I'm beginning a new series of small textile pieces that will incorporate quotations and images that reflect some aspect of the quotation -- I'm calling it my Inspirations series. I'm inspired by this new series, and I hope that the pieces inspire others as well. My plan is to make multiple versions of each piece, to explore different design variations. I think this will work well for me, as it allows me to combine the thoughtful exploration of ideas as well as experiment with design and embellishment. Plus, I'll build up a body of small works, which I am currently lacking.
Oh, and did I mention the giveaway part? I'll choose one version of each piece to give away to my blog readers (that's you!). I hope to complete a new set of pieces every month. So come back regularly to catch the giveaways! (Remember that you can sign up through a blog reader or get new posts by email -- see the links on the sidebar.)
Before I get into this first piece, I want acknowledge some of those who have been inspirational to me. Thanks to Lesley Riley, whose Fragment series was part of the inspiration for my new series, and to Cynthia St. Charles, whose Mail Art Project gave me the idea of creating multiple versions of each piece and to include the blog giveaway part. And of course, thanks to Q, who inspires me every day, as well as giving helpful feedback and suggestions.
This piece began with a photo I took of PC, one of Q's mother's cats. I was sitting on the floor, taking pictures of PC, and she came up to stare at the camera.
In Photoshop, I cropped the piece and enhanced the brightness and contrast. For the final version, I then used the dark strokes filter in Photoshop and printed the photo on a cotton fabric sheet especially designed for inkjet printers.
I began to hunt through my collection of quotations, pondering what kinds of themes were evoked by this photo. The eyes seemed the most compelling aspect . . . those big eyes . . . big, wondering eyes.
So this quote by Ray Bradbury seemed perfect: "Stuff your eyes with wonder . . . live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories." But I didn't like the reference to dropping dead, which seemed unduly dramatic and evoked a sense of threat that I didn't see in the photo. So I cut that portion of the quote to more clearly focus on experiencing life with wonder.
|The four different pieces I created from this inspiration:|
Cotton fabrics sewn onto a Timtex base, machine and hand stitching,
each approximately 6" x 8"
|We framed this piece and gave it to Q's mother, who loved it.|
|Experimenting with a vertical orientation. |
I like the "whisker" effect of the embroidery.
|This one features hand embroidery with bead accents.|
I hope your week is full of wonder!