I was able to attend a 3-days-workshop at the art studio of Arti Lemon (artbylemon.com) about oxidation processes in painting. Arti is a painting artist specialising in rust, ink, marble flour, bitumen and some more techniques.
In Arti’s workshop, I learned how to initiate and moderate oxidation processes for mixed media art pieces. Iron becomes rust, other metal particles become patina. The shading depends on many factors such as temperature, humidity and – of course – the sort of chemical you apply to the metals.
As I am primarily a textile artist, I was experimenting with fusing textiles and rust.
These are my “results” so far:
wallpaper and vintage lace on mdf board
oxidated silver, copper and iron
15 x 15 cm
vintage lace on mdf board
oxidated iron, copper
15 x 15 cm
pressed dried physalis petals and cloth stripes on mdf board
acrylic paint, oxidated copper, graphite
15 x 15 cm
vintage lace and synthetic gauze on mdf board
oxidated capper and silver, acrylic ink and acrylic paint
15 x 15 cm
Rusted 5 (2018)
background mdf-board: Chinese paper and acrylic paint
foreground mdf-board: oxidated iron, acrylic paint and seed pod
Whereas a painter buys (or fabricates) a canvas and creates his piece on it, for a textile artist, the canvas is his piece (or at least a part of his piece). This can well be seen as causally determined as canvas is fabric. –
“Waste not, want not!” is a motto often used within the upcycling community. I am not specifically an “upcyclist”, but as a textile artist, re-using fabric, upcycling fibers and re-modelling cloth comes with the job. Of course I also buy new fabric from time to time. But I also like to manipulate spare fabrics I already have or have been gifted.
So I decided to focus an this upcycling theme and create a new series.
Above is the first piece of this series. It is a “crazy patchwork freestyle quilt” kind of thing, sewn on painted canvas. The background is made of snippets of an older summer dress of mine which I upcycled into a skirt, so there was plenty of spare fabric!
No. 2 of the Upcycled Series is “Map of passions”. It is made of left over fabric of pants that were tailored for a ballett show of my dance class (we performed Cinderella). Dancing is another passion of mine, therefore the title. 😉
“Proof of waste” entirely made of thread and clothing labels. Some plastic waste and glass beads added for adornment.
This is the most elaborate piece of the series. The background is made of left over gauze bandages (some with tea stains), machine sewn together. Then stitching was added. I grouped the stitches and deliberately left some space between them untouched. The gauze symbolizes the body and the stitching cared for injuries on various body parts. The gauze background was then sewn onto a white fabric with “surgical stitches”. The white fabric was sewn and padded and left un-ironed to resemble a used hospital cushion. Finally, I sewed the whole piece on a white canvas.
With “Evidence of injuries”, I was nominated Palm Art Award Nominee 2018.
“Cycle of life” consists of dried leaves my son had collected for me once, silk ribbons and glass beads. This paraphernalia is stitched onto a canvas made of used tea bags, machine sewn together. The stitching style is Sashiko (or Boro if you want).
This is the last piece of the Upcycled Series. When I was working on this piece, I also created a few art cards and art patches or brooches to sell at crafts fairs. I wanted to experiment with using patches in a more “artful” way. 😉
The piece is made of old jeans and an old scarf of mine. The colors of the embellishments are contrasting nicely with the subdued colors of the background. It is a delightful piece I think.
View Points Davos is a series of 4 landscape pictures, framed in embroidery hoops.
They are replicas of pictures I took in my hometown of places (view points) I really like.
On the back, the exact geographic coordinates are indicated.
To the fiber techniques (appliqué and hand stitch), mixed media is added (miniature sculpting and painting). The pieces are adorned with paraphernalia I found in exactly the same places as depicted (dried flowers, stones, lichen etc.).
Here are the four pieces:
One of the pieces (Albertibach) was juried into the yearly contemporary art exhibition Bündner Werkschau at the gallery Kabinett der Visionäre in Chur in 2016.