Thursday, December 15, 2011

Artist Imitation

One of the challenges presented to my Seams Unique group this year was to pick a famous artist and compose a fiber piece to imitate the artists' style or color palette.  My artist was Salvadore Dali, a truly prolific man, if a little mad.  In researching his work, which spans many different styles and color palettes, I decided to focus on a couple of his iconic images.  Specifically, his melting clock from the Disintegration of Time and also the crutches he used in several of his works.  In my piece I used the crutch to hold up his identifiable mustache.  The piece I constructed is small, only 14 inches, but we were allowed to do something as large as 36 inches.  Dali worked extremely large for his religious works,but also very small for some of his later works.  
 We normally never show our challenge pieces in the group until the hanging of our exhibit at a local quilt shop, but since we all selected a different artist to imitate, I felt that showing this on my blog wouldn't be able to influence any of the other members in the execution of their pieces.   Several of Dali's later works were done in a gold/brown/beige palette, so I used those colors in my piece.  To add a bit of bling, I surrounded the two clocks with a gold sparkly fabric.  And just to be a little "out of the box", I let the major clock melt out of the piece!  I'm not sure what Dali's intention was in portraying  the melting clocks; perhaps he saw time slipping out of his grasp, but the melting indicates a slow dripping to me, and I find that as I get older just the opposite is true.  Time seems to speed by faster as we get older, don't you think? 

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Who doesn't like chocolate???  I recently did a chocolate piece in fabric.  As you can see, I included dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate.  And just to make it mine, I added candy wrappers to simulate caramel and raspberry, my favorite chocolate additions!  The swirls are copper wire that I hammered into a swirl shape, and couched down.  FUN.

Pastoral Aspens

I did a piece for the Dirty Dozen Fiber Artist exhibit in October and have decided to donate the piece to a fundraiser for Melissa Brooks.  The piece is titled Pastoral Aspens and I made the fabric for the aspen trees using black Webbing Spray by Krylon.  I really love the effect the spray has on fabric; in fact a group of us played with it and it can even make an ugly piece of fabric sing!  I used a couple of my hand-dyed fabrics in the piece, as well, and the water is shibori discharge.  It was a fun piece to do and I particularly like the shadow effect with the gray fabric. 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A sign for my studio

While in Arkansas, we attended a wonderful art and craft show in Bella Vista, and I found a woodworker to make me a sign for my studio.  It arrived not too long ago, and I love it!  Tatonka is the American Indian word for Buffalo.  Why did I name my studio Tatonka Studios?  Well, I like the sound of the word, and I've always admired the buffalo for its strength and devotion to the group. 

Colors in Arkansas

We got some great color while at the cabin in Arkansas, although my picture doesn't do it justice.  Living in Florida doesn't allow this kind of diversity in color, so it is a real treat to see!