Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday

thought ful  adj. 1. engrossed in thought; contemplative. 2. exhibiting or marked by careful thought.
3. having or showing heed for the happiness of others and a propensity for anticipating their needs or wishes.
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I figured it was time to show off my gifts that my daughter brought home from her trip to Africa.
I wasn't sure she would have time to shop or would even find anything to buy since she was going on safari and camping most of the time.
Fortunately for me, she had time and she was thoughtful enough to bring home all the things that I love!
Here's a piece of batiked fabric that I fully intend to frame. It's a work of art.

This piece still had quite a bit of waxy residue left on it when she brought it home. I ironed it between 2 sheets of brown paper to remove it. The colors are so intense, I just LOVE it!











There's even the artist's name at the bottom. Very hard to tell what letters they are but I believe the first letter is 'J'. If you can figure it out, let me know.
This piece is approx. 8 x 20.





This next piece is also wonderful!
It is much bigger than it appears here. I had a hard time getting a photo of it. This one is not dyed using the batik method. It is painted and stamped and/or monoprinted. Although the way the white paint is applied makes it appear like batik in that it has some crackling in the white paint, showing the dark gray/black beneath. Pretty cool!

This piece is approx. 20 in wide by about 4 ft long. I think with this piece I will edge it in a coordinating fabric, add some batting and backing, then lightly quilt it and make it a wall hanging.












Here's a close -up of the center elephant.
You can see the crackling in the white paint.























Obviously, my daughter knows my obsession with fabrics. Especially hand dyed and painted.
She also knows I love masks. So here's the one she brought us home. (I say us, because my hubby felt a little left out, so we told him the mask was his present too)
Love the elephants!


























And here's a carved wallhanging.
All sorts of animals carved in and around one another.
























Here's a carved soapstone elephant. Did I mention my daughter has an obsession with elephants?



















And last but not least is a little carved wooden goddess. She was a present from the monkeys! Seriously,
my daughter didn't buy this one. The monkeys that roam around freely are always taking personal belongings from campers, as well as giving them items they  pilfer from others. My daughter has no idea who the monkeys took this from, but the goddess was obviously chosen by the monkeys for my daughter to bring home. So here she is.










Some very thoughtful presents indeed!

Love them all so much. I hung up the mask and wallhanging the day she got home. The elephant is
sitting on a little shelf beneath a Haitian painting of animals. And little miss goddess, given to us by the monkeys is on a table where I can see her all the time.
She makes me laugh, thinking about the monkeys roaming around and playing games with the tourist's
belongings.



Enjoy your Thursday!
cathy

2 comments:

Lucy Minetree Wallace said...

Love all the fabrics she brought you but I especially love the mask, the carving and the Goddess. the Goddess reminds me of something out of one of Jean Auel's books!!!

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks Lucy! I love them all. I also realized I forgot to photograph the blue delft piece she bought me in the Amsterdam airport.