Saturday, January 26, 2019

Freiheit VI, VIII, and IX

(Above from left to right: Me, Freiheit VII, Freiheit VIII, and Freiheit IX.  Click on any image to enlarge.)

Although I haven't written a blog post in over a week, I have been busy! Constructing these pieces took less time than the process of preparing them for not one but TWO pours of epoxy.  It was worth it!

 (Above:  Freiheit VIII on the left and a sliver of Freiheit IX on the right.)

Taking photographs of artwork covered in two layers of epoxy is tricky!  I haven't figured it out but I'm trying.  Inside, there is absolutely no place where I'm not getting reflections of overhead light or the tripod and camera, or myself ... as can be seen in the photo above.

(Above:  Freiheit VII.  Framed: 41 1/2" x 32 1/2".  Layers of fused polyester stretch velvet, metallic foil, and epoxy with self-guided, free-motion stitching.  The work is wrapped around and stapled to wooden stretcher bars.  The stretcher bars included a piece of foam centered board for support.)

To snap the individual photos, I set up a contraption on my shaded front porch.  It included black curtains hanging in front of the piece.  Even so, the curtains were quite wide enough.  My husband Steve held up large pieces of black foam-centered board.  These are the best images we got!

(Above:  Freiheit VIII.  Framed: 41 1/2" x 32 1/2".)

I know that I need some "hot spots" of white reflection ... in order to indicate the epoxy ... but the lighting is still quite uneven.  The picture at the top of this blog post is actually the best representation of how the appear in person.  At an angle, I can eliminate most of the glare, but I really do need images that are taken straight-on and squarely.  Perhaps I'll try again!

 (Above:  Freiheit IX.  Framed: 41 1/2" x 32 1/2".)

Below are some of the detail shots ... which were just as difficult to capture as the larger image.  Thank goodness that I make work because I love it, not because I'm most interested in a good picture of the result!


LiveLifeFully said...

This is fabulous! So enjoyable to see, and so inspiring!

Quilt Artistry said...

What kind of epoxy did you use and how did you apply it?
Did you set it into the frame then pour the epoxy in to fill the frame?
It is really beautifully done.

Ann Scott said...

Beautiful pieces, I really like them framed. Because of my Photograph on Fiber series I understand your pain. My pieces have photos adhered to the back of a piece of plexi-glass. My son is my photographer and as I recall we had to go into the dark garage, hold up a large piece of black fabric that had a small opening for only the camera lens. He set up defused lighting from the sides. You have a much larger surface to capture, it is a challenge for sure.