Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Lunette XXIX, a commission

(Above:  Lunette XXIX, a commissioned piece. Framed: 22" x 28". Polyester stretch velvets on recycled black synthetic packaging felt with free-motion machine stitching and melting techniques.  Click on any image to enlarge.)

Last week I started a blog post saying, "The New Year has certainly started out well!"  It has! In addition to installing my solo show at Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, Alabama, I had a commission to work on!  Lunette XXIX is the result.  Every time I receive a commission like this, I take loads of in progress photos and create a PDF for the client.  This blog post includes some of the pictures.

The client wanted a work that was similar to an earlier Lunette.  I printed a photo of that piece to use as a guide.  Then, I cut the foundation pieces.

Here's the second layer of polyester stretch velvets.

This photo shows all the pieces in place.

Here's the work under my sewing machine and ...

having holes melted through the layers using one of my three soldering irons.  I also created a video of the last phase, melting the work with an industrial heat gun.  The video is HERE.

Now the work is being stitched onto a piece of acid-free mat board ...


... before being fit into its frame.  The artwork has since been double-boxed and is on its way north to the client who viewed the photos I sent and LOVE THE WORK! 

(Above:  Lunette XXIX, detail.)

Now ... this is truly a great way to start a new year!  I am linking this blog post to Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Fridays", a site for sharing fiber arts!


Connie said...

Oh my goodness! I am in awe of this piece. When the Lord was passing out talent, you must have run around and got back in line many times over. I'm amazed!
P.S. if you have the time, please visit, I'm having a Give-A=Way to celebrate 6 years of blogging:)

Holly Cole said...

Holy merde gal that is amazing. So intricate, visually rich, & dense in its layering. Beautiful work.

SewManyDolls said...

Susan, thanks for sharing your photos! Such a beautiful piece, and it's fascinating to see the process. Love your blog and all that you do!

Christine said...

Thank you so much for your photos and video. Now I can understand how you manage to get the 'fringing' round the work. Absolutely amazing how much work goes into it.
I think I'll stick to ATCS! ! lol

Norma Schlager said...

I love seeing all the closeups to show the detail of your amazing work. Beyond stunning!