UFO- unfinished fabric object- happens to us all. I have a small-ish pile of them waiting for attention and so this one was next! Almost all art goes through a "I love this!" and a "I hate this!" moment from its maker and this one was probably abandoned during one of the latter fits, I really can't remember. It started with a thread painting of the baby cockatiels in their nest.
Next I added a border, then a background for their greater home outside the nest, then stenciled more leaves all about and added branches, etc., to complete their "sanctuary."
Just love the fabulous old roses fabric!
Temps dropped below ninety and here is what happened.... Started thinking about that first cold snap and feeding the birds and snow and how the sky looks and then I found this gray and white spotted fabric and things just happened I couldn't control myself... well you get the picture!!!!!!!!
3 red birds are companions and are sharing the corn at this makeshift feeder but unbeknown to them, they are being eyed by a large, sour crow who is considering making off with all of it or worse yet, calling in his crow "buds" to take over the whole thing.
In the foreground is the goldfish pond... I love seeing the fish under the ice, yes you can see them swimming around. I used layers of shiny stuff and angelina to give that cold and snowy effect. So fun!
This will be in my Store soon on Etsy. I am doing a whole series of Trees. This is "winter" and of course there may be a few more winters. You can access the store using the button in the right side column, also I have added a page in the top menu to go there also or you can go directly here:
Well its finished! I had so much fun doing this; I love working with pink! If you are an avid follower, you might recognize something about the black piecework in the background. It was left over from several years ago from this:
... when I collected a bunch of black fabrics to piece for this dark night sky background. I had more than I needed, so OF COURSE I SAVED THEM. HA HA! Then I ran across them about a month ago and the idea for a flamingo on a midnight stroll was born!
There is a lot of beading in the flamingo piece, I need a different photo to show it off.
These beads are so sparkly I might as well give up on showing them off. I need a different picture. There are rhinestones and more beads throughout!
Being industrious, I did 3 dye batches today. From left, we have Bubblegum, Periwinkle, and Jade. All procion colors from Dharma Trading Co. 3 pairs of leggings and miscellaneous pieces of fabrics, most of which will probably get additional surface designs applied to them.
The tuna is such a an amazing fish. The more I learn about it, the less likely I am to want to eat it.... its such an intelligent being it deserves to be free in the ocean. Richard Ellis wrote a book about tuna and he said, "beating a tuna to death with a club is like taking a chain saw to a thoroughbred race horse."
My tuna is on a cotton ground and it is made from silks and laces, jig-sawed together with wild zig zag stitch. I had a really fun time doing it! My friend Phyllis gave me a bag of silk scraps and I will get a lot of mileage from them. This is the first project!
Note the swoopy transparent fabric surrounding him, you can see it partiularly well behind the tail. He's moving fast!
Walking around at my sister's place gave me all kinds of visuals that were so inspiring. I will have to post those pictures for future reference!
Just love Yvonne Porcella and her work. What a great art quilter! She started Studio Art Quilts Associates in 1989 and it is still going strong. This is my tribute to her; I tried to include some of the crazy elements and general FUN-NESS of her pieces. If that's not a word, it should be one!
This is one of her quilts! SO FUN!!!!!!!!
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.