I have been invited to present my artwork to the Valdese Heritage Arts Center in Valdese, NC, in order for the committee to decide whether or not to jury me in. So, I've been deciding what pieces to turn in, and making a couple of new pieces to make sure I have a variety of items to offer in the gallery. I was advised to turn in samples of "anything you think you might want to display here," so I am turning in some pieces using different mediums as well. Here are pictures of some of the newer pieces I created, and an old, sentimental and special little handbag that I created after my youngest son was born, still makes my eyes fill up when I look at it...
"Seed Pods and Shell" 8" x 10" I start this piece out by creating one digital image which incorporates two different images into one with Photoshop. I print one copy of the artistically manipulated photos onto cotton poplin (in the background) and another copy on silk organza (in the foreground) and mount them both to a stretcher frame, giving the two photos a holographic effect that you really can't appreciate in these pictures. Then I covered the wooden frame with a piece of upholstery fabric that I had screen printed metallic fabric paint through a thermofax screen with a crackle design.
Switching to another medium that I love--jewelry, I decided to finish this piece, which I started probably 5 months ago. I crocheted sterling silver 28 gauge wire, and included various shapes, sizes and colors of beads throughout the three strands. This is addictive! It's a simple chain stitch, if you can do that, you can do this. Added the clasp and the fun silver pendant at the end. It is so light to wear, you don't even know it's there, and it will go with anything.
I bought this adorable watch face at Michaels or AC Moore probably a year ago, and kept waiting to feel inspired to make a band to go with it. After I made the necklace, I knew I wanted a watch using the same technique, so here it is. The watch face had four holes drilled on each side, so I made each strand individually, then put them together and added the heart shaped toggle clasp to match. Very light and comfy to wear! I love the metallic beads, they're my favorites.
Forty something artistic soul finding her way through life discovering new insights almost every day through the gift of "making."
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