Monday, November 17, 2008

Birds, trees, and romantic style


This is what happens when I think of creating something modern. It looks like a 19th century lithograph-illustrated book on tropical fauna. Okay, I'll surrender, I won't keep trying to create a hommage to the classics of modern painting.
The Birds in their brown and red tree are finished. Now I'm thinking about how to use it, as a cushion top?
I'll definitely not frame it and hang it on the wall. If I need a picture, I paint it. I wrote something like "form follows function" in a Germany forum of embroiderers; I guess the community were not amused. I didn't mean to make them angry, just thought about the counted stitch pictures they keep producing and framing and then posting to each other: how cute! and I think to myself, how square is this? Well, how square is what I am doing?
Okay, lets do it a little more square.
I have to say that I'm not a quilter at all, though I have always admired this art. Probably I never had the patience to work precisely, so I just don't have the courage to try a quilting project. But now I had to in order to use this embroidered piece. I found some beautiful indonesian print cloth I wore to pieces, and some printed vintage viscose with a generous flower print, and I used this to frame the embroidery. There are tiny golden stars on part of the background, not finished yet.
The birch is covered with golden sparkles before the dark clouds.


4 comments:

Fiber Focus said...

I saw a link from your blog on mine and came over to visit! A brand new baby blog!!!! Best wishes on your journey.

Eva said...

Thank you for your kind welcome! It is very interesting to read in fiber focus, especially the posts on ethnic/world fiber art. Very inspiring!

Ro Bruhn said...

Welcome to the world of blogging, I love your paintings in your side bar link

Art4Sol said...

I really like your folk birds....I think they are timeless. I, too have grown tired of just stitching something to frame it. I love quilts, have lots of books on them but I don't enjoy the precision it takes to make them or having to sit at a machine to do it. Now on the other hand Jude Hill at Spirit Cloth has the right idea....love the way she recycles and also tells wonderful stories in her freeform hand work.
Darlene