When you take workshops, quite often you end up with samples of what you did. Now the problem is, what do you do with these samples? Keep them as just samples, throw them away, or use them in some way or other. For a couple of years they spend their time in my studio waiting till I found an idea in which I could use them. Finally I found an idea and this is what I did this week:
I ordered some pillows and made covers for them. Just simple lopsided log cabins and quilted them in a way that fitted the samples. It took 2 samples to make this cushion. Another sample is still waiting to be made into another cushion, but that will happen one of the coming weeks.
It took some time, but this week I had a handy man over who was able to drill holes in the wall. Lots of paintings/quilts still need to be hanged :-). One of the things he did was drill enough holes for my small rust canvases. Here are all 9 of them hanging behind a giant agave:
Sometimes a piece of fabric on its own is pretty enough. This picture shows 7 canvasses each 4"x4"just wrapped in rusted fabric. I ordered more canvasses of this size as I intend to wrap 16 in total and hang these in a grid on one of my walls. Have to check if I have enough interesting rusted fabric otherwise I have to create some more. Simple and pretty :-)
My studio is not yet arranged as I want it, but there was space enough to start creating again :-). I do not remember anymore how I made this background, but I used bubblewrap to discharge the small circles. It needed a bit more, so yesterday I grapped some of my small bottles of Lumiere paint and started drawing circles on it. Now the fabric looks like this:
I think it is ready to sandwich it and start quilting.
I have not blogged for several months, and there were a multitude of reasons for that. One of them was that I did not want to talk about the book before it was finished. Finally I can reveal this secret :-)
Together with my friend Kelly L. Hendrickson we wrote an e-book about a new fabric surface design technique using gunpowder. Yes, you read this correctly: gunpowder! If you are interested, here is the link where you can buy it: https://gumroad.com/products/iLbHI.
Here is a detail photo of the quilt I am working on now. The fusing, quilting and facing has been done so now it is time for the beads. This will take quite some time as I intend to stitch on lots and lots of seed beads.