Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"Do not be afraid to go out on a limb. That is where the fruit is." anonymous

Quick update on my 2nd piece in the 'tree' series. I posted this photo above in a previous post when this was in the early stages. I have since added a little more ink, fused some sheer fabrics that were stamped with alcohol ink, and fused some netting. Then I added some batik borders and have started to free motion quilt my trees.

This particular photo shows me stitching the sky.


The trees with the first phase of stitching with some weeds & grasses stitched as well.



A closer view and you can see the stamped words on the sheer fabric that has become a tree trunk.

Several spools of thread later and I'm almost done with the trees. Just need some darker and lighter accent
stitching. I have decided to leave them bare of leaves--or naked if you prefer. I kind of like the sculptural quality of naked trees in late fall.

I am also working on a felted piece that will be embroidered and beaded then added to a painted/collaged canvas. Will show photos later.

Right now I'm waiting on some setacolor paints to dry. I spent a couple hours today doing some sun printing on silk, using setacolor paints. I've got my fingers crossed that the huge piece I painted will turn out pretty good. I'm hoping to use it as a whole cloth quilt. We'll see.....

Will keep you posted. Until then...live your life creatively~
cathy

9 comments:

Terri Kahrs said...

How interesting to "see the process", Cathy!!! Your work is growing (pardon the pun) by leaps and bounds. Fabulous!!! Hope you're enjoying the summer! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Kathy said...

This is so lovely, Cathy, and I'm really looking forward to seeing teh other pieces you mentioned, especially the quilt!

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Janine said...

This is amazing. How wonderful your fabric- artwork is.
WOW
Have a great weekend
Janine

cat said...

This is an awesome piece Cathy!
I tried free motion stitching once a long time ago and it takes some practice.

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

This forest is simply magical...so many layers and textures ...the words added bring the viewer closer to examine the messages...Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks Mary Helen! I'm hoping to finish this piece soon.

Denise said...

This is just amazing... you are so talented...