Saturday, March 22, 2008

Vessel Revisited

I couldn't resist the call for art from Seth, but what to write about? Sometimes it's good to revisit a piece, thus, Vessel #1 will soon be on

Playing Favorites - starts on March 24th.

Here's what I wrote:

At times I've found it difficult to find a reason to create anything; life has been continually bumpy with health issues. At the end of 2007 the only resolution that made a bit of sense to me and encourages me to continue creating was to become involved in art challenges. The impetus for my resolution was Vessel #1 that I created for a textile challenge yahoo group last November. I had no idea at that time that I was also choosing my "true colors" for a fabric paper quilt that I entered in Quilting Arts True Colors Challenge. Blue is said to be a calming color which is reason enough for me to be drawn to all shades of it. Toss in a little ochre, rust, sepia, soft yellow or a dash of red iron oxide and I'm happy. The patina of rust has always fascinated me to the degree that I now rust metal objects in order to make mono prints or rust dye fabric.
The fabric vessel started off life as a flat uninteresting piece of rust dyed felt that came to life when it was distressed with both a soldering iron and heat gun. Lutradur is intriguing in that it doesn't have a grain, doesn't fray, loves paint and can also be heat distressed making it the perfect choice to layer with the felt. Once the two fabrics were glued together there was only one seam left to cover. After trying a variety of ways to cover the untidy seam I settled on a fabric wire wrapped stick and some yarn.
At the La Quinta Art Festival earlier this month I bought a 4x4 inch abstract from Jennie Thom in my "true colors." Shades of blue, oranges, yellows and a touch of red iron oxide simply dance next to Vessel #1

Quote: I invent nothing, I rediscover.
Auguste Rodin


Carol said...

Wow, I remember you making this and the impact it had on me at the time. Lovely to revisit it. i will be keeping and eye on it. Weird too is that I have the "Minds are like paprchutes" on the door to my classroom in school, how mad is that coincidence!

MargaretR said...

What a fantastic vessel!