.... on some art! One of my employees brought in a bunch of fabric and stuff to give away one day last week. Among other goodies, I found in her bags two pieces of an old, old quilt (c.1875 or so, I think) that she had bought. The seller had cut the quilt into 18" squares -- probably because it was obviously heavily used and very worn. Something made me snatch those two blocks up instantly.
I don't usually work with such old textiles .. and I pondered what to do with them for a couple of days. They really are fragile! Still, I loved them -- they evoked deep feelings in me that I just could not ignore. So ... I've spent about 20 hours or so since then, from thinking and researching and working, to make my first piece. I guess I'd call this a fiberart collage since it is part fabric and part other stuff -- transparency images, old buttons, embroidery, etc. It isn't finished yet -- tomorrow I will work on mounting the whole thing with a backing stretcher so it is completely supported. I think I'm going to tone down the white face and paper with some beige ink, too (still pondering that).
Making this first piece has been very contemplative -- I think this is about Mae, my little girl that never was. (sad smile) I always wanted to have one more child, but it never happened (miscarried several times). I fantasize that she would have been a little version of my grandmother. The two children I do have, whom I love beyond reason, both resemble their father -- did as small children, do now (you can see bits of me in them, physically, but mostly they look like their father's line:). In my fantasy, little Mae would be dark, like my side of the family, and maybe small and sturdy. :)
Anyway, here is an all-over shot and several close-ups of my piece, 'Forget Me Not':
PS I saw the foot doctor this morning and got the sutures taken out of my heel. I was surprised that the removal hurt -- walking on a needle for 14 days was less painful. ;) My heel is very tender but seems to be healing well -- no nerve damage, no circulatory problems. I am EXTREMELY HAPPY to have my usual shoe back (and so is my back:).