Saturday, April 21, 2007

For Jan, Terri and Me!

Another set of ‘inchies’ for the Textile Challenges group swap. This time for Jan whose colour choice is metallic, something I do enjoy working with.
I finished the squares and the tags, lined them up to take a photo, then realised I had made TEN of them! Yet another ‘senior moment’! The tags were once again made from heavyweight watercolour paper with scrunched up tissue paper glued on top. These tags are about the size of a normal luggage tag. Labels detailing the techniques I used were put on and the ‘string’ in the top of the tags is made from lengths of coloured copper wire.


For the Fibre Art Friends monthly page swap my partner for April is Terri whose theme is ‘Nature’.
I decided to try my hand at ‘traditional’ for this one – but somehow I don’t think I quite pulled it off.
I chose a sketch by William Morris for his first wallpaper design ‘Trellis’ as my inspiration. Plenty of nature in there!
The background fabric is silk noil, tea dyed to age it slightly. I traced the pattern onto stabilizing paper and machine embroidered the design from the back. The appliquéd leaf shapes were made using the Bernina embroidery module, the birds were hand drawn with pen and ink and the flowers and the background have been coloured in with fabric paints. Some of the trellis has been hand stitched using a woven stitch.


For the tag I aimed to print the original sketch onto fabric. This was scanned into PSP and I started to play around with the artistic effects, which gave me another idea.
This time I used a blue silk velvet background – a much nicer blue than the photograph shows. Once again I machine embroidered the piece from the back, catching in some organza in places which I cut back afterwards. The leaves were made again using the embroidery machine and a metallic thread and some of the flowers have been appliquéd on using organza. This piece is very hard to capture properly in a photograph.




And finally, the most exciting bit. I won this bag in the Earth Day Auction organised by Joanna of Serenity is Bliss. Fibre Artists were invited to send in pieces of art which would then be auctioned off on Ebay to raise funds.
This bag was made by Carol McFee of Textile Tales who comes from, in my opinion, one of the best parts of the U.K. - Conwy in North Wales. She sent it to Joanna in New York who then sent it back to me in Essex. A much travelled bag.
I’ve put up pictures of the front and back, both sides being gorgeous I really don’t know which is which, and a close up. Wonderful.





15 comments:

Micki said...

Lynda, you do the most amazing things. The inchies and tags are great. I love the pages for Terri. Lucky you for having the winning bid for Carol's lovely bag.

Sue B said...

Loving those tags! and lucky you winning Carol's bag, I'll bet it's even lovelier in person.

StegArt said...

Jan will be thrilled with those tags, I'm betting. And I know I will be ecstatic when I get to see my fabric pages in person. You did a smashing rendition of the original design. Enjoy your new bag!

Carol said...

Oh those metal tags are just gorgeous,
and the pages for Terri are amazing, I don't know how she would be able to choose between them, she is going to have a fat book.
Lovely pictures of the bag, glad you like it.

Jacquelines blog said...

What a gorgeous bag! Lucky you. Your tags are so nice, I like them very much. Sometimes its such a shame that pictures can't show the real colour. So it is with your ATC's on my blog, the colour is so much better in real, but the batteries of my camera where low. My husband will take some new pictures tomorrow so I can replace them.

Papoosue said...

Your tags and pages are just wonderful, you are so clever! I do remember seeing your bag on the auction - it is lovely!

Emmy said...

wonderful tags but you work is allways so great i must thank you for the very beautiful padfolio i got as a birthday present I ma very pleased with it

fabric said...

Beautiful bags. They look like they would fit any outfit.

Dianne said...

EVERYTHING is stunning!!

neki desu said...

love it when you funk out designs!
lovely little bag you lucky duck.

neki desu

sammy said...

Your ideas for your fabric art are just so unusual and turns out so fantastic.. you truly are a inspiration to so many of us!
hugs

Barbara said...

wonderful tags! Its my new stuff I like to create!

Helen in the UK said...

Those book pages are stunning! Not seen anything like that before with layers cut away and other layers added - WONDERFUL :)

wendy said...

just found your blog, what absolutely fantastic work.

Waltraud said...

It´s always wonderful to see your beautiful art.