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 thread to outline it. I filled it in with a transparent grey wash to bring out the pattern more.
Here is a detail of the stitching:
After I did the stitching I stretched it over stretcher bars. I don't usually do any more stitching at this point and switch to collage and paint.
I drew and cut some shapes out of a thin paper called Sekishu. I like to use it in encaustic because it pretty much disappears. Not quite so much with acrylic, but it does get pretty transparent.
I collaged them in and filled them in with white. I also brought out a little of the yellow pattern that got hidden behind the blue. And I guess I didn't use that small one on the bottom left. Oh no, actually, I looked at it and it's there, I guess I just forgot to paint it!
Here is the finished piece:
The pieces that I do that are more abstract that don't have any real narrative qualities I usually title using song titles or lyrics. Usually whatever I happen to be listening to at the time. This is from The Wolf by Mumford and Sons.
By the way, I was inspired to start blogging again because my friend Jessica Pullings just started blogging about her awesome 52 Letters project. Check it out!