Ceramic work and stitch fusion

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detail of “Mare” 2017

With this series, I aimed to explore how ceramics could be adorned by embroidery. When I went to the local ceramic studio that is open to the public, I had no other concept in mind than to create something that I could possibly stitch on later…

While the clay was processed through the compactor, it lay between damp cloth. Immediately, I noticed that there was an interesting imprint of the cloth on the clay. It looked as if the clay was a thick piece of cloth itself! I then decided to not further process the clay but to simply cut it in small squares and to prick random holes in them that were large enough for a common embroidery needle. I then had these “tiles” put in the kiln.

A few days later, I picked up my now fired tiles and brought them home. I sorted some out and arranged them on my studio table. They looked like ceramic “inchies”! That’s why I decided to arrange them in fours and paint them and decorate them in an “inchy-ish” way.

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painting the ceramic tiles with acrylics

To have a neutral background, I cut out some felt squares. I then stitched the tiles on the black felt and further adorned them with beads.

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one finished tile, adorned with bullion stitch and glass beads

I then arranged the tiles in groups of four and sew them on cloth and put the finished pieces on canvas or directly sew them on painted canvas. The painting of the canvas and the fabric manipulation of the background fabric contribute a lot to the finished pieces!

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“Basalt” (2018), on painted canvas
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“Mare” (2018), on manipulated fabric on canvas

Looking at my creations, I wondered if anybody would buy my works… I thought, I could maybe add a functional bonus so that the works could be viewed as well as used! Thus, I made some of the final pieces into key/jewelry holders. 🙂

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“Volcano” (2017)
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“Mare” (2017)
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“Rustic” (2018)
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“Sunkissed” (2018)
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“Chili” (2018)
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“Rose” (2018)

 

Rust meets textiles

Pentecost this year was very creative for me!

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:

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Rusted 1 (2018)
  • wallpaper and vintage lace on mdf board
  • oxidated silver, copper and iron
  • 15 x 15 cm
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Rusted 4 (2018)
  • vintage lace on mdf board
  • oxidated iron, copper
  • hand embroidery
  • 15 x 15 cm
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Rusted 3 (2018)
  • pressed dried physalis petals and cloth stripes on mdf board
  • acrylic paint, oxidated copper, graphite
  • hand embroidery
  • 15 x 15 cm
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Rusted 2 (2018)
  • vintage lace and synthetic gauze on mdf board
  • oxidated capper and silver, acrylic ink and acrylic paint
  • linocut stamp
  • freestyle goldwork
  • 15 x 15 cm

 

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Rusted 5 (2018)
  • background mdf-board: Chinese paper and acrylic paint
  • foreground mdf-board: oxidated iron, acrylic paint and seed pod
  • 20 x 20 cm

edit July 2018: I was thrilled to learn that Rusted 2 won second prize in the “All Waterscape” competition of the CAGO (Contemporary Art Gallery Online) within the cathegorie “mixed media”! 🙂

Upcycled

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.

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Traces of thought (2017)

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!

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Map of passions (2017)

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. 😉

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Proof of waste (2017)

“Proof of waste” entirely made of thread and clothing labels. Some plastic waste and glass beads added for adornment.

 

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Evidende of injuries (2017)

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.

 

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Cycle of life (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).

 

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Rhythm of days (2018)

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.

Worn series

Worn – a series of surrealistic needle paintings on worn denim.


 

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What defines purity? 2017

Is a woman’s sexuality pure at birth?

Does life impure a woman?

Does desire impure her?

Does lust?

What about the purity of emotion?

About the purity of lust?

Is pure temptation impure?

Is pure lust impure?

– What defines purity?!?


 

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Eye of the tiger 2017

guardian, protector, paladin

seeker, explorer, investigator

deceiver, beguiler, impostor

– The eye of the tiger


 

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All quiet now 2017

Fall has come

Leaves have dried

Lips are sealed

Life has fallen

– All quiet now


 

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En balance

juggling fragility and strength

taking hold of time

– en balance


 

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Your heart in my pocket 2017

Do we belong to someone?

Does someone hold our love?

Is that might?

Is that abuse?

Are we prisoners?

Are we free?

– Your heart in my pocket