Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Art Quilt - Deco Study #2

I want to start posting more of my original design contemporary art quilts, like I did last week. I haven't really taken the time to do this in the past and I would really like to share some of my favorite pieces with you.  Today I am focusing on my small art quilt Deco Study #2.

Deco  Study #2


I love the art deco period and wanted to play around with some of the design elements in my art quilts.  I decided to make a few small pieces before tackling a larger wall hanging to get some experience working with the motifs.  One of the results was this 12 inch x 12 inch art quilt.


Deco  Study #2


Deco  Study #2


The materials used in this art quilt include hand-dyed cottons, commercial cottons and silks. I started by collaging the design motifs onto a background of richly-colored hand-dyed cotton. Once I was satisfied with the design, I satin stitched the edges of each piece with rayon thread. The way I built up the circle collages gives the quilt top a slightly three-dimensional effect. The collaged top was layered with Warm and Natural cotton batting and a commercial cotton backing fabric and then free-motion machine quilted with rayon threads. (I don't own or use a "quilting machine".  All my quilting is done with my older Bernina® 1090 machine.)  Since I allowed the design elements to "break out" of the confines of the square quilt, I wanted to retain that organic feel and did a simple zigzag stitch around the edges to finish the piece.

Deco Study #2


Have you used fiber art in your home decorating?  If not, then you should definitely try it!  Art quilts can be used on the wall, framed or unframed, just like any other artwork. But art quilt have a tactile, textural quality that most other types of wall art don't have.  I use contemporary art quilts (some framed and some unframed) all over my house and they give that extra punch of color that your walls sometimes need. They also look super when grouped with other types of artwork.


One thing to note, however; fiber art should not be hung in direct sunlight unless protected by UV filtering glass.

I will devote a future blog post to different methods of displaying this unique and fun type of art.  Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions about art quilts or how to display them, please leave me a comment.  I'll be sure to get back with an answer!

©Polkadot Possum (Cindy Harwood)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Etsy Heart Hop - June 27

Welcome back to Heart Hop Monday where we follow a trail of hearts from one Etsy shop to another. This is a really cool way to showcase some of the awesome talent on Etsy and discover interesting new artists.

Last week we left off with lceramic who hearts . . .

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- ceramiquecote (Black Rooster with a Black Circle) who hearts . . .

- emilydyer (Oval Plate with Orange Birds) who hearts . . .

- ruchika (3 x 3 Tile Three Seedlings) who hearts . . .

- GollyBard (Watercolor - Water Lily Bog) who hearts . . .

- robertapolfus (Porcelain Lily) who hearts . . .

- peifferStudios (Petals Ceramic Bowl) who hearts . . .

- themadplanter (Handmade Teacup Chandelier) who hearts . . .

- CuteAbility (Tea with Lemon Teacup and Saucer Necklace) who hearts . . .

Check back next week to see where the trail will lead!

NOTE: Original Etsy shop owners retain copyright to all items and photos.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Ginko

I haven't blogged about any of the wall art I have made recently so I thought it was time to remedy that. The fiber art group I belong to in Lafayette (FibR) decided to do a series of 12" x 12" challenges similar in vein to the Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt Challenge. We ran three different challenges with the following themes:

  • rust and gold
  • blue and purple (with Tyvek™)
  • neutral with one color plus texture

Other than these restrictions, and the fact that the finished piece should be 12" x 12", we could do anything we wanted in any medium.

This is my piece for the rust and gold challenge.

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I started with a piece of canvas that I had gessoed then painted, splattered and stamped with acrylic paints.  Then I cut up the painted canvas and pieced it with  rust-colored hand-dyed cotton and golden-colored silk fabrics.  I embellished the top with hand-dyed cheesecloth for added texture and used some Shiva sticks to add rubbings of ginko leaves.  The rubbings didn't show up as much as I wanted so I cut and appliqued metallic silk organza ginko leaves over the rubbings. 

ginko


I layered the quilt with batting and backing fabric and machine quilted it using various motifs.

Ginko


Then I used Sulky Solvy™ to machine stitch a large yarn and thread ginko leaf and machine stitched it to the center of the quilt top.

Ginko


I zigzagged chenille yarn to the edges of the quilt to finish it.

Ginko


This piece was part of FibR's recent show at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation entitled "Botanica".  The show ran from May 13 to June 17 at the Wells Center in Lafayette, IN.  Ginko is now at Gallery 510 in Decatur, Illinois in their consignment shop where I have some of my art pieces.

Until next time, keep on creating in your little corner of the world!

©Polkadot Possum (Cindy Harwood)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

ACEO Artist Trading Card - Dots #10

In a previous post, I showed pictures of some ACEO artist trading cards that I was making. Here is one of the finished ACEOs.

