Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Note Cards and Autumn Colors on Election Day 2018

Today it is raining and has been raining all day, this election day, 2018.
 Many of the autumn leaves seem to brighter against the gray sky.
Spring Valley, DC
near 49th Street, NW

 I've been working on some note cards
and often repeat designs.....
Above black thread is embroidered on white tulle.....

and reversing the design, white thread embroidered on 
a dark striped fabric on this second card.
Butterfly embroidered on tulle flying over a magazine garden.
A lot of driving around in the rain this morning and 
at the same time enjoying the colors ........
 Eventually pulling into the Palisades Field House to vote 
and then leaving to do more errands.
More embroidery on a notecard...........
here an iris on a hand painted silk fabric. 
 Gold thread zinnias on a darker blue cotton. 
Difficult combination kind of swallows the embroidery.
Finally at home and the view from my office.....
We do have  a lot of wires above ground in the District. 
I could PhotoShop them out but then it wouldn't be the view I have.
 A red embroidered bird stands by itself on a striped paper.
 A special card with an embroidered view of the winged lion 
of Saint Mark's on its blue background, flanked by columns.
To be seen guarding many important places in Venice. 

This is the  end of a rainy day, colored leaves, and 
the notecards created for the past month.
This foreign money is a preview of upcoming projects
Keep posted.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Fictional Fantasy from beginnings to end.

It has been a while since I have added to my blog.
This, below, is one reason why.

Looking at these two fabrics, I thought they ought to blend into 
? something?
And, might make a different background for some embroidery.
 At the same time I had been looking at three fabrics I liked and 
wanted to use but didn't want to cut them up.
 So after staring at these printed materials for a while (I am slow) 
I thought, instead of cutting them up I would take some of their
designs and reinterpret them into embroidered images to use someway?
 Actually this was a lot of fun.....designs were interesting 
to recreate into various colors and change sizes at the same time.
So I made a lot of these separate embroideries not knowing 
where they were to go or if they would fit into anything.
 I kept making them, just enjoying the process.
 Thinking I was wasting a lot of time and effort I began 
to lay them out on some designs on paper, 
trying to find some way to connect them.
 I spent time looking at each of them on that fabric 
I wanted to use as a background.
 Thinking of some way to connect these images
 that did not seem to connect I started drawing several ideas on paper.
Finally ended up with a tree or vine or scroll shape. 
 Not wanting to take away from those muted colors  
I chose a grayed green to kind of blend into the background.
 Trying that bird, that sort of stood out, on the background 
I wanted to see how it looked on those leaves.....not good.
 Started laying out these embroideries to make some kind 
of sense on the double background I did many rearrangements.
I eliminated quite a few of the embroideries 
that did not fit either for their color or too much of the same thing.
 Over several weeks of rearranging I finally decided this was a fantasy.
 To me, fantasies seem to have no connection with reality and this surely didn't.
I was not looking for a correct composition. Why Not?
At this point I had not sewn down the scroll or any of the images, 
just kept playing with them but finally decided I had to stop. I was
never going to get to the perfect arrangement, so just started to sew. 
Below is the final in a picture I took. 
I am now ready to have my photographer take some photos of this 
Fictional Fantasy.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Heavenly Bodies at the Cloisters, continued......

Continuing with the Heavenly Bodies:  
Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibit 
that began in the Metropolitan Museum, 
these images were taken at the Cloisters. 
We traveled on the Subway to the last stop
on the A line at the north tip of Manhattan. 

The modern pieces with monastic influence 
were displayed at the Met Cloisters.
 This part of the exhibit was much less crowded 
but just as unusual and interesting, 
yet in a totally different atmosphere.
 I am sorry again that I did not write down the names 
of the contemporary designers who contributed so much to this show.
Again trying to find the references for the modern designers, 
there were several draped gowns, some very simple 
and other extremely seamed with unusual lines. 

The glass cases reflected exterior lights. 
 In one of the courtyards were these two capes high above our heads.

 This easy reference for the model is on the far wall. 
I could not stand back far enough to catch the whole body.

 A view of front and back of this heavy sparkling coat dress.
 Some of us who have done a lot of sewing were fascinated 
with the hook and eye closures in place of seams on this black dress
 A lovely silk wedding dress
 And another, quite different in an adjoining room.
Both were delicate and simple in design. 
 Another draped gown with a jeweled sword piercing 
the embroidered heart that flows into blood red silk.
 A dress covered with wheat designs.
 The next room seemed to be dedicated to Hieronymus Bosch.
 As so many of the designs were taken from Bosch's  works.....
 Either The Garden of Good and Evil or 
The Garden of Earthly Delights.
Each outfit had shoes and leggings matching the gowns 
 To end this visit to the Cloisters was this mass of irises 
and one of the garden courtyards.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Heavenly Bodies at the Metropolitan Museum, NY

My trip to NY as always was full of art in the several museums we visited.
The exhibit HEAVENLY BODIES: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
was so large and so beautiful plus,
shown in 3 places, it took up much of our time in NY.
This exhibit features the work of designers whose imaginations 
were shaped and developed from their Catholic backgrounds. 
I tried to catch the reference of the fashion in these 
Medieval art galleries and occasionally did.
 The designers imaginations seemed to have been influenced 
by religious artworks in the Met collections as well as 
fashions in the 20th and 21st centuries.
 We were viewing this show on the first public day 
it was open so you know how very crowded it was.
There was so much that was beautiful but because 
of the crowds, I and the camera missed a lot.
Above a wedding gown with wings.
 I took many pictures and read a lot about each work but did 
not write anything down so it is hard to remember each designer.
And high above our heads there was so much. 
I was sorry I cut off her head as 
that head piece was halo-like, glittery and beautiful
 There is no way for the camera to pick up the glitter, 
precious stones, gold embroidery, and sparkle everywhere.
 These fashions were high above our heads and 
lined up in several hallways in 
the Byzantine and medieval galleries.
 All glitter and embroidery.
 Seeing one hallway from the model's backs.
 Alexander McQueen in the 70's used paper for this outfit
 His winged outfit from the back. Note the bell bottoms.
 Some of the fashions were wearable
yet easy to see the influence.
 Another outstanding wedding dress.
 From the back you can see this pieces was entirely gold embroidery.
Sometimes my images were blurred and 
I have had to cut out a lot of what I took so no front of this, sorry.
 Another winged wedding dress. 
Many of these head pieces were gold and 
like jewels or jewelry and always sparkling.
 Dior with rose taffeta-like satin, probably silk.
Dior had a similar one in red silk velvet at the Cloisters.
So many trains, too. 
 Gold and more jewel-like glitter and embroidery?
 I don't have enough superlatives.
These crowns held sculptural scenes in gold.
 A leather jacket we all would wear with gorgeous beaded embroidery
 I did not date everything but some were suggestive 
of the hippy years, 60's and 70's.
 As I left the upstairs galleries I had to add this connection.
 Downstairs in the Anna Winter Costume center I was blown away 
by 4 garments is glass cases. 
They appear to be painted but reading the information 
it said all were embroidered. I believed the gold border was, 
but the center section I knew was painted. 
So getting out my glasses and kneeling down in front 
of the case so I was about 4 inches away 
I could see satin stitched silk thread....incredible.
So I took a quick picture, planning to take all 
four of these as we were allowed to take pictures of anything. 
Quickly a guard stopped me after these two.
These pieces were from a private collection and no photos allowed.
So I stopped there as that was a days viewing and so much to absorb.
The next day we went to the Cloisters to see 
the continuation of this exhibit.
I will add those pictures on my next blog. 
To be continued.......