Here's a sneak peek of the piece to come. This is a large digital print I made last summer and am finally getting to use. I see it getting the royal treatment in terms of beads and stitching, so am not sure how much of the original imagery will be shown in the final result. I love to have the unknown at the end. It IS a journey if the piece is going to be a good one -- the whole time the question of "will this be a no-go trash piece?" has to be sitting on the table along with the fabric and beads, to keep it interesting. Kinda like life, I guess! Already I've hit that point with this image. The colors are all "wrong" for me. The imagery didn't lend itself to collage as it was so busy as it is. The digital textures get a bit lost in the process, yet yield new shapes to stitch that I didn't really know were there until it was under the needle. I didn't add paint first, as I was not really sure where the paint needs to be yet. Am thinking some painted separate elements stitched to the surface later if needed...ummm...new door opens!
My bedtime story book is currently one that I've had a long time but never really digested. Last night I was ogling over the massive content of this book. Celtic Embroidery: Machine Embroidered Cetlic Images is deceptive. While focusing on Celtic imagery, which is defined and explored in a very technical way, the multitude of textile processes revealed in the provided samples and projects would take a lifetime to try. Just amazing work. Coming from Valerie Campbell Harding and Maggie Grey -- would anything less be expected? Goddesses, both.
In my travels this weekend I visited the fabulous Artist and Craftsman shop in Saugus. Alex asked me to participate in an upcoming artist's Pop Up Art Sale on June 24. I love that store and am happy to support it! Mark your calendars, who knows what will be on the table that day! Enjoy the day -- can't believe it is almost JUNE!