Ah, the glorious wonders of Spring! After the long winter months, each day something new – the earth springs for with surprising, even stunning delights. Each one I stumbled on, took me aback, drew my breath with welcome feelings of astonishment and renewal, a timely reminder of the preciousness of each new day.
Ordinarily, one would walk over this “lawn” and never look down. Why would you? There doesn’t seem to be anything to see beneath your feet here in he back of our house.Last summer was the first time that Bill was not well enough to go out and mow and what began to grow was quite a surprise. But now that I have a new awareness of what’s beneath my feet with another year of studying native flowers, I’m so much more able to at least be able to pick out what looks familiar and might be native. A few, I can now actually identify.
For much of this week I foraged the lawn and dug up some pretty good specimens and transplanted them in the developing front native plant garden, In fact, all but the Mayapple was hiding underfoot or into the woods and lots more than I can’t fit in one post. I picked up the Mayapple, (one stem of which has drooped off to the ground because the stem was broken, but it otherwise is looking good and I think that stem may plant itself underground) at the annual Sister’s Plant Sale in Reading, MA. More to come, although this work takes a lot of time which is why there’s more time than usual between posts, so hang in there. All of what I do continues to be on nature’s timeline – I just sway from task to task at Mother Nature’s will.
This one is already off to Flight of Ideas: MA/RI Regional Trunk Show 2 (SAQA Regional) • MA/RI as an example of what I see as my defining style, or at least as close to one style as I’ve consistently (not exclusively) done with my fiber art.
“The trunk show will continue to travel to regional libraries, small galleries, exhibit rooms, and similar venues. It will also to be exhibited when available at the SAQA Booth at quilt shows, guild meetings, and SAQA regional meetings.”
Recent work has included quite a bit of deconstructing and reconstructing, salvaging works in progress or finished works that I didn’t consider up to par. With Sky Leaves I’ve begun to upcycle the hefty pile of ecoprints that didn’t quite make it or were experiments gone awry and recycle them as canvases for fabric painting incorporating some of the leaf prints as painted appliques. These leaves are a fern, an apple leaf and some rosa rugosas, all from my back yard perimeter of woods.
Free motion quilting was done either before and/or
after the paint was applied in darker values to outline and define the leaves
and some veining. Overall, I prefer a loosely expressionist look, so the paint
style and composition reflects my most consistent voice along with a barely perceptible
addition of text in the form of asemic style writing, both printed and ink pen.
Since I also have a stash of commercial prints, I used
one small flower cut out from that as an applique from the same fabric for a
I used fabric paints to begin with but switched to
acrylic paints to create more depth and saturation, sometimes combined with
satin or matte mediums as well as some glazes.
I chose to bind the edges to contain the images as a
framed painting, using Sue Bliewies’s technique because it makes such a good,
flat binding and added a second layer to it to make a 12” square. The binding
is ecoprinted but not painted.
I’m pleased with the results of this “waste not, want not” mode. Comments here are encouraged! Although this is finished, critiques are welcome because there’s always something to learn to bring to the next one!