Saturday, February 2, 2008

Ichi Umo


OK, yes, it's a Japanese title for this fabric postcard but fitting.  It means "One Feather"!  This is the postcard I created for Susan Lenz and the Cyber Fiber Exhibition!  I'll be mailing it out on Monday.  When Susan told me her favorite color was blue, I was immediately stumped.  I've been working so much with earth tones lately I didn't know what to do with blue!  And, I'm especially partial to my vintage kimono silks right now so, I dug and dug and found some with blue so I got to use them!  The background quilt is done with strips of kimono silks and then I did an overlay of navy netting.  The central focus of the piece was done by layering vintage asian text with sheer fabrics and fusing them with Translucent Liquid Sculpey clay.  The feather was fused in last.  I then did some beading and tiny french knots for accent and embellishment.  I loved working on this but gosh, the binding was a bear.  That thin fine silk was NOT easy to work with for a binding!  But I managed and I do love the over all look of the piece which is way prettier in real life than the image!  The photo sorta' loses the depth of the piece.  Oh well, what can ya' do?  Now I have to take a break from hand stitching.  I did hand work yesterday at Fran's house for a few hours and also today and my thumb joints are really, really sore and stiff.  Getting older sucks.... and I'm still young!

9 comments:

Joanne Huffman said...

Way cool postcard! I bet it's a delight to hold and feel the textures.

Joanne

Wabbit said...

Very cool, Ang! I love the shapes and depth. Marilyn

Cory said...

Angie, I love this piece..
would love to talk to you, email me private. Thanks, Cory

Doe Grozs Art said...

I just received a coup feather for my birthday from a Native Cherokee. It's a Macaw feather that looks just like this one :-)
Your piece is beatiful!
Doreen

brenda bliss said...

very, very beautiful!
thanks for sharing!
brenda

Karen Campbell said...

This is great, Angie!

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

Lovely! I haven't been able to bring myself to use my kimono silks yet, but you have me thinking.

kathy mc said...

This beautiful Angie.

goddessvessel said...

Is that for the post card trade? I was thinking of doing one for that embellishing some of my hand woven material with beads and stitching I really find the post cards so appealing may be because they are small and I like to fiddle with detail work http://cyberfyberexhibition.blogspot.com/
But I did not have time
I love your work I was looking at your gallery just stunning made me happy to see such lovely inspired work
I see you live in phoenix my birth mom lives near Tucson she is also an artist Iwould love to come out again for the rock show
http://www.poniesdelpueblo.org/Artists/bgurwitz/bgurwitz.htm
http://www.wildemeyer.com/gurwitz.php