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Thursday, May 13, 2010
The idea of a chrysalis has been on my mind for a while so I decided to try that idea with some mixed media fiber art. I had a general plan and knew I wanted it to be different from anything I had done before. I wanted to try some different techniques that would be out of my comfort zone. Below is a wire armature with a paper / celluclay molded face.
I molded the celluclay face over a light wire armature then waited for it to dry. This was the first time I worked with celluclay but I can see it is a great medium I will use to add depth to future pieces. Below is the finished piece.
I covered the wire armature with batting the used my hand dyed gauze to cover and mold around that. I wanted to keep with organic, natural colors of nature so there are different shades of greens, browns and golds. To add some color punch I wrapped pipe cleaners with brighter colors and attached those. Below is a close up of the face.
I covered the celluclay with many layers of tissue paper using a matte gel medium. The hair is moss, root and lichen I found on my property. I wove some pieces of the dyed gauze in also. Below is a side view that shows the wrapped pipe cleaners and green dyed gauze. You can click on the photos to enlarge.
I am a Texas native who grew up watching my grandmother crochet, knit and tat. She would save string from the tops of feed and flour sacks and make beautiful bedspreads and tablecloths from it. I find inspiration is the least expected places. Sometime in the textile itself, it's texture or color. A poignant saying, a found object or story can spark my imagination and creativity. I attempt to express a particular feeling or message in my fiber art, blending, coaxing and manipulating the fiber, yarns and threads into something that is unique for me. I use new surface design techniques with traditional methods working with commercial fabrics as well as my own hand dyed and hand painted fabrics. My art has been shown at Fiber Artspace at Blue Star Art Complex,San Antonio,TX, also at Fiber Arts Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM, at Fiber Artists of San Antonio annual show Nord Gallery, San Antonio,TX, and 1550 Gallery, Kerrville, TX., Kerr Arts and Cultural Center membership show, Kerrville, TX, and KACC invitational fiber arts show, The Softer Side of Art.