Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A poem for the exhibition

At my first exhibition there was a poem of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Swan. My choice than was to pinprick the paper so the poem would flow on the paper. I am trying to make some sort of bridge between my first and second exhibition, like a continuation of sorts. Therefore I decided to take another poem and play with it. 

I wrote this poem in 2014, it seems I didn't publish it on my blog. No idea why. I wanted to use the three Soul Food-colours, blue, pink & purple, the main colours for the exhibition. This time the poem is scattered over the page. The mulberry paper partially removed so the lines became visible and with a simple pink running stitch it is finished off. Maybe I add a frame, haven't decided yet. 

The blue smudges were made as a reference to the wind. It is just a small piece but a lovely addition. At the moment there are 45 pieces for the exhibition. The largest one is ofcourse Soul Food, 1,35 x 1, 15 cm, the smallest one 15 x 18 cm.

And although there are still a couple of things I'd like to make, tonight I will start making another bark book. Yep, I'm going barking mad again ... :-)

Enjoy your evening.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Another pink plate

And a new plate with pink thread is finished.

Even the fringes on the back look beautiful to me.

Have to admit, I like these shades of pink more than I did of the failed plate.

This is my picture of the day on Flickr
It is a quote of May Sarton from the book House by the sea. 
"The great thing with any creative work is that it is never repetitive. 
The problems are always fresh, one is never bored ... "

The last few months I've been reading the journals of May.
 And each time around I truly enjoyed myself. 

Hope you are enjoying yourself too.

See you soon.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A prototype

Since my teenage years I have already this problem with books that don't close. To me it is a nuiseance when it comes to storage due to the lack of space.  During this year of Artistbook with Karen I got confronted with it again, ofcourse. Luck was on my side this time because I came across this video of Susan Gaylord. In this video she shows a Japanse book (0.22 til 0.44) and that made me re-think the bookstructure.

My question was: If I were to make pages like the Japanse pages, what kind of spine would I need? In the picture you can see the spine.  (I know that this is just a piece of almost discarded paper) 

The pages are now sewed onto the spine but as you can see there is space between the pages which solves my problem.

The cover is made out of two layers. The first layer is to attach the content of the book. 

Made an opening, carefully pushed on side of the spine in and did the same on the other side. 

This is how the outside of the cover looks which isn't pretty by any means of measure. And therefore I stitched the second layer on it. A cover to cover things up.

As you can see in the last picture there is plenty of space for all kinds of stitches, collages, and anything else I want to put on the paper. 

This is a prototype and there are still some details I want to do differently but for now I'm really happy how things came together. 

Have a lovely tuesday!


Saturday, September 1, 2018


At this point I thought ... wow, things are going very smoothly!

And as you can see, I started incorrect. This mistake can't be rectified and so all these bullion knots were made for the scrap pile. Not good!

I can't start over just now since I don't have enough pink thread for another plate. Time to start a new book, now that is exciting!

Enjoy your weekend


Thursday, August 30, 2018

The purple plate

Another 108 bullion knots are laid on a paper plate. This time in three shades of purple and if you look closely you can see I used three strands of DMC each time. The last paper plate in this series is already pinpricked and 10 bullion knots are laid down. 

Time to start stitching again!

Enjoy yourself and I'll see you soon.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Still working

The last few days I've been working on new pieces for the exhibition but in a slower pace. The Soul Food-tartan was made first, no stitching just playing with paper. It was one of the ideas that were jotted down while being in the french knots-frenzy. The basic layer was painted with watercolour, the blue and purple are strips of mulberry paper. The white lines are drawn with a Posca-pen. Lines intrigue me and therefore playing with the idea of tartan isn't that far fetched in my mind.

My first exhibition was with a lot of paper plates. To connect the first and the second exhibition as a continuation of my adventure with needle and thread I decided to make four paper plates. In the picture above you can see the three main colours of Soul Food on a plate.

The second one is in three different shades of blue. Those two are ready and currently I'm working on the purple one.

That's all for now ... time to get stitching again! 


Thursday, August 23, 2018

The portrait, the final post

I did it! The portrait is finished. The eyes were a bit nerve wrecking but they look allright to me now. Seven different shades of blues are used. The french knots are made of two strands of DMC with 5 wraps and therefore almost 300 mtr of thread is used to fill this portrait. It took over 3 weeks to make these zillion french knots, there were some long stitching days. The time spent on this portrait is over 100 hours. So this might well be a once-in-a-life-time project. Still I'm over the moon with it and accept all the flaws that it has. 

One last picture from a different angle. I hope you enjoyed watching "the birth" of this portrait as I have.

Have a fantastic thursday!