Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Start of Weaving Poetics

Dscn2013 Dscn2011_1 This is 1 of 3 in the Weaving Poetics.  Its entitled Lena Bell.  I'm using hand-dyes by Helene Davis as a back drop for the scrapbook style quilts.   Dscn2012The backdrop is sparsely quilted which I'll change for the next one.  I thought about stretching it around a canvas frame which was an idea I picked up over the summer from Joanne Weiss, but decided against that one,...then I thought about sewing all 3 together like a book and making it interactive so the viewer would have to turn the pages.  They will measure around 18"x24".  I hope to have all 3 completed by mid-October to hang in a local theatre's lobby.  I really want a simple layout but its been difficult for me to find the best of simple.  The 3 pieces will be united by backround fabric, photos, poetry, and a woven embellishment.  Here is the first one nearly completed except for my binding choice. I used red-iron on crystals to signify blood dropping from the tree branch (you can click on the photo to enlarge).  This one is bascially a mock up for the other 2 (possibly 3) Lena Bell was my great aunt who lived to be 100. She died in 1998.  Also,the start of the second one under the needle.  I get such a zing from power sewing at the sewing machine. Dscn2024



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8 comments:

  1. These will be powerful statements! Such a unique way to use photos, too!

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  2. Love the way you're using these photos and how they look, esp the way the text floats over the pic. Nice!

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  3. Karoda, these are so much more than "just" scrapbook quilts! The weaving and the words are very visually challenging and bring the picture into the quilt instead of it looking slapped on (like so many scrapbook-y quilts). I love how the tree looks like a woman. I hope you are planning on submitting a picture of these to the C&T Publishing Digital Imagery book (due 10/1), this would be a shoe-in I would think!

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  4. Love the weaving of the words through the photograph. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

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  5. These will be powerful--still waters run deep--pieces. Love the subtle, grey hand-dyed fabric like the mists of time around the photos with the words drifting about.

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  6. These look wonderful...a great concept that is playing out very well.

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  7. What a great photo! I love old photos like that. Well, heck, you KNOW I do since I have a whole series that revolves around them, LOL. I also enjoyed the photo of your machine foot on the pink-y fabric.

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