You can see where I am now beginning to go back and add some "detail" work to it. I still need more.
Monday, January 29, 2007
I ended up staying an extra week at Jan & Jean's class. It was quite an experience. What was truly amazing was my wonderful husband's response when I called him up and said that I wanted to stay an extra week (which meant double the already substantial cost!), all he said was "I knew you weren't going to be able to leave." What did I get out of the class:
1. Remembering that this is art; always remember the basics.
2. Don't let your work be defined by "cool" technique instead of good design.
3. Work our your ideas before trying to come up with a finished project. In art school, we started by doing tons of drawings, then creating a mock up, BEFORE making the decision of whether to create a more "finished" or "resolved" work. I don't think I have spent more than short time trying to work out my ideas before beginning a piece in a very long time!
4. Don't add glitz just to add glitz.
5. I really do like stitching by hand.
Well, there were many more things that I learned, but I think that these were the most important. This is one of samples we did in class. It is a pattern based on butterfly wings.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
In a never ending need to not do what I should be doing (which is working on my C&G certification), I decided to try my hand at felting a head. Here is my first attempt. It was so much easier than I thought, which, of course, now means that I want to do another. One isn't in focus (I took it on one of those credit card size cameras), but the other picture is in focus but the colors are not right.
Actually as a family project we are stripping the wallpaper from one of my son's room to so that we can paint it. I think that is what I am really trying to get out of doing!
I made this one last night! Isn't he fun! He doesn't have a name either - just a label - the fairy bear! He started out as a sheep from Ayala Talpai's book, but didn't want to be "sheepish". He is holding a wand made of tyvek, yarn and painted hot glue. I will try to take a better picture of him later.
I took a class from Sheir Serafini during the Fall. What a wonderful teacher, artist, and person! Unfortunately, my camera with a macro function is on the blink so the picture isn't very clear. Iwill try to retake it! (Robin, here is another one that I have recently finished!
My dear friend, Robin, checked out my blog and told me that I have "abandoned" my beading friends and the beading world! I am posting some of my beadwork to show her that is just isn't true. Admittedly, I don't spend all my time beading as I have been known to do. I am still doing pieces. Here is a piece that I don't particularly like. I think that I should have stopped with the embellishment about three hours earlier. Now, I think that it will never make a necklace amulet bag as it was intended, but maybe a Christmas ornament!