Now in MY 60s, I’ve finally been given more time to fill as I please, and my ambitions have expanded accordingly.

This was what attracted me to the Made on Monday challenge. My mission, if I chose to accept it, was to force myself to work in a series. Now, admittedly, I started out in a certain direction, using various fabric manipulation techniques, and though I have veered slightly away from that for the moment, there is no telling when I may veer back. But as I approach the half-way point and look back, I do see a certain evolution and relatedness. I can see some “series within series”. This week’s piece is just a little abstract that continues with elements from some past weeks, including applique’d rusted fabric, applique’d photographs of lace on silk, couching, machine stitching, and the remains of the tiny bits of metal left on that same 6″ square of transfer foil I’ve been using for about the last two months! #19 Rust and Lace

Made on Monday is the brainchild of Canadian textile artist Kate Bridger. Lots of eye candy on view on the site!

Have a great week!

Made on Monday 18 – Spring Thing

In a previous post I revealed that my hoarding tendency extends to saving of thread trimmings cut from many projects. I’m pleased to say that finally found something to do with them! Well, some of them. Continuing on with my current lace fetish, I tried again to “make” lace using soluble stabilizer and machine stitching. This time I used a little handful of colorful thread snippets for the filler, and multi-colored cotton for the framework. Maybe not fine art, but a lot of fun to do. I allowed it to be as gaudy as it wanted to be, and added some hand beading for a center. Here’s my Spring Thing–

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Made on Monday is the brainchild of Canadian textile artist Kate Bridger. Late in 2015, Kate issued a challenge to all two-dimensional artists working in any media, to complete one small “mini-art” piece per week for a year. The only limiting criterion is that each piece must be 5” x 5”. Artists with at least 12 pieces completed are featured on their own “artist page” on the MoM web site. There are now 11 individual pages for artists from several countries participating, and more in the works.

It’s lots of fun to see what everyone comes up with each week, and I’m glad I decided to give this a try. It is helping me to learn how to “practice” my creative work, and I’m storing up lots of ideas for future. It is also quite satisfying to see that I’ve actually succeeded in producing one little piece each week for the past 20 and the more I do, the more I look forward to them.

Have a great week!

Made on Monday 17 – Lihue Sunset

How many techniques can I use in 25 square inches?

Continuing with my current fascination with lace, this piece consists of fused layers of hand-dyed and lace Gelli Plate monoprint on cotton; manipulated photo images of lace printed on Lutradur, then heat distressed; art papers, foil, tulle and machine stitching in variegated cottons and metallic threads; inks and colored pencil.

It was inspired by the view of the mountains across Nawiliwili Bay from Kalapaki Beach, at Lihue, HI. We were treated to this view for seven days last week. This one is dedicated to my Montfort Ohana, Nancy, Unc The Fox and dearest cuz Pauli who have made it possible for me to get my tropical fix on a regular basis. Mahalo nui loa.#17 Lihue Sunset

The Made On Monday site is live here. New artist pages are being created often. Be sure to check it out!

Made on Monday 16 – Vernal Equinox

More mixed media and an impression of the late winter trees at the end of a rainstorm.

Fused layers of hand-dyed cotton; art papers, metallic tulle, foil, heat distressed acetate taffeta, stamping ink, metallic colored pencils, Mod Podge, and a bit of moss that fell out of the big fir tree in the yard, in last night’s rainstorm. I had been trying to “make” some moss using my sewing machine, and was having a bit of a time with it…but it seems I didn’t need to for this piece. No stitching of any kind!

#16 Vernal Equinox

Happy First Day of Spring!

The Made On Monday site is live here. New artist pages are being created often. Be sure to check it out!

Made on Monday 15 – Rusty 1

I’ve been playing with a lot of different techniques for altering and using, abusing and fusing fabrics and other materials, mixing my media, so to speak.
This week’s piece started with some cotton fabric that I dyed in tea first, then left out in the rain for a couple of days with some rusting objects in and on it…washers, nails, chain, iron stakes, and other doo-dads I found around the side of the house that we call “funkytown”. I added an image from a photograph of a rusty old piece of mining equipment, printed on Lutradur,heat distressed and cut out, layered with art papers and tulle, a little foiling, couched novelty yarns, and freehand stitched on the ol’ Redhead treadle.

 

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I love the rusty blotches and have more of that fabric, so watch for more Rusties in future!

The Made On Monday site is live here. New artist pages are being created often. Be sure to check it out!

Made on Monday 14 – Nets of Being

And now, for something completely different! (If you can cite the reference you’re dating yourself!)
If you know me, you know that I love color. My MoM pieces for the first 13 weeks began in a rather colorful way, but I really got on a monochrome jag for awhile there. The response to it was very gratifying and I will keep that mode in my repertoire, but I’m pining for color.
The title of this piece comes from a poem by Charles Olson. I studied this poem in university days. I never was sure I quite understood it, but the words are beautiful, humorous and mysterious and speak to me of the mysteries of life. I imagine I am a bit more aware of all those mysteries now than I was 45 years ago. The phrase keeps coming back to me “awake, my sleeping ones, disentangle the nets of being”.
What are those nets of being? This got me thinking about physical nets, knotted, woven, fibers, textiles, cloth, even lace, and how it is made and how it holds together, or doesn’t. An interesting metaphor for life, perhaps. I supposed my nets of being might be what I want them to be, in the colors I choose, and perhaps with some stray pretties and not-so pretty bits caught up in them.

 

This net was made by sandwiching pieces of decorative yarns, ribbons, and threads between two layers of Solvy Ultra (water soluble stabilizer). I pinned and clipped these layers together and stitched a frame around the outside. Here’s the sandwich under the needle, after the initial square frame was stitched.IMG_1782

I used my 1911 Singer model 66-1 for this project. I love to use this machine because it is so smooth, reliable, quiet and placed at a window where I have a nice view. It’s very meditative, and sews a better seam than most of my newer machines.

Here is the piece after I had completed the stitching of the net.

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The next step was to trim off the excess Solvy film in the margins, then immerse the whole thing in water. I dissolved and rinsed out most of the Solvy glue, but left in a little to assist with shaping. Then I blocked it with pins and let it dry in a 3-D rumpled shape, as a net might be when thrown out to dry. (Here a tip of the hat and good hopes for all the crab fishermen who could not fish this winter on our coast, due to the closure of the Dungeness crab fishery in Northern California). Anyhow, here is a shot of the drying phase.

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Finally, the piece was affixed to the background. And here is the finished piece.IMG_1796

 

The Made On Monday site is live here. New artist pages are being created often. Be sure to check it out!