Have been very busy in the the last week.Returning to docent family and starting to learn the new Metalmorphosis show which I will be touring until Feb 4th 2017.We had an lecture from Nick Statius. Nick makes metal tapestries on her houseboat anchored on an island off Portland,Oregon.Her technique is awesome using a vintage knitting machine to create copperwire cloth which is then adorned with different types/colors of gold.Her connection with nature is amazing and her love of gold made me reflect back to our visit to Mary Lee Hu’s home. ( Mary Lee also has a piece in the show)
Wednesday saw my student return to the studio.She has been travelling in Europe and had brought a new artist to share with me and a venue Jupiter artland.
My student also brought back her textile journal which I look forward to filling over the fall days.We bound it using a new technique to her.This took some patience from both of us but we were pleased with the end result.When the computer and phone will talk to each other I’ll post some images !
Well I continued to struggle with Cas Holmes technique so I sat down after a session with my student and just mixed up the paste and added coffee and with no care to the pieces I just made a collage as a pilot.I like it very much and will continue to explore this technique.
I have to add I have handstitched and machine embroidered more sections which are still awaiting assembly.Keep watching I’ll get there in the end.
Ohh and the memory quilt.This is just a really personal piece.The inchie queen just needed to flex her handstitching skill.This is also a great example of (a) how to present and (b) how not present your work.
A little critter for one of my pages
Following the fiber frenzy at the quilt show I decided to have a proper go at making some more fiber books.I really enjoy Ro Bruhn’s style and with warmer spring days and hand sewing on the porch I embarked on this book.
One of the greatest differences in the living in the Pacific Northwest and England is the depth and size of the landscape.We have two mountain ranges, volcanoes , lakes and ever changing weather patterns that great a a dramatic and dynamic environment.
I was working in earth-toned blend-able paper-cloth and thinking about you could give a verbal and tactile description of the landscape to a person of low vision.As I wanted this to be a portable project a book form seemed to lend itself well.
These pieces are currently on Exhibit until mid March at the East Shores Gallery in Bellevue.
So I like to explore different surface techniques and have been exploring in my ongoing altered book “The First Deadly Sin”
This swap was along time in the creating.I started work on it last November and It has finally reached it’s destination so I can share just how it turned out.As ever this is picture heavy and does not include the three secret compartments which included vintage photos of recipient of the autographs.
We choose the theme of flowers in both hands as Lauren is particular interest in vintage ephemera I had to reach for images from Aunt Kathy’s autograph book.
With collaboration and friendship connection
Sabina Ward Harrison
These simple words are included within a book I received recently.”And the Story is Happening” is the first book I’ve ever picked up that I just wanted to start altering.Go to book store,order it from the library or check it out online but flick through it’s pages this book just sparked something for me.
I feel I have collaborated,swapped and encouraged people to explore,create and enjoy wherever the muse takes them.
There is a possibility of a book collaboration will evolve to make this happen over the next year.
If you read this and are interested ask me about it in person or via email.
So I will be hosting another altered book class at Bellevue Art and Frame.
Time to share some journal pages in “The first deadly sin”
These pages include niches,surface additions and washes.
These techniques will be cover in class starting February 12th 10am-12.
There’s something really cathartic about rebinding my journal.It’s a time to reflected ,celebrate and choose what is brought forward into new work.It’s been about 18 months since I last did this and it really feels like a fresh start.