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Monday, 15 February 2010

Textile Paintings











I have had time to play with ideas this weekend and today, as school is closed for half term.
I have been looking forward to the break as it is always quite frantic at school just before the holiday, finishing off projects etc...
I completed blossom tree brooch and then decided to use up some pieces of wool that I had dyed a navy blue for another miniature landscape.
The fuchsia thread is from a vintage reel of cotton and it is a wonderful colour, especially against the dark blue.


If you're anything like me, you will no doubt have many small bits of fabric and lace which you can't throw away as

a. It's too beautiful to part with even if it's so small you can hardly see it.


b. It is very old so how can you possibly be the one to end it's life.


c. You have an emotional attachment to it (It was part of an old dress that belonged to a great grandma)


d. You need to recycle.


e. You are a very strange person who hordes small scraps because you like to paint pictures with them.


f. You are completely mad because you think all fabrics deserve a chance of a different life.


g. How could you part with it because you will never get that design, colour again etc...
h. You are inspired by the work of Edrica Huws see here http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2007/aug/13/art and here amazing work.
Which leads me on to these two 'still life brooches' which I have been able to incorporate tiny fragments of lace and fabric.
Have a great week.
Mx










22 comments:

Tammie Lee said...

each of these is wonderful!

konnykards .. Musings of a Senior Citizen said...

..... yes I have many bits and scraps, and similar vintage reels of cotton .... I just wish they would turn into somethng wonderful as all yours do!
Enjoy your holiday, Connie.

Danielle Barlow said...

Wow, those are beautiful, and SO tiny!

JP said...

small is definitely beautiful! - enjoy half term

The Adventurous Art Teacher said...

Michala,
These are just lovely... I would love to wear one:)
I also have a collection of tiny scraps I can feel my creative thoughts mulling over new ideas.

Gina said...

The little still lives are beautiful. I can never throw anything away either.

karen said...

I really like the addition of the lace. You won't be suprised to hear that I hoard too, it's an addiction but then I can never find anything!!

Angelcat said...

These are all very beautiful!

Cerejeira said...

Those are beautiful,specialy the pink tree in round felt.
Beautiful!
http://cerejeirastudio.blogspot.com

Alexandra Mason said...

They are wonderful! Have a lovely week xx

The Weaver of Grass said...

All of those reasons for hanging on to bits of material apply to me.

Kaye Turner said...

This is my first visit to your blog; I've seen the link on some people's blog sidebars. Goodness, what a treat. You do such beautiful work. I hope you don't mind, I added your link to my blog too.

Victoria said...

each one is exquisite... and I too tend to keep the tiniest bits of lace and silk... one never knows when they will be needed!

A Time to Dance said...

I love these pieces, especially the vases, what a great idea, I am always up for re-cycling! your work is soooooo beautiful...have a lovely day...H

Aussie Jo said...

The still life pics are stunning, I love the bit of history that old lace gives.

Amelia said...

these are simply beautiful, and I completely agree, I have many little scraps and in fact, do use very tiny pieces in my work.

Amelia.x
(www.101birdtales.blogspot.com)

cardinal arts said...

ah- these are fantastic! I especially like the cherry blossoms......and the way you have shaded the two top vases

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

hello from Michigan. It is always so nice to visit your blog and see what lovely new things you have created. They always make me smile. Hugs Judy

Diane said...

I so love your work. And the list of reasons that we keep these things is wonderful. Maybe it could be like a diagnostic tool..."if you can relate to three or more reasons to save textiles you might have a fabric addition." At least you put your bits and pieces to wonderful use.

Diane

Wychbury said...

Hi Michela, your work is amazing! I included your blog in my sunshine award list today :)
http://wychbury.blogspot.com/2010/02/sunshine-award.html
Paula x

acornmoon said...

These are delightful, you go from strength to strength.

We have just returned from London and I saw some work in Liberty's which made me think of you, it was by a lady called Claire Moynihan, she embroiders moths onto fiber moth balls. I am sure you would love her work.

silverpebble said...

Your new brooches are very beautiful indeed Michala - I love the ones with vases especially.