Monday, February 12, 2007

snowed in



topography
41.5" h x 14.5" w
with two details
























last week i found this fabric in my cupboard and began stitching. No plan, no pre-conceived notions; just stitching out and drawing in a little at a time. It was a cathartic experience.
My method with this type of work is to stitch on the whole cloth, then go in with color. It's a circling back to my adventures with paint, paper and canvas: a process that feels like coming home.

10 comments:

Gerrie said...

I like this. Was the sole cloth rusted, painted or dyed?

Pat's Place said...

This is a wonderful direction for you - at least from my little perspective... I, too, have been experimenting with paint, paper, and cloth along with the stitching to create some interesting pieces. They are still evolving...

Keep it up, Laura! I'm glad that you've found/made time to play/draw with your machine.

laura said...

thanks Pat! and Gerrie!
The base fabric was rusted last summer. After stitching i went in with additional color: inks and water color pencil set with textile medium.
there's another under the needle now.

Debra Spincic said...

Very cool! Do you have music you stitch to?

Heidi said...

Beautiful! I love the movement in it!

laura said...

thanks for the warm responses! Deb, yes, sometimes i have music in the studio. generally Baroque, hammered dulcimer , or contemporary music with similar structure. Never anything with lyrics unless i am cleaning. Then i like Dire AStraits , grin.

Debra Spincic said...

Music does get you moving! very interesting piece.

Granny Fran said...

That is so beautiful! I just haven't ever been able to just let go like that, but it must be very freeing to do it. As much as I like old rusty junque, I should try rusting some material. Do you treat the cloth first like in dyeing?

Waltraud said...

I´ve just discovered your blog, your work is fantastic!
Greetings
Waltraud

deb said...

thanks for posting these pictures. I have a lot of machine stitching ahead of me and I've been stalling because I have gotten rigid about where and how to stitch. the freedom and grace of your line has reminded me to loosen up.