December 30, 2013 11 comments

Skidding in...!

I took an unscheduled break for a few weeks (you may have noticed). My muse had fled - due, I think to a mild depression I was experiencing. Essentially, I was pre-mourning my future health issues.  I let myself have a wallow, but a few days before Christmas, said to myself "Self, that's enough now!Time to pick up the ball."

So, since then I got creative by making some new decorations for the Christmas tree, making SIX cozies for my new tablet  (because you never know what kind of mood you'll be in); but also, actually finishing "the boy".

I know it seemed like I only had a bit to do -  (I sure thought so!) - but it turned out, that the weight of this sucker was SO. MUCH. that after I put my usual envelope closing on, the  weight of it actually pulled the seams apart. So I had to re-quilt what I thought would be only the centre portion, but as that skewed the rest of it, I actually had to re-quilt the entire thing. (Augh!)

(original fabric, marked off for quilting, before painting.)

And then I had to make the small, but painstaking "repairs" (adding more feathers, fussing with the neckline, making the bat [that bat, as innocuous as it looks, took HOURS and HOURS which I will delineate in another post]).

But on to the actual piece!

It began its life as a piece about my son, Issac, who died 19 years ago. You may remember I started it in the spring - the start date was actually on what would have been his 21st birthday. But I didn't want to make a cherub, so I aged him using my face and those of my other sons at various ages to make him an older child.

But as I worked on the wings, I realized that I was not only grieving the death of my own son, but all of our sons, who are taken from us because of the world we live in - whether its an accident, a stray bullet, a predator, or a George Zimmerman.

And so I called it "Remembrance Day"
All alone I didn't like the feeling
All alone I sat and cried
All alone I had to find some meaning
In the center of the pain I felt inside

All alone I came into this world
All alone I will someday die
Solid stone is just sand and water, baby
Sand and water, and a million years gone by

I will see you in the light of a thousand suns
I will hear you in the sound of the waves
I will know you when I come, as we all will come
Through the doors beyond the grave
All alone I came into this world
All alone I will someday die
Solid stone is just sand and water, baby
Sand and water and a million years gone by 

I hope you enjoy your new year's eve celebrations if that's what you do - and if you take this time to reflect on the past year(s) or make plans for a new one - I hope you find much to celebrate and look forward to.

I'll see you on Wednesday with my annual "Year In Review".

'Till then!

Kit 120

*From Sand & Water by Beth Neilson Chapman"
December 6, 2013 4 comments

Week LInk Post - 2

First up, Cas Holmes - and an interview with her at World of Threads.  When I was experimenting with surface design, I made all these cool things - but then didn't know what to do with them. Ms Holmes certainly does!

If I were to be a surface designer, rather than whatever it is I am now (lol) I would hope that one day my art would be as incredible as hers.

This review called "Selected Secrets From A Disillusioned Generation" by Christine Shan Shan Hou, of a show called Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and The New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980, at the Whitney Museum of Art, not only sounds like a "must see" show if you're in the area, but the review itself offers insight into contemporary art. Excellent writing on the part of Ms Shan Shan Hou.

And Terry Jarrard-Dimond talks about juried shows again. At this point in my career, juried shows are a must - later, hopefully not - but I always love reading about them, and Terry offers insight with her experience and whys and wherefores.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Kit 120
December 5, 2013 2 comments

Holiday sales...

Over on Facebook, I began offering some of my small works at special holiday prices, (which I will be doing throughout December).

It just occurred to me this morning, however, that I ought to let *you* in on the deals too!

So, this is what I have left for this week:

In The Wind - $100

Lake of Dreams - Quartet - $200

Paperwork No. 1 - $100

If you're interested in any of these, you can contact me at Cheers, Kit 120
December 4, 2013 4 comments

WIP Wednesday

I've been busy hand-painting and crush dyeing fabrics for the next big project!

Can you guess what these are going to be?

Kit 120
December 2, 2013 2 comments

Ten hours..

Two people. Ten hours.

What might two people, over the course of ten hours accomplish? Many things!

However, in this case - two people (myself and BSP), over the course of ten hours, managed to take a basket-full of seriously unruly embroidery floss - and turn it into the above. Approximately 120 little  skeins of lovely, colour sorted embroidery floss - ready, at a moment's  notice - to make (hopefully) beautiful things.

I can't believe it took us that long - and it's why I have nothing to show you today but this.

Not even a lovely, decorated cigar box - which started out at this:

A cigar box given to me by my friend, mixed media artist Linda Kittmer.

I could, but am not going to show you a lovely, decorated box, because I've done 3 versions and hate them all. lol  Apparently, I suck at this part - and I think I'm just going to cover it all with fabric.

Some fiber work on Wednesday.  Until then!
Kit 120