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Fibers & Watercolor

 

My most recent embroidered paper creation, available here. I love taking fibers and using them in unexpected ways- like stitched onto an abstract watercolor painting! If you want to learn a little more about my process, check out my (first ever!) blog post, here.

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Briar Mark: This Would Have Taken 8 Seconds to Type

I love Briar Mark’s stitched posters. A playful approach in pointing out the differences between handmade and computer-generated…

I need to play this video whenever someone tells me “you know you could just do that on a computer”. Look at the work/thought/time painstakingly put into all of those stitches! True creativity is unleashed when you’re working with your hands…

Find out more about Briar Mark:

her portfolio: http://cargocollective.com/briarmark

and her tumblr: http://briarmark.tumblr.com/

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Taking imagination seriously

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┬áJanet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing — which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. (Via TEDTALKS).

I love when any artist uses fibers in unconventional ways– larger than life sculptures made of fishnet? I’m with you!

“I got a call from a friend in Phoenix. An attorney in the office who’d never been interested in art, never visited the local art museum, dragged everyone she could from the building and got them outside to lie down underneath the sculpture. There they were in their business suits, laying in the grass, noticing the changing patterns of wind beside people they didn’t know, sharing the rediscovery of wonder.” (quote from the video)

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Watercolor and Stitched Fibers on Paper

https://www.etsy.com/listing/108341771/original-fine-art-mixed-media-painting?ref=shop_home_active

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My process:

First, I design a non-representational painting (in this case, watercolor on paper) and decide which area and direction(s) I want the embroidery to fill. Then I have to poke the holes for the stitches before I actually sew (due to the thickness and difficulty of “sewing” on 140lb. watercolor paper!). Then I can finally choose thread color(s) and sew through the pre-made holes. The result is a one-of-a-kind stitched painting, with a beautiful contrast between the organic, fluid layers of watercolor versus the linear/geometric patterns of the stitches.

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