Posts Tagged ‘leather’

Browsing With Pinterest

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Every day Pinterest sends images of things it thinks I might like.  Because I can so easily become totally absorbed and lose hours happily wandering through images, following links one after the other, I rarely take time to browse.  It’s worse than Facebook.  So I clicked on a page of enticing images headed ‘stitch’, and found myself looking at a page of pics on which was one work I knew I’d seen before, by Cordula Kagemann and as it turned out, had saved in my own board Lines and Shapes, though I’d never gone to her website.  What magnificent work, collaging with cut paper and some fabric. Textile friends in Australia, note that she will be teaching there in October of this year.  Her cutout paper overlays feature various shaped holes and overlocking rings – my mind asked could you call this paper ‘lace’?

Holes and lace have been part of my inspiration for some time: http://www.alisonschwabe.com/weblog/?p=2620  http://www.alisonschwabe.com/weblog/?p=2620  and I still have this little leather sample on my board after about 10 years  – suede bonded onto unbleached calico/muslin, and to me this is definitely all about the holes… and I’m still thinking about it.

 

Snippets and samples of holes in leather and fabric … ? lace

The surface design snippet below is part of a 12|”x12″ quilt first bought in a SAQA Benefit Auction some years back, of gold leather triangles with holes punched from it sewn to a black background with gold machine stitching forming the grid. This week it was auctioned among a collector’s pieces which were donated to the organisation to benefit SAQA a second time, and I am thrilled to hear an Australian collector it.  I never gave it a title, but with hindsight perhaps I could have called it Black Holes on Gold Triangles …

A question I’ve had in mind before is this – what is the most important part of ‘lace’ – is it the holes, or whatever it is that surrounds the holes?

Segmented Designs

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Three years ago in the Denver Botanic Gardens I took this pic of this lovely path in one part of the garden, printed it out and have had it up on my pinboard on and off for ages, feeling I had ‘to do something’ about it.

mosaic path DBG blog

Mosaic style pathway, Denver Botanic Gardens.

More recently I’ve discovered fabulous installation hangings by Christine Mauersperger whose simple stitch designs I’ve always loved, and buzzing around somewhere in the depths for several years has been some of the work by Olga de Amaral one of whose beautiful hangings stopped me in my tracks in the foyer of the Hotel Santa Clara, Cartagena, Colombia.

On the weekend I found some bits of metallic finished leather that were surplus to several pieces I made in the Tracks series.  Well, I ‘found’ them when the biodegraded bag they were in fell to bits in my hands and they cascaded to the floor.  In the Tracks quilts, leather pieces were laboriously hand stitched from behind to the base fabric, which was then quilted.  It was hard on the hands and won’t do anything more that way.  For some reason just then a lightbulb came on – leather snipped into bits and machined onto base fabric could make a mosaic-like surface.   Heartened by a quick sample, I realised it would make a good 12″ square piece for the SAQA Auction – so here it is completed.  Two layers of fabric were torn to size and bonded together with fusing web; then the machine applique using gold metallic thread was also in effect the quilting (through two layers of fabric)  The leather pieces stopped at the rough edge – no binding or other finish was necessary or imho appropriate.

Mosaic quilt blog

12″ quilt for SAQA Online Auction September 2016.       Full view left, detail right.

While working on that I had other ideas, and today fiddled a bit with slivers of mylar-backed ripstop nylon- left side of this pic –

Mosaic samples blog

Samples – mylar/nylon left,   metallic leather right

I bought several metres of this mylar/nylon, about 150cm wide, @$2/m, in the cheapo fabric zone of Santiago de Chile, several years ago, mainly because I can’t resist glitter and would have bought gold, too, if they’d had it, and also I guess because it was a cheap challenge.  The piece I have in mind will make a slight dent in it, and I could also use the mylar as a base fabric…goodness, I’ll have that stuff used up in no time!

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