Saturday, January 08, 2022

Catchin UP: Round Five: Mandala C ... as in 100 !

(Above:  Mandala C ... as in Roman numeral 100 !  Custom framed: 13 3/4" x 13 3/4" when hung as a square. 19 1/4" x 19 1/4" when hung as a diamond.  Found objects hand-stitched to a section of a vintage quilt. Found objects include:  A gold Christmas light reflector; seven, bronze colored Dogfish beer caps; tiny brass hinges taken from small corrugated gift boxes; old keys; binder rings; antique, bone underwear buttons; clear sewing bobbins wound with yellow thread; four, corrugated centers from other Christmas light reflectors; and assorted sewing buttons.  Click on any image to enlarge.)

It's been just over a year-and-a-half since I started this Found Object Mandala Series.  I remember a thought from the beginning.  I wondered whether I would have enough "stuff" to finish the mandalas stitched on the first old quilt I cut into sections.  There was no way I would have believed that I'd hit the "one hundred" mark, but I did!

(Above:  Detail from Mandala C.)

Little did I know that there were generous people willing to donate to my stash.  Little did I know that my eyes would focus on "multiples" while haunting local thrift stores.  Little did I know that the series would be accepted in last November's Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft show and the upcoming 2022 Smithsonian Craft Show.  Yet, all of this has happened and I'm continuing to stitch more pieces.

 (Above:  Mandala C when hung as a diamond.)

At this very moment, I have three more pieces under construction.  One is quite large. One is quite small.  All will be finished, framed, photographed and shared here on my blog!  Life is good!

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