Archive for the ‘punched leather’ Category

Meandering With Leather and Stitch …

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Using the barge cement I brought back from the USA with me I have found the hold of the leather onto the fabric is just so much better – I still may do a few holding stitches in some places but the hold is good – thanks Katy K for that tip. Checking one of the other glues I already have here I discovered I had not been applying it properly – like rubber cement you need to apply it to each surface, wait a little, and press the surfaces together. Katy then recommended laying into it with a rubber mallet, and so that’s what I have been doing – it works. Barge cement at least is supposed to strengthen with a little more time, and I am assured it will remain supple, so rolling it or further working it should not be difficult because of the glue hardening.
OK – so now, here are the beginnings of a new piece I am now working on, and the first of several more things I have in mind to be inspired by some work I did about 20 years ago – see “Sleepless in Perth WA” blogged in april this year, see archive for that month. I am still in love with this metallic gold leather, of which the leather man had a bit more on his stall last sunday. The background fabric looks black – I really tried with the fill lighting but what worked on the one seemed to effect to other at the same time – the pics were taken at different times of the day, different lighting etc, so this is the best I could do – but its a really nice medium grey with just a touch of greenish hue, rather like hail-laden clouds about to burst. As for a name for this 1.5m x 075m wall quilt, I have no idea, but something will come to mind while I am making it. The blocks, seen more clearly as outlined with gold machine quilting, are about 10cm sq.

On the quiltart list a week or so back someone asked how to deal with older work – she was clearing up her cupboards and work area, finding lots of much older work some of which she’d forgotten about, and taking inventory, all that. I think she has now been persuaded that her current collectors would be a bit upset if she sold stuff off cheaply just because it is old. Cutting up and recycling bits into new works, rather like an artist sometimes paints over an old canvas, never seems to be an option to m, but I do know some who have done it. I also think it is a good idea to go back and revisit your work occasionally – and pieces look quite different in the flesh than on slides. I certainly have a slide record of my first solo exhibition in 1987. All the pieces were carefully photographed against a blonde brick wall!!! which I now know to be a total no-no, but I had little idea then other than I needed to keep a record of what I had done. However, the sharp details and excellent colour are superb – the photographer’s day job out in that isoloated Western Australian country/mining town was staff photographer for the largest mining company out there – no doubt his work was excellent for company records, reports and promotional material – he’d just never done any textile/needlework pics before. I still have several of the stitched works exhibited at that time, and they occasionally they see the light of day. For various reasons, it often rather surprises me to see what I did back then.

Posted by Picasa

A Fresh Look at Last Year’s Samples…

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Over the past few days I have been updating and editing the longer version of my artist statement to include with a submission for an exhibition. To do this occasionally really does help refine my ideas, and gives me both inspiration and direction to go forward. It also prompted me to go back into the box and pull out some results of experiments, aka samples, I did when playing with leather about a year back. I haven’t used any of these ideas yet, but bringing them out into the light of day after months in the box I can see them with fresh eyes and find them newly inspiring. This is why I never throw samples away.

I can already envisage something quite large using the idea in the upper left one.

The lower left one of gold, although the process is time consuming, is demanding to be used in something, I think a relatively small piece, since it has some delicacy to do with laciness.

Posted by Picasa

New Work in Progress

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Currently my quiltmaking continues exploration of the ground between traditional quiltmaking and my interest in lace and leather. Readers who have been following this leather thing since I began samplising over a year ago will have also seen various old lace samples I have put up at intervals over the period of the blog, and some intriguing pieces of handmade lace from various sources but especially my trip to Paraguay about a year back. Lace has two aspects – the textile stuff and the holes between the bits of thread, and I realise I have been very interested in the ‘holes’ bit for years – I have a lovely pair of silver earings, very modern with holes punched out, and a more recent gold pair of round-ish organic shapes, slightly concave, with holes of various sizes randomly punched out: all these things plus the challenges of a piece of leather set me off on a track where I recognise leather can look lacey. Laciness lightens up a solid shape….and lighter solid shapes can appear to float.

So now these roughly triangular shapes have been glued down, I will be doing a lot of hand sewing behind the scenes today, and may even get to the quilting stage. It is about 1m square, so not too overwhelming.

I haven’t yet decided whether it is to be hand quilting or machine, but I am already planning the next quilt in this series. I want to make it very big with lots of little pieces on it … mad or brave… but it’s there and has to be done.

My client J has accepted my suggestions of colours, (blogged a few weeks back) selected the design and paid her deposit, so that will also be under way very soon.

Thinking Within The 12" Square

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Yesterday I sent this off up to the US as my contribution to the auction at the SAQA conference auction this coming may. The size needs to be 12″ square, and although I love working on square grids, working within one square itself is something else; I didn’t find it easy. I am looking forward to seeing heaps of these small pieces in the auction. I myself don’t feel really comfortable working so small, and am not planning a series of these….

Technical note: Despite appearance in the photo, this is a 12″ square. I am well known to be a last minute wonder, and so, in this case while DH went through the lining up and checking in procedure at the airport yesterday afternoon, I sat out in the A-C vehicle completing the addition of the sleeve, signing, and photographing the quilt before turing it over to him to mail to the organisers while he is up in the US over the coming week. Piece of cake!

In retrospect I should have laid it out on the ground against it’s muslin background to get a flat, square, image, but of course, in haste the best ideas don’t always come up in time…. I do wish procrastination wasn’t my middle name. On the other hand, since the deadline for these works is May 1st – I am running way ahead of time – and sending it up north with him saves the huge bucks Fedex would accept in return for making sure it did get there – the post here is not always 100% reliable, going either way.

Posted by Picasa

Decay perhaps

Friday, November 24th, 2006

This is a section, a little less than life-size, of a small quilt I made this year experimenting with leather cut-outs. It was recently displayed at a small local craft fair where there was considerable positive feed back – enough to encourage me to consider making a larger one or taking this idea further.

There are holes punched from the leather, and what looks like little bits of leather is stitchery in the same colour on the black. One comment was that it looked like the squares were rusting and disintegrating. Exactly what I had in mind , so, with some amount of time on my hands just now, that will be an avenue to explore further. Posted by Picasa

Translate »