Three more “sleeps” until my cast comes off – Yeah! I can’t wait. I will finally be able to get back to creating – sewing, knitting, quilting…. Yes.
This evening I was at my sister’s place for dinner and noticed a lovely watercolour in her family room titled “Ian’s Sock Drawer” – an artist friend of hers must have seen one of Ian’s sock drawers (he has three) and done this bright painting of his socks, and because I haven’t any original work in progress to share I thought I’d share my sock drawer.
Here it is in two steps – I have three columns of socks in my sock drawer (43 pairs in all) of hand knit woollen socks – the oldest knit in 2003 to the most recent 2019. I have given away many pairs from this sock drawer – worn, yes, but with lots of life left in them, in order to be able to add new socks to my collection.
This is what it looks like today – jumbled – no order to the colours. Sometimes I take all the socks out and replace them so like colours are together but over time as I wear them and wash them, they get put back at the front of a column that has room to squeeze them in. So my colour organization disintegrates.
Sock Drawer (Part 1)
One of these days I’ll sit on the floor and reorganize them into colour families again but for now (since it’s summer and I’m wearing sandals) they’re staying the way they are.
Sock Drawer (Part 2)
The World – a 20′ Tapestry by Vanessa Barragão at Heathrow Airport
Came across this textile art piece today – a 20′ Tapestry which recreates the world map in textured yarn by Vanessa Barragão commissioned for Heathrow Airport.
You really must take a look at the article to see closeups of her latch hooking, felt needling, carving, crochet, used to construct this amazing large piece.
It’s quite wonderful.
I’m getting back to some work myself, finally. I’ve been knitting in the evening – can’t yet do as many rows as I could before I broke my wrist – I’m still in the cast and it hampers my thumb movement. I’m going to construct the light green pants I cut out the day before the accident – I can sew now, and handle a pair of scissors (for short periods of time) and I can certainly thread and use the sewing machines. Pressing will still be a bit of an issue but I’m going to have a go.
I’ve also been preparing for the exhibition at Art Labs in Parrsboro from August 10-30. I’ve written up blurbs for each work and printed them on removable labels. The wall hangings all have sleeves for rods to hang them with built into the back of each one. I need to create and baste some sleeving onto the back of the lap quilts. Then I need to check my stock of dowels to see if I have enough long ones – if not, I’ll have to pick up more. I also need to make sure I have enough bulldog clips for the ends of the dowels so we can hang each piece from the wire hanging system at the gallery.
So, soon, I should once again be able to post about my own creative endeavours.
Natalie Ciccoricco takes a vintage photo and embroiders multi-coloured circles on them, matching the shades of embroidery thread perfectly. Very interesting artwork results.
A Multi-Faceted Colour Swatch by Natalie Ciccoricco
You really must take a look at her work. This is not something I’d have ever though to do myself but seeing her work I might have a try! Ciccoricco’s colour sense is amazing – the embroidery threads replicate very closely the colours found in each photo.
I thought this worth sharing!
Found Leaves by Susanna Bauer
Trim by Susanna Bauer
This would never have crossed my mind to attempt. Her found leaves are beautifully intact – that in itself is a feat. Add to that her exquisite fine crochet work and you have an amazing work of art!
Or consider these “portraits” of sliced fruit by Dennis Wojtkiewicz:
A Slice Of Lemon
This is a 48″ x 48″ oil painting – can’t you just taste the tart goodness?
The breadth of inspiration and wonderful execution amaze me.
Oh, BTW, I’m still in a cast – this week a bubblegum pink one – I had to have the purple one changed because it was seriously rubbing in a couple of locations and would have led to open sores beneath the cast had I not had it changed. This one is better – survivable if still uncomfortable – at least for now.