A small selection of my more art - less craft pieces (whatever the hell that means) for your viewing pleasure...
Feminist War Flags
I'm currently working on a series of feminist war flags.
Step 1: Weave some badass royal textiles
Step 2: Goldwork embroider them
Step 3: Hand-forge iron flag holders
So far I'm about 60 hours in and I'm 2/3rds of the way through step 1 so....this might take a few months. Stay tuned!
Painting with Thread
I've never taken an art class before and I am color blind which means I can't see hues or gradations in most scenarios. Naturally, I wanted to see if I could figure out how to "paint" with thread.
My process: Sketch out the image + scratch out the directionality of the "strokes". Use the color codes of the floss to determine what shades I'm working with and then start "painting". Lastly, send dozens of photos of the piece to my friends to get their input on if my colors are right. I have very patient friends!
I wanted to explore weaving with lots of wacky weft materials. These pieces include: fishing line, metal wire, feathers, ribbons and rope. I created a series of four panels, each evoking one of the four elements. I wove it on one really long white warp. Once I split them, I treated them. Fire was painted with acrylics and then beat with charcoal powder so it looks like it went through a fire. Water was dip dyed in indigo to create water line marks. Earth was painted with acrylics and beat with clay. Air was unwoven in parts to create the feel of it being battered by the wind.
I'm working on a series of circular weavings for the home. I'm pleased with how they are turning out and I'll keep you posted as I perfect them and start selling them. ; )