Monday, November 03, 2008

Coming Home, Part Three


(Click on image above if you want to really see how deep the pile of work waiting for my attention really is! I'm drowning in framing....the price to pay for six weeks in heaven!)

Steve and I finally pulled into our driveway on Sunday afternoon. I was overwhelmed with laundry, answering machine messages, unpacking, and an incredible pile of items waiting to be framed. My art catalog needed some attention too....in order that all the work made during the last six weeks got entered. This also required some better photos. It's been non-stop work since opening the car door here in Columbia.

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So....why didn't anyone in blogland catch my spelling error? Above is Atheist, a piece in my Decision Portrait Series....a piece I posted well over a week ago...a piece that originally spelled "phenomena" as "phenoma"! If you don't believe me, scroll down or click for older posts! Hilarious....I need "spell check" for my stitching!

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Above is the long awaited photo of the completed Crazy, a crazy quilt depicting Mamie Smith. She recorded the first Blues song, Crazy, in 1920. I couldn't get a decent photo of the whole piece until now. I'm thrilled with it: xylene transfer on tea-stained muslin; machine pieced; hand embroidered and beaded; trapunto stuffed center; 36" x 32".

(Click on image above to enlarge. Grave rubbings from Maine....crayon on silk. These are the pieces I'm not working on! I'll post the "proto-type" soon!)

I'm still getting some stitching done between the mats that need cut. The piece I'm working on is my first grave rubbing. It's turning into a heavily stitched art quilt...I think! It was done on tea-stained muslin but I learned that silk transfered the lettering much better. As a result, I bought several remnants at On Board Fabric in Edgecomb, Maine. A simple, child's Crayola brown crayon transferred the chiseled designs. I set them with an iron. It is the first time in my life that I really wanted a fabric with my own color/design. I have no idea where this obsession will lead me but I'm intending to follow the itch....maybe down to the graveyards in Charleston or the one only a block from my house....maybe I'll start a new series. Who knows!

4 comments:

SONYASPHERE said...

Welcome back home! I'll bet there is a sense of relief...and hey, Obama's IN!!! So it's time to celebrate!!!

Wanda said...

Really beautiful rubbings. I didn't know that could even be done!

Wanda said...

Sorry I didn't catch the spelling...no big surprise though. I am sure you are totally overwhelmed. But remember the feeling you had in Maine...the memory of the calmness may help as you tackle things one thing at a time. It's always one at a time..whether it's a day or a task.

Sara Lechner said...

these are wonderful! warm regards,
Sara