Just like a lot of other people Christmas preparations are getting the better of me. Still every now and than I lay a bullion knot on paper which is meant to become a cover for a small booklet, some day.
The last few days I worked on these pieces. The ideas behind them are similar as in the previous post. The piece in the photograph above is called: The need to keep telling old stories. The one below: Bound by memories.
The written part wasn't done by me. I found some old notebooks at a fleamarket during the summer and used two pages of them. They are truly old notebooks, the oldest date I found was 1846, the texts are difficult to read but that doesn't matter.
One last detailpicture to show you how I emphasized bound.
Have a fabulous start of your week. See you soon again.
For the longest times I'm interested in how people meet, where people meet and how they share their story. I find that totally fascinating. Therefore I decided to spend some more time with this topic again. In the collage above meeting points were on my mind.
In this picture it is about meeting place between two people and the creation of their space.
The last two photographs are about equality and the difficulties in that when it comes to sharing stories.
All the pieces are made with the same white paper. The differences in colour are because of the light at the moment they were taken. My apologies for that. The inspiration to create these pieces like this are taken from the work of Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. If you like to know more about them and their art, here is a link.
In the picture above you can see the result after the two layers of the Bayeux stitch are done. Only the stemstitch all around as a finish touch is missing.
After I finished the stemstitch part, some smaller helleristninger, rock carvings were added. The piece is signed in elder futhark, which felt more appropriate.
This project was one that remained on my list of things I wanted to make and now I did. I learned that it is very possible to do large areas in Bayeux stitch. Besides this was also the first time I embroidered on cloth with crochet yarn and it works fine on linen.
Now I'm gonna dive in some paperwork again, love to work with paper. Wish there were more hours in a day, so I could do more .. :-)
A lot of stitching happend during the last few days. I really like this red on the natural coloured linen, it all fits wonderfully together. The first layer is now almost done which means the second layer can be started this weekend. Although to be fair there will not be much stitching happening since we are gonna visit Koldinghus with and the exhibition they are having at the moment this weekend and there is some other stuff on the calender. Therefore it probably will take a week or so to get the second layer done.
Anyway, you have fun with your projects and have a lovely november weekend!
Just a quick update-post to show you the progress made. The first layer of one lady is done and I'll soon start the next one. I never did Bayeux stitch with crochet yarn nor such a big space, the circle I mean. Therefore my fingers are crossed that things will work out when I put on the second layer. Well there is still a fair amount to do before I have to cross that bridge.
After a week of headaches and two days of a lovely but very painful migraine it seems that I'm back in shape again. I say seems since only this morning I started feeling that way and really hope it lasts!!!!
This pieces is already for more than a week on the way not an awful lot happend but with some work of this morning included it looks at least as something is growing towards a piece.
As you can see, the inspiration is taken from a photograph that I took in Sweden in 2012. There are very few helleristninger, stone carvings, in which you can see women. Lots and lots of men with very big private parts but women, nope. So therefore I like this one best and I don't want to embroider private parts, :-). (I really loved rereading this old blogpost, Julie, so thanks again.)
Now it is time to get a move on, I embroidered all morning, because there is also other stuff that need to be happening!
Have a lovely day and I do hope you (re)read the old blogpost because I think it is still fun to read.
I know, I know, I said the final post already a few times but this time it truly has to be the final post. Why? Because everything is done, even the signing and now it is safely stored away until Easter.
The passepartout is pinpricked to create texture and that's also the way how the rectangle in the middle is removed. It adds some interest between the two sheets of white paper.
Did I already tell you that 'm just so happy with the result? If not, you do know now! :-)
This evening I will finish a pillow, one of my UFO's.
Last February I made this cloth for the series of Memory lane. Unfortunately I couldn't get used to the "hard" blue. (That's also the reason why the first pictures are made in black and white.) Since it always takes me a few days before I'm ready to dive into my work again after a holiday I decided to remove the lettering and replace it with more bullion knots. A sort of in-between project.
