Thursday, February 02, 2006

Happy Groundhogs Day! Blessed Imbolc!

An auspicious day for beginning new things, so here it is, a new blog. I've actually
had this blog set up for a long while. It's sort of embarrassing how long it's taken me to finish something so I had an excuse to post in it. But, now that I have, I'll try to keep at it, even if it's just to post that I walked by the studio door and got a peek at my sewing machine some afternoon.

So, with no further ado, here it is - the first creation to be previewed in my cyberstudio:

This little infestation of fabric moths was created for a textile art challenge called a Baggo. Basically you filled a post office tyvek bag with as much fabric and other creative items (aka scraps, stuff, crap) as would fit and sent it to the coordinator of the challenge, who then sent your bag out anonymously to someone else in the challenge, and randomly sent you someone elses bag, also anonymously. It arrived in your mailbox, you dumped it out on the table and immediately exclaimed...


At least, that was my response. Other participants might have had different reactions. The baggo I received was really a challenge in the truest sense of the word. I messed around with several ideas, some weren't fun, some weren't working, but eventually was saved by an epiphany, and Fabric Moths was born. At the time, I was dealing with a really bad case of moths in my kitchen pantry. I guess that just goes to show you never know where your inspiration will come from!

Here's a couple of detail shots:

I knew what sort of mood I saw on the moons face - in my mind - the trick was to allow my thread and fingers to find it. I wasn't sure if I could pull it off. It sort of felt like I was going at it like someone asked to choose by clicking on a file of emoticons while blindfolded. But I was very pleased with the results. I showed it to William and he said he could see more then one face in it, which pleases me as I wanted it to be a bit abstract.

I love this little guy. I sure hope the recipient doesn't suffer from arachnophobia!

Last but not least, although unfortunately not the best photo, here is the quilt I received from my Baggomaker, Rachel. I am a huge fan of her art, so you can imagine how delighted I was to discover I now have a Rachel Original for my very own home. You can see more of her work here.

Leaping Lizards


Lori said...

i like ur pics, but the spider one freaks me out but I still like them...Well come by mine n e time...Lori

Lady Ellen said...

no problem clicking on the email link and going right to this page dear...very pretty, bravo! I like it!

KirstyMoonsinger said...

Wow, you are totally inspired! I love the spider, and the rainbow moths!