At the moment there is a exhibition in Copenhagen of Jonas and I absolutely love these paintings. The way he worked with celtic elements and helleristninger, it just gets me. The exhibition is called The time is always now and held at the Kastelsvej 18 in Copenhagen. So if you happen to be in that area, I would say: Do yourself a favour and go to see them!
The page of today for the ledger is a bit different. The symbol blinded by love is an old one which appeared already in a handmade book called Mystery, made in 2008 and ofcourse on Soul Food. There was no question for me whether or not to make a plate with it, there simple had to be a plate with it in this series.
For the ledger I wanted to change the visual and came up with the idea you see in the picture. This page difference from the other pages because of the variation in the process of the techniques. To pinprick the heart out I used a blunt, thick pinpricker from when I was a little kid. This is giving a different texture than the needle I normally use. Besides that I tried a different drawing and painting idea. I think the technique might work but I need to practice it a bit more which is fine with me. Had to start working with it somewhere, right?
Since there is also a plate with cross stitched hearts I used them to embellish the page and that worked out just fine. So in short it is not my favorite page but I learned a few things while creating it and therefore it was worth the effort.
Enjoy your thursday and I do hope you learn something new today too.
The name of this paper plate is crossroads. It is a simple plate with two pinpricked strips, embellished and fastened. To top it off some bullion knots are placed on the ends of the strips. The border mimicks the idea. Each day we have crossroads in our lives, most of them are easy decisions but every now and than we have a hard time deciding which way to go.
This plate is made during the summer but it feels appropriate today. I made the plate after seeing the documentary Pray the devil back to hell, a documentary of a group of women in Liberia. They connected together beyond the boundaries of religion and archieved peace after a civil war that lasted 14 years.
The square on the plate means: Till here but no further. On another level it encourages to connect because when connected we become each others safety net. The stronger the bonds, the stronger the net will be.
Wish you a lovely wednesday while you focus on your connections.
A few weeks ago Deanna organized a give-away in our secret society over at Flickr. The secret society is a gathering of ladies who love to swing their needle while Karen keeps a watchful eye out. You probably guessed it by now, in case you haven't ... I was the winner of the give-away and yesterday my mailman was so kind to drop off her parcel. The handmade pouch is very beautiful. Deanna had ofcourse made some pictures of the pouch but she hadn't photograph the inside. And here was a big surprise. The inside of the pouch is made of silk with a feather design woven in. In case you don't know, I photograph little white feathers when I come across them and so my name was on the pouch from the start ... or so it feels. .. :-)
So thank you Deanna for your generous gift and I will see you in class again on wednesday.
This page isn't linked to a specific plate. The reason for it is that all my plates are photographed on the map with Nörrköping. Didn't want to cut up that map, still way to precious to me but there are enough maps around in this house, so I took another one.
The quote of Robert Frost is already for years on my right bar and to no surprise fitted perfectly on this page. The border is made of a rectanglar paperplate and is pinpricked and painted.
On the front you see the buttons, the memorable moments which are often part of any journey. The fabric used is the same as I used on the flower hanging on my blue cloth. As for the fastening I did something special, they are all fastened a little bit different. A very small detail but one I absolutely love. For me these details and the cross-references between the plates, the blue cloth and the ledger are the icing on the cake.
That's all for today ... time to start another one.
Last week one of my classmates made a cruise through the pictures and came across the poem of Rainer Maria Rilke, the swan. It was a lovely reminder and therefore I made this paper plate to remind myself in the future.
This clumsy living that moves lumbering
as if in ropes through what is not done,
reminds us of the awkward way the swan walks.
And to die, which is the letting go
of the ground we stand on and cling to every day,
is like the swan, when he nervously lets himself down
into the water, which receives him gaily
and which flows joyfully under
and after him, wave after wave,
while the swan, unmoving and marvelously calm,
is pleased to be carried, each moment more fully grown,
more like a king, further and further on.
As I told yesterday, the Ægishhjálmr is the theme for this week and today I will show you the work in the Focus ledger.
On the two doors, protecting what is behind it, is the Ægishhjálmr, as a protective seal.
The bone button holds the seal in place, still it is possible to be opened.
When the seal is removed and the doors opened, this is what you get to see. On the left I made a combination of runen, helleristninger and items used to make textiles, the right side gives a word in runen. All of these items I used in my work before, they are very meaningful to me and therefore worth protecting.
In this detailpicture you can see how I combined and at the same time keep the different items separate. This gives the symbol a nice texture. All of it is inspired by the history of the Vikings and therefore a old seamap is chosen as the background.
The plate of this week is my version of Ægishjálmr. Like last week all the Focus-posts are around one theme. The story of Ægishjálmr you can read here, if you're interested. This leaves leaves me with only one thing to say:
During the weekend I came across this absolutely wonderful video. Eric, the man in the video explains his love for embroidery so very well that I had to share it with you. And yes I aware that you probably already know how absolutely fantastic it is to swing your needle but I want you to watch this anyway.