The work here was done over a period of 5 years and shows a progression of the series.
POINTBank Black Box Theater - exhibition co-sponsored by Visual Arts Society of Texas and Denton Community Theater. Black Box hours are M - F, 9am - 1pm. The exhibition will be up until November 10, 2017.
I started this piece with a piece of green fabric that I got in the As-Is section at IKEA. I think it was a slipcover or a large pillow or something.
I began by stamping some blue acrylic paint onto the fabric with a wooden textile stamp. Then I laid down some decorative wooden pieces and sprayed over them with some acrylic paint, using them as a mask.
Then I went over the whole thing with a wash of yellow paint (or maybe I sprayed it, I don't remember).
I transferred an all-over pattern to the fabric and hand-stitched parts of it.
Once I got the stitching the way I liked it, I stretched it over stretcher bars and went in with more paint to push back or bring forward parts of the all-over pattern. I applied the larger stencils as the very end.
I must have been listening to the soundtrack of Stranger Than Fiction when I was working on this one, because I named it Going Missing, after a Maximo Park song on the soundtrack.
I really like to see how artists create work, and I often get questions about how my work is made, so I thought I'd use this blog to document the progress of some of my pieces (but I can't promise you won't see any cat pictures here).
About a year ago I started a series called Sewing Patterns. I love pattern and sewing and embroidery and finally found a way to incorporate some into my work.
Here are some shots of a piece called The Wonder of It All.
I started with a black and white striped slipcover that I got in the As-Is section at IKEA. I used a stencil and applied a yellow pattern.
Then I went over it with a layer of transparent white.
I then applied some light blue on the bottom half and used a foam stamp to remove the paint. I stamped the blue that I picked up on the top part.
I think I missed a couple of steps. I found a pattern that I liked and drew it on with a colored pencil. I created the pattern in two different sizes. I stitched around the pattern with some embroidery...