Monday, December 29, 2008

#11 of 52 projects and Hearts

I wonder if the most universally used motif is the heart followed by? Stars? I rarely use hearts in my work but while drafting a letter to the kidney donors family I suddenly felt very strongly about hearts. The donor will always a piece of my heart and with Valentine's Day approaching, the day my parents were married, what better way to celebrate than to perhaps make a heart series.

I love the look of distressed things but find it difficult to achieve just the right effect. Maybe the Virgo in me always leans toward "safe" work rather than imperfect craggy pieces. Love the word "craggy." The craggier the better!

The needle punched top fabric is similar to the one below, but punched onto green felt. The cut-out area is a piece of rust dyed fabric that I blogged about a few months ago. The stitches took on a life of their own when the thread frayed and refused to cooperate by making perfect stitches. Perfect! Not very evident in this scan are 7 tiny metal hearts scattered around the bottom area.
Quote: New Year's Day is every man's birthday. ~Charles Lamb


Doreen K. said...

Nice to see back at your art work. So glad to hear Stacy is doing so well. We have snow on our mountain tops too. And it better stay there, don't want it to close to me. Hope the new year brings much joy to you.

Purple Missus said...

This is very good Gail. I love the way you have used the rust dyed fabric as the background - very clever.
I too used to have a problem with 'distressing'. I still wanted a 'perfect' distressed look - something that is impossible to achieve. But now, as you say, the craggier the better :)

Val Foster said...

Yes, I like the term craggy. It even sounds like a "distressed" term. This is a great piece Gail, and I really like it. Well, I'm kinda partial to using hearts in my art. And yes, I can see all the hearts and the bottom. And I love it that you used some of your rusted fabric.

The whole piece comes together very well, and yet has an edginess to it. I think distressed art can be very edgy, which I consider a good thing, and good art. You've captured that here nicely. Kudos to you. So great that you're back to making art again.

queenopearls said...

Gail, the heart is wonderful and woodsey feeling. Earthy and organic. Just beautiful.
And... a quote for you:

A quotation at the right moment is like bread to the famished.
~ Talmud