I’m super happy to announce (now that the package has safely arrived) that I’ll be showing (and selling) three pieces at Ghost Gallery in Seattle starting November 14. (Facebook event here, if you’re interested.) All the pieces in the show will also be available online.
I’m nervous, excited, anxious, proud and thrilled all at the same time.
Thanks to Bridgeen for sending the call my way. She’ll have some work in the show as well.
One of my favorite things about embroidering on paper is when things go just slightly wrong and have to be fixed- not torn to pieces wrong, just slightly off. Maybe there’s a whole in not quite the right spot, maybe things look a little wonky.
Take the piece I am currently working on, for example. The crosses were just a little bit too long. I wanted them larger, and it just so happened this was the size of the graph paper I have on hand. But, I only have a few pieces of blank paper from this particular book to work with, so I didn’t want to just chuck the whole thing out. As hard as it is to do when I have a very clear idea in my head (I just want to Get. It. Out.), I walked away from the work for a whole evening. The solution came while I was sleeping, and it was simple and very obvious: just make the crosses into double crosses. Done.
And it looks a thousand times better.
I never know exactly how things are going to turn out, but I am pleasantly surprised more often than not. The second piece to go along with the first was finished much faster (now that there was a plan).
Here’s the whole thing, with photos from my proper DSLR.
I took a little bit of inspiration from the photo of my great-grandparents that I have sitting on my desk. Diamond shape at the top, chevron at the bottom.
Also, this piece needs a title. Ideas anyone?
I’ve been working on a new piece in my head for a week or so, and I finally sat down and started it on Wednesday. It’s moved along pretty quickly, but I won’t be able to share it for a while. It’s got a secret future. But I will share eventually. I have one more page with this embossed detail that I will be doing something with soon.
I also finished up the second piece from The Teddy Roosevelt Book. I can’t remember if I ever shared the first one; if not, here it is: The Good Citizen. And here are the two together. (Please forgive the mobile phone photography. It’s been rainy and gray.) I’m honestly not sure how I feel about these. They feel a bit forced to me. But I’ve had the sketch of the covered wagon done for ages and ages. It needed to get done so I could move on. I do think I’ve come up with a way to do satin stitching on paper, so there was at least something interesting learned from it.
In other news, I’m starting to seriously look for calls for art to respond to. I’d like to see some of my work out there in the world before this time next year.
For the latest Phat Quarter swap I created this piece for Rebecca (aka hugsarefun) loosely based on an image of a carved sandstone screen I came across in one of my many trips around the internet. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to come close to reproducing the level of detail that was in the carving (isn’t is just wonderful, by the way?) but I knew I could emphasize the pentagons and add a few levels of “five” (aka the theme of the swap) to the piece. I had actually picked out a different piece of paper to use for this but I ripped the darn thing. Ah well. This one worked out just fine.
Whenever the seasons change, I feel a pull to read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.
With each read, I find something different that sticks with me. And this time, I felt compelled to purposefully stitch a passage. I wanted to really take in the full meaning, and so I chose cross stitch (so I would pay full attention to each letter) on a piece of Aida I had floating around. I didn’t plan much. I pulled out an alphabet that was simple, and not too large. The size of the fabric dictated the width. There is room at the top and the bottom and I plan to add some light blue and/or silvery trees.
With the approach of fall, I find myself wishing for sweaters and fires. As it turns to winter, I always dream of my favorite January one year in college where I had my apartment to myself (two room mates had gone home for Winter Break), and while I did have a job, the hours were not heavy. So I read, and wrote. It was perfect.
As winter approaches this year, I want to keep this thought in mind. So I plan to finish this up in plenty of time and keep it within sight.