Most of my work comes easily, my inspiration comes from the beauty I find in the world. But ever so often comes along an idea that stirs up difficult emotions. I find it very challenging to represent these emotions or experiences.
This happens to be one of those difficult pieces, not difficult to create, but difficult to express. My inspiration first came from Frida Kahlo's work and her expressions of the pain, both physically and emotionally, that she had to deal with her entire life. Honestly, I think this is something we can all relate to. Most of us are in poor health and ignore the symptoms. We deal with constant stress mentally and physically. We don't even know what it is to feel alive and in good health, unless we have reached the point where we feel significantly better. This is what happened to me, I had that aha moment, and since then I have been striving to keep myself in good health.
I knew exactly how I wanted to make the dress for this piece, but then I struggled with the background. My first idea I tossed, then started on another, one that I put a bit more of myself into. I felt less restricted, stitching in an intuitive fashion, cutting here and there and adding where I see fit. I am quite pleased with the result. This work of art speaks to me, and I hope to you in some way.
I am looking forward to an exciting year of showcasing my work at fairs this year. I am just waiting to hear back from a couple of events, then I should have a complete list that I will post here! I will be kicking off the year with Motherfest, a fundraiser for Earthfest. It will be at Paradigm Coffee and Music, Sunday, May 10th from 3 to 10 p.m. With the help of Somerset Studio's artist papers from my magazines, I put together some really sweet packaging for my pendants and charms. Here is a preview of part of my booth display for this years events!
This month I am offering this sweet little diorama as a "Pay What You Wish" opportunity. It is difficult for me to put a price on something I make, so much of my time and care goes into each piece. This allows anyone, no matter what their budget is, to purchase an original work of art. I believe that people are generous and like to support artists and craftspeople when given the opportunity.
I would like to provide a work of art to the person who could benefit from it the most. This small box features a hand embroidered dress on 80 to 100 year old antique heirloom linen. I construct the little box, then add layers of paper and recycled tea bag paper to cover it. I then paint it using acrylic paint and seal it in a matte medium. It measures approximately 3" by 3 1/2" by 1 3/4". This took approximately 4 hours to make. I have another box, similar to this one, available for $50 here.
Here is how it works: -Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . Tell me why you want it or what you like about it.
-What price you would like to pay for it. I am requiring a minimum of $5 for U.S. customers, and $9 for international customers to cover fees and shipping cost. Please keep this in mind when determining the price.
-Please respond by Sunday March, 15th.
If more than one person is interested in this work of art I will choose based on who I think will benefit from it the most, not the price you will pay.
Please share with anyone you think might be interested!
A monthly update, dedicated to to showing you my process, sneak peeks inside my studio, and previews of works in progress turned into finished products.
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I've made these little boxes in the past, you may remember this one, or this one. I wanted to put a new spin on an old idea. Rather than using paper and paint, I cut out small pieces of heirloom fabric to create these little dresses, then embroidered each one with a unique design. They are the feature of my dioramas and will hang from a delicate bit of thread. These are a smaller version of the larger ones I am planning to create. With help from my husband, I would like to construct a few wood boxes that would be the frame for the dioramas. I will have one of these small boxes available as a "Pay What You Wish" opportunity, details soon.
As you can see, I am dreaming of spring. The below freezing temperatures are starting to get to me. Maybe this way I can bring a little warmth inside. The other day I pulled out a small canvas and created a very simple still life. I enjoyed the process of creating texture on this simple painting. It reminds me of the cold sunny days, when the almost blinding sunlight shines into our home, providing some warmth.