ACEO Artist Trading Card - Dots 12

This ACEO is made from over-dyed upholstery fabric and hand-dyed and commercial cotton fabrics. I embellished the front of the card with decorative stitching and hand-dyed cheesecloth for texture. The circle collages are made from commercial cotton, hand-dyed cotton, and silk fabrics machine appliqued to the front. Peltex is sandwiched between the front and the backing fabric to make the card sturdy. I couched yarn over the raw edges to finish the card and give more texture. The card is hand beaded with glass beads.

ACEO Artist Trading Card - Dots 12

ACEO Artist Trading Card - Dots 12

ACEO Artist Trading Cards


These cards are so much fun to make. They can be very useful for trying out new ideas before committing to a larger wall hanging.

©Polkadot Possum (Cindy Harwood)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Etsy Heart Hop Monday - June 20

Welcome back to Heart Hop Monday where we follow a trail of hearts from one Etsy shop to another. This is a really cool way to showcase some of the awesome talent on Etsy and discover interesting new artists.

Last week we left off with EmmaLamb who hearts . . .

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- kirstyelson (Polka Dot Lavender Fish) who hearts . . .

- robinandmould (Owl Tea Cosy) who hearts . . .

- junecraft (Plush Folk Guitar) who hearts . . .

- applenamos (Scoop & Sort Colors Wood Set) who hearts . . .

- honeyrunfarm (Honey Sticks) who hearts . . .

- feltjar (Bird's Nest with Eggs) who hearts . . .

- tsifcaonline (Collage Necklace - Gray Area) who hearts . . .

- lceramic (Creature Brooch) who hearts . . .

Check back next week to see where the trail will lead!

NOTE: Original Etsy shop owners retain copyright to all items and photos.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Handmade Zippered Clutch - Orange Love

This handmade zippered clutch is the perfect size bag to hold electronic gadgets (iPhone, Blackberry, iPod), tools for journaling or knitting, makeup, etc. This bag is 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) tall and 8.25 inches (21 cm) wide with an 8 inch zippered opening.

Handmade Zippered Clutch - Orange Love



Handmade Zippered Clutch - Orange Love



Handmade Zippered Clutch - Orange Love



Handmade Zippered Clutch - Orange Love


I crafted this bag from hand-dyed fabrics from my fabric stash. I layered strips of fabric on a piece of lightweight interfacing making sure to overlap the strips. Then the overlapping edges of the strips were stitched down to the interfacing using decorative machine stitching. The bag is lined with cotton batik and lightly padded with cotton batting. I hand-painted a heart on a panel of tea-dyed cotton canvas using Liquitex Acrylic Ink!, Neopaque fabric paint and Tattered Angels' Glimmer Mist. This panel was stitched to the front of the bag and further embellished with hand stamped twill tape. I included a small, interior pocket to hold tools, accessories, lipstick or ear buds.

The Flower bag was made using similar techniques.

Zipper Bag Small Clutch - Flower

I love the look of these bags. It's so much fun to put them together and make decisions about the color combinations!

©Polkadot Possum (Cindy Harwood)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Etsy Heart Hop Monday - June 13

Welcome back to Heart Hop Monday where we follow a trail of hearts from one Etsy shop to another. This is a really cool way to showcase some of the awesome talent on Etsy and discover interesting new artists.

Last week we left off with sabahnur who hearts . . .

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- aubepine (Fire Glow Necklace) who hearts . . .

- jerseymaids (Antique Silver Heirloom Earrings) who hearts . . .

- ThreeTreesBindery (Custom Wedding Guest Book) who hearts . . .

- terrysifeltlikeit (Luminary Felt Vessel) who hearts . . .

- sweptashore (Beach Glass) who hearts . . .

- kelleystreetvintage (Victorian Mounted Photos) who hearts . . .

- birdie1 (Large Blue Oval Toolbox) who hearts . . .

- EmmaLamb (Flower Garland) who hearts . . .

Check back next week to see where the trail will lead!

NOTE: Original Etsy shop owners retain copyright to all items and photos.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Etsy Heart Hop "Monday" - June 7

Hi again! Welcome back to Heart Hop Monday (except it's Tuesday - sorry!) where we follow a trail of hearts from one Etsy shop to another. This is a really cool way to showcase some of the awesome talent on Etsy and discover interesting new artists.

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Last week we left off with TheWoodenOwl who hearts . . .

- daiseychain (Soft Gray Fiber Art Necklace) who hearts . . .

- caramelos (Vintage Spun Cotton Red Mushrooms) who hearts . . .

- yasoknitting (White Lace Barefoot Yasosandals) who hearts . . .

- radusport (Fingerless Gloves) who hearts . . .

- jewelera (Fluttery Butterflies Bib Necklace) who hearts . . .

- Rudman (Felted 3D Art Scarf) who hearts . . .

- galafilc (Nuno Felted Scarf) who hearts . . .

- sabahnur (Shades of Blue Jellyfish) who hearts . . .

Check back next week to see where the trail will lead!

NOTE: Original Etsy shop owners retain copyright to all items and photos.