silk is such an amazingly beautiful thing
i still remember the first piece of silk I ever owned
palest pink silk dupionni
i still have fragments of that cloth and use it ever more sparingly as it dwindles away
over the years i have gathered a few others, never sure what i will do with them but always knowing they will be part of something magical
(magical to me anyway...)
in my alchemy course, with karen, we have learned how to combine silk fabric and paper to make something sublime
i chose a dark blue silk and hand made paper in a mottled blue and pink with marbling in black and gold
cotton, rayon and metallic threads
layering, stitching, tearing
this piece is in dire need of stretching and once i get that done i will go back and do more embellishing by hand
i have no idea what yet but i am sure it will involve glittery threads
and perhaps some icy snowflakes or stars
this was so much fun to do
i am already dreaming up other colour combinations, other practical uses
that almost seems like an oxymoron - art can be practical????
yes, yes, i think so.... i think this would be a fabulous technique to play with for my christmas books for the swap...
i can just see a starry night page, or an icy, snowy one
green with holly and the ivy
or deep red with poinsettias
i would get to play with what i recently learned, exploring a new technique to my heart's content,
and all the while i will actually be working on something on my "to do" list
and speaking of the christmas books,
below are cards sent by diane from diane hobbit
diane is a quilter and textile artist who lives in the uk
diane inspires me with all she does, and her travels - i think she is the ultimate "busy woman"!
there's one more card she sent that i set aside for my book.... just not quite sure where that pile is at this exact moment - yeesh
so there you have it.... all the cards sent and swapped and now the rest is up to me
for the next few weeks i can be found in my sewing room, happily playing with silk and paper and thread...