Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Stitch, stitch, stitch!
(Above: Detail of Anonymous, a Grave Rubbing Art Quilt. Click on image to enlarge. Work in progress.)
Hot Springs National Park is inspiring and I’m hard at work. Every day sees the completion of a new chiffon banner covered in free motion embroidered epitaphs and a couple dozen or so pages in The Book of Death. I’ve also started a small art quilt (approximately 26” x 25”) based on WATER. After all, it is the water that makes this national park so unique. The average temperature when it bubbles up from the ground is 143 degrees and it is pure … absolutely perfectly pure, colorless, odorless, hot water. Hopefully there will be photos tomorrow.
(Above: A ball of "cord" made by free motion zigzag stitching over five or six strands of yarn. This is the first step in making one of my fiber vessels. Click on image to enlarge.)
I’ve also decided to create a fiber vessel. My intention is to make a three dimensional work abstractly representing the forty-three “springs” … which are actually all covered here … protected … although there are a few “display springs” and an exhibition window to one in the basement of the National Park Headquarters (The Fordyce Bathhouse Museum).
(Above: Anonymous on the living room sofa at Hot Springs National Park's "artist-in-residence" house. Click on image to enlarge.)
Every night I’m also stitching on Anonymous, the Grave Rubbing Art Quilt designed to stitch in public … which I will be doing this coming Saturday from 1 – 5 in the Fordyce Bathhouse lobby. Thus far, the tiny vintage embroidered pieces along the edge are completely finished … all 125+ of them. I’m over halfway done with the “crazy stitching” on and around the vintage pieces that surround the child’s slip with the grave rubbing. Hours and hours to go … no problem finishing with nothing to do in public! Stitch, stitch, stitch! This is a "month of Sundays" dream come true!
Posted by Susan Lenz at 7:15 PM