Learned how to make a repeat design by hand today. Next lesson should be how to make it on the computer, which should be easier! I painted this in watercolor and as usual, learned a lot of things not to do. Don't just cut a square of paper, make sure it is absolutely square. Number the four cuts on the back to help you keep up with them. Take care making the four piece cuts!! I was not too careful about it. But I am sure it gets easier! This could be a great blender fabric, as well as sort of abstract, organic and vegetative.
Here it is as a fabric on Spoonflower. Its for sale! Check it out: https://www.spoonflower.com/designs/10160548-mixed-lettuce-by-worldinaraindrop
2 full days of rain and this morning the sun came out! I had missed it so much, even though I love seeing the rain. Now this afternoon it looks as if it is coming back, but I had a great treat this morning at the Jaycee park where I saw 12 Roseate Spoonbills! They were across the Government cut but I could see their beautiful pink color even without binoculars. So gorgeous!
I have really enjoyed making masks for people and having them happy about their product. But now things have slowed down, even in the middle of a pandemic, leadership has convinced the proletariat that they don't have to wear masks if they follow the example set before them. So I spent a little time today playing and making purses. Maybe I will put them on sale!
Been working on ideas for some fabric that I can print on Spoonflower... I guess the way to get it done is to just go for it. I want to learn how do the designs, make repeats and so on, all that is necessary to design. I started with a simple bunny!
Translated by the Spoonflower site, they become fabric designs!
This is "Bunny Mama." And you can change colors too, add or subtract images. I am just getting to that point, I did one that I called Patriotic Bunny!
To see my fabric designs, go to Spoonflower:
Started playing with scrap fabric from all the masks I have been making and putting together a soothing, but bouncy palette of blues, greens, violets, purples and surprise bits. Here are some of the squares... wonky is fine and no measuring is allowed!!
Lots of giggly bits here, love love love Michael Miller prints!! they are so cute! See the darling girl above with fireflies. Also I have made lots of Hello Kitty masks! and Maryland loved crabs. Manatees, succulents and peacock eyes, yum.
Some Florida flamingos must be included too, and dolphins and orchids!
When I was contacted by the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Museum in Fort Myers about their coming show, Rumors or Reality? I decided to do an art quilt about all the magic and myth surrounding our great lake and dedicate it to the UFO sightings! Here is my description of my work:
In the Land of the Seminole there are many secrets and most of them stem from Lake Okeechobee, the Big Water of Seminole legends. For years these Natives Americans have observed the comings and goings of glowing objects, sparkly discs, and strange flying shapes that disappear under the surface of the lake. Legend links the Seminole escape by water from General Zachary Taylor's troops in 1837 with diversion provided by a "disc like the sun" that blinded the white soldiers, making the escape of the Seminole families much easier in their canoes.
Regularly through modern times, outsiders also have been privileged to see these phenomena, making local newspapers and even causing the formation of a task force to investigate in 1948. "Big O" operated from Eglin Air Force Base and led to Project Red Book that recorded 12,000 sightings in a period of 17 years.
I have printed photos from the battleground where the Seminoles were aided in their escape, incorporated Seminole style piecework, printed newspaper excerpts on fabric, and fashioned replicas of some of the commonly seen flying objects in my piece of fiber art. Decide for yourself the truth of these fantastic flyers.
By the way, still making masks to fight against the Corona virus.
Look at the glorious, rich detail in Patterson's work. Its a delight to the eye. But there are deeper meanings. She is expressing the black experience too. Art News Magazine had this to say about a recent installation exhibit:
Colorful clumps of flowers, crochet leaves and layers of woven gems are what first catch the eye in artist Ebony G. Patterson’s new tapestries, which make their debut next month at Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago. But take a closer look at the group of impressively large floor pieces, each measuring around eight feet wide and over six feet long, and you’ll find disturbing forces within the works.
Patterson’s first step in creating these multi-layered works is to scour the Internet for images of murder victims, using popular image-sharing sites as a starting point. “Over the past two or three years I’ve been collecting images via social media…of people [who] have died violently,” she says, explaining the morbid backdrops.
It is the circulation of these images and the visibility of their subjects, people of color that may otherwise go unseen, that interests Patterson most.
The artist takes the figure from these photographs and applies the shape of the body onto the base of the tapestry. Then she adds elaborate beading, heavy sequins and crochet to create a layered visual experience.
“The audience is seduced by all of the prettiness,” Patterson said of her new work. But once we dig through the foliage and bright hues that the Jamaican-born artist initially applies, we unearth “the underreported and unacknowledged brutality experienced by those on the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder,” according to the press release.
“I’m interested in the idea of implicating the viewer as witness, as if they are stumbling upon these crime scene moments,” the artist said in a phone interview with artnet News.
“I’m hoping by slowing the viewer down in these experiences, through the use of objects and this really encrusted surface, to pull the viewer in to see further and raise questions about how we engage in the act of looking.”
The embellishment and lush details splayed on top of the somber images are not new to the artist’s work. Long fascinated by the aesthetic and symbolic aspects of Jamaican dancehall culture, Patterson uses over the top decoration to explore how we perceive certain colors and motifs and how we adapt our notion of beauty depending on whether the subject is viewed as male or female.
This last work is newer, from a set of collages shown last January expressing earth elements, above and below ground, death and other spiritual themes. Human discards mix with Jamaican flowers and other elements to create these stunning pieces.
Today I saw my first avocet. What an interesting and unique bird. I saw him swishing his head back and forth in the water and prancing around... no other way to describe it! and came home and found this video that confirmed the identification.
Also strangely enough, saw two meadowlarks "larking" about... they run and fly in a way that reminded me of quail. Never had a chance to really observe them before, usually you just hear them.
And finally, learning the difference between Crows and Fish Crows. Fish Crows are the ones I hear all the time saying, uh uh, unt uh, unt uh. Very negative! ha ha
Just love this fabric! making masks and a little bag with it so far. Still keeping busy making masks for neighbors and to sell on Etsy. I think whimsical describes what people are looking for right now!
These wacky flamingos are going to be a favorite too.
We've been in this house over 2 years and things that were important when we moved in have kind of fell off by the wayside. Like the bathroom shower we built, its encased in bamboo and I thought what a cool place for a bamboo mural. So its taken this at home time to get me motivated to get that mural up there!
I began with a first layer to cover the wall and sketch in some bamboo like plants:
Now I start laying in some colors to make the bamboo more interesting.
Using acrylics and water in the blue cup. No its not wine!!!!!!!!
Getting close here.
A bit more of layering...
I think I will do some more detailing but for now I will take a break!
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.