Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Road Trip

Believe it or not, I have four new pieces I've made over the last year.  I have been reluctant to show them publicly in case I decide to enter Quilt National this year.  It's a very frustrating problem for me, because this blog has always been about the work I create, which is part of the reason I haven't been blogging much.  I finally decide to let this piece out of the bag, because I wanted to use it for the SAQA Portfolio 21 book.

It's called Road Trip and measures 46w x 70h.  It's my interpretation of full body angiogram images. Paula and I continue to get some wonderful images from people who have seen our work and want to help us out.  I recently received some images of an aortic valve replacement that I've started working on.  I know most of you don't share our excitement about these images, but to us they are golden.

Another thing I'm not going to share is the rejects I've had lately.  I've spent a lot of time on a couple of  pieces that just aren't working.  I usually make small mock-ups of an idea before I commit to it, but sometimes those smaller versions don't translate well to a larger piece.  It's taken me a lot of analysis to figure out why they aren't what I want to portray, and unfortunately I didn't give up on them before investing a lot of wasted time. Why do I do that?  I think I'm just hoping I'll like it better if I add this or that to the piece, without realizing it's a bad design to start with. Back to basics. Simple lines, minimal color, my voice. Sometimes that's a long process.

When I need a break, a mind shifting, I turn to the encaustics. I have no preconceived notions on

what I want to do with this, so it's very relaxing. I think I have found someone in my area who  has a lot of experience with textiles and encaustic so I'm hoping to take some classes with her.

I'm hoping to get a little rhythm going in creative mind, funny how sometimes it just flows, and other times jerks you around.


Françoise said...

It's very interesting to see (a little bit of) what you're doing. I think your work has really changed direction. The last piece seems promising. I always wonder about the encaustic work. Doesn't the wax tend to "melt" again in your California weather? Just wondering!

Olga Norris said...

It's fascinating how your Road Trip piece acquires moire patterns in the smaller size. Both manifestations look great. Is the stitching by machine or hand?
Great that you have found someone to bounce ideas off on the encaustic/textile front.

Karen said...

I thought the same thing when I first looked at encaustic Françoise, but the melting point is about 180 F, so hopefully it will never be exposed to that kind of heat.

Olga, the background is machine stitched, but the lines are made with jute that I stitched down with four different colored threads. I almost gave myself Carpal Tunnel with this piece.