Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Black Friday Chaos

The first thing that came to mind when I heard Chaos was the inevitable shopping I had ahead of me for the holidays.
I tried to use warm colors to give the feeling of movement and pandemonium but I'm now not sure if I put too much chaos into the piece.  ;)

Nature's Chaos

Yeah, I'm with you Beverly. I wanted to get away from the obvious. With the Christmas season coming on, and a timely walk in the woods, I began thinking about Nature's Chaos vs Man-made Chaos and found a lot of beauty in Nature's way.

I took several pictures and found myself rearranging the leaves to fit just so. This piece is the first photo I took (before I thought to rearrange), and guess what, it was the photo that looked the most natural and that I liked the best.

The center is a photo of leaves, printed onto fabric, just laying along the path in Nature's way of chaos. I've machine quilted over some of the leaves and added rock-like beads. The fabric border was painted using whatever leaf-like stamps I had. For the added leaves, I sewed onto stabilizer and organza.

Chaos: Beverly H.

When I started thinking about how I would interpret this word, I knew I had to go beyond the dictionary meaning. I chose to interpret something that I find chaotic-probably a sign of increasing age! As I thought about just what it would be, freeway driving was the first thing to pop into my mind. I grew up learning to drive on the freeways of Southern California, and I've come to this- I hate it!

I used discharged and overdyed fabric. It's machine pieced, hand embroidered and beaded, and machine quilted. I'm pleased enough with how this came out that I've decided to expand on the idea, maybe in different colors. Once I got started, it just seemed to take on a life of its own.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Finally the frog.. I knew I wanted the woven background. I was going to first do a threadplay frog but realized that would never happen. Looked for frog fabric.. that was not easy .. the one I found is good but the colours are not what I really wanted..but so be it..

now on the COLD my word as for chaos... I have been living that so might be easy..oh sure..