Now this I love. A sea of unruly bullion knots on a very much used cloth. This piece is so soft and falls so beautiful. I'm very happy that I made the decision to change it.
Hope you enjoyed yourself too this week with your projects.
A lot of work has been done the past few days. One of things that happend was watching this video of Arne & Carlos. Finally I found a way of quilting that was even doable for me. And so I had to start immediately, ofcourse. Those who follow my blog for some time know of my absolute non-talent around the sewing machine but I truely believed I could do it and simply set myself to work. Never mind that my thread kept on snapping, that I had to start over a couple of times, that another needle broke or that I became totally exhausted from the anxiety that the lot caused because a beautiful block of 30 x 30 cm's was the result after a few hours of wrestling.
This small piece was made to relax. Don't like the frame that much but I do like the work I made.
And some good news I think I found the answers to some of the questions I gave myself. Which means that very soon I can stitch again in the evenings in a very productive manner ... So looking forward to that.
While trying to find a new road to travel I decided to combine some inspiration from Agnes Martin and my love for lines. First two layers of gesso were applied, lots of time disappeared because of the drying. Than I drew the grid on the back, pinpricked the holes and stitched the paper. After that I applied the colour. It looks really nice, very calming, unfortunately the work didn't really excite me and the colours are ok.
It wasn't the most productive week this week. A lot of hmm. When I said yes to participate in the Easter exhibition 2019, I knew I wanted to build the exhibition around Soul Food. This meant a return to the colours, blue, pink and purple. For a long time these were my favorite colours, I even thought they still were. But I'm struggling with them since the start of the preparation, they don't excite me as much as they used to do.
Luckily, I have an idea in which direction I want to go as soon as I know what kind of colour will make me happy. So for now I'm just playing around with paper ideas, my journal and lots of different colours.
Ofcourse there also need to be a blue page in this ledger and here it is. I really like this embroidered piece because there are so many story-telling elements in it.
Totally love these two pages. The doodle drawn as precisely as I could together with the handspun wool makes a truly interesting combination. However the page with the knitted, handspun woollen thread did create a problem. My book was totally unable to close. I had to do something about that other than taking the knitted sample out.
My solution was to take out the remaining pages except for one and paint them. This way a stock of paper is ready to be used and the book can now close, well almost
A rubber band is still needed but this way I can safely store the pages that are in the book. No worries at all and no waste of paper either.
Sometimes something very special ends up in one's mailbox, mine in this case. Three Japanese books called Hamonshu. In these books a study of waves in drawing can be seen. Very special. Ofcourse there are more images, so here is the link.
Why do I like this book so much. Well, it is like the book of A. Boogert, the watercolour book, someone, a long time ago, spent their time making something beautiful and we can still draw inspiration from their amazing work. This is their seed as May Sarton would say.
The quote from May, for those who are not familiar with it.
"I would like to believe when I die that I have given myself away like a tree that sows seeds every spring and never count the loss, because it is not loss, it is adding to future life."
The last few days I've been playing with paper while trying to wrap my head around an idea.
These are some of the pages that were made in the process. Do you notice the change in colour? Was kind of surprised by it myself. :-)
This book was also on my desk. Didn't use it because too many special tools and ink, etc. were needed. Or one could say: My array of painting stuff is rather small and I didn't want to dash to a shop because I've already enough problems with where to put what!
The second episode in the serie: Barking mad! Yes, my second Bark book is finished and although the materials are largely the same, the book feels very different. (In case you missed episode one of this serie click here.) In the picture above you can see a small piece of driftwood as part of the way to keep the book closed.
While hiking in Sweden last summer a number of very yummy pieces of bark were picked up and brought home as carefully as possible.
As you probably guessed a lot of pictures are made and I could make you scroll down deeper and deeper, instead I created a short video with pictures.
It was an adventure to make this one but I'm truly happy with the result.
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 ... :-)
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.
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.