Thursday, January 31, 2019

Art Elements January Moon Challenge Reveal

It's that time of the month again-Art Elements theme reveal. It was Lindsay's turn to choose the theme and she chose the moon. I was so thrilled! I love depicting the moon in creative projects and have used it as inspiration for many past fiber art pieces.
This time around I had soooo many ideas I was torn as to which ones to try and accomplish. Plus I also created a rather long list at the beginning of the year of various projects I wanted to make during the course of 2019.
This is a photo I took about 8 years ago when I lived in Illinois. The moon was FABULOUS. Plus I played around with it in photoshop and added some texture layers .
Some of my moon pieces were accomplished, some are in the process and I have realized that my year-long list is just a tad too grandiose and overhwhelming. So I reworked my to-do list and worked on my moon pieces while trying to overhaul my studio.
First moon piece was something I had been thinking about for a while. I do a lot of rust dyeing and eco-printing on fabric so I can have a supply for random projects. Rust dyed fabric was the perfect thing for a moon. So I rummaged through my bin of rusty linen and found the perfect piece.
Rust dyed fabric cut in circle and fused to solid black cotton.

Then I started stitching trees onto the fabric to be in the foreground of the moon.




I love how this turned out! I stitched some dark gray over the black threads along the branches so the moon appears to glow between branches. I stitched a random 'ground' below the trees and added some french knots for start. It is mounted on a 12x12 canvas and framed.
The above moon cabochon is from fellow AE team member Caroline. Perfect for this theme. I had almost forgotten that I had it. I beaded around it and it hangs off a brass metal tube.
    I added the same seed beads I used in the bezel to create the necklace along with some coin or moon shaped freshwater pearls.
The next piece is a cabochon I got from Jenny, another fellow team member. I actually beaded the cabochon sometime last year and never created a necklace for the cab, so I decided I just had to make a necklace to finish off this lovely lunar hare.
Beaded lunar hare cabochon hanging from silver metal tube.
Full necklace created with amazonite beads and silk cord from another team member's Etsy shop-MarshaNealStudio
My final (completed) moon piece is part of my 2019 year-long series that I have planned for the year. I am creating a 'spirit doll' each month. I am going to attempt to blend our monthly theme with each doll. I want them to have some beading, maybe some stitching and lots of character and possibly relate the spirit doll to a particular mythological goddess.
In honor of this month's full/wolf moon my spirit doll is loosely based on Artemis, daughter of Zeus & Leto. Artemis was a shapeshifter who morphs into a wolf. Artemis is also a moon goddess. I also thought of calling her Lupa which means she-wolf in latin. In Roman mythology Lupa was a she-wolf who nursed Romulus & Remus. There is a bronze statue in the Piazza dei Conservatori in Capitoline Hill in Rome (I failed to photograph that statue while I was there last October). The she-wolf suckling the twins has been a symbol of Rome since ancient times.
The fabric on the left is a piece of black fabric that I found in my stash of discharged fabrics. This particular piece was created by laying an old crocheted doily over black fabric and spraying with Tilex (yep the cleaner with bleach) let is sit a few minutes and then pull the doily off and rinse the fabric well in vinegar water then plain water. The wolf cabochon is from Laura Mears Designs and the carved wood crescent moon is from cabcabana on Etsy.
I beaded around the wolf and the moon cabochon separately. Then I stitched the beaded wolf onto the fabric that I cut out in my goddess shape.
Here is my January 'spirit doll', Artemis-shapeshifter and moon goddess.
She has extra long wool locks for hair and a white fur hooded wrap. She has captured the moon above her head.

Full view of the wolf moon goddess

I left a portion of her body unstitched on the bottom. I think I am going to insert a wooden pole/stick and mount it on a wooden base. Unless I can find a decent shadow box to house her in.
close-up of her body using the discharged fabric

 The white fur wrap is a rabbit pelt that I bought at the Cherokee Indian Reservation at the western NC/eastern TN border about 24-25 years ago. I have been waiting for just the right project ;-)
I didn't use the whole pelt so this white fur may show up on another spirit doll later in the year.
Her backside. Long wool locks hanging out from beneath her fur wrap.


 I had so much fun with these projects this month. Thank you to Lindsay for choosing such a perfect theme to start the new year! I am anxiously awaiting the reveal so I can see everyone's creations.
Here is the list of guests and AE member participants-

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40 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh - I love everything you created. I especially like the rusty cloth with the trees stitched on it - that made me catch my breath when I saw it.
    I love your spirit doll - it is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much! I had fun with all of the pieces but am especially fond of the full moon with the trees!

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  2. I am completely blown away with your creativity Cathy! I need to spend more time with you to absorb some of this energy you have! Everything is fantastic!

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    1. Thank you Sue! Come visit and get away from the cold;-)

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  3. Beautiful pieces all around, but the moon and tree scene is speaking to me the most. I found myself scrolling back to it more than once.

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    1. Thank you Cat! That is definitely my favorite also. It photographs well too;-)

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  4. That stitched moon had me gasping. I love everything about it.
    And your goddess - just wow. First, I had no idea tilex would do that. Interesting...
    But the finished piece belongs in a museum for everyone to see - I guess putting it here on the internet works too though! ;) Amazing work!!

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    1. Thank yo so much!! My goddess looks much better in person. Once I photographed her I realized she kind of looks like a wolf in drag-hehe. But she was really fun to create.

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  6. I'm a big fan of rusty fabric, I love the touch of embroidery on the moon. All your pieces are lovely.

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    1. Thank you so much! I really love rusty fabrics also.

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  7. You know, seeing all the different pieces you created for this months challenge - they all have your unique style! All the tiny details that create such depth and complexity! The rust died fabric, the combination of shapes and colors in your bead work, and last but not least I can't even start to list the special details with your doll! Just wow!

    I can't wait to see how this project will go on through this year! :)

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    1. Claire, Your're so kind! I sometimes wonder whether i actually have 'a style' that is uniquely mine. Since I do so many different things I worry that I am not always cohesive. Thank you so much!!

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  8. I was so entranced by the final project, I almost forgot there were others. You are one kickass amazing artist. I love everything. The rust dyed moon with the trees silhouetted is my favorite. But that spirit doll is crazy amazing.

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    1. Thank you Jen! I am lvogin the theme challenges. It is pushing me to gset stuff done.

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  9. I'm glad you were so inspired! All of the jewelry is gorgeous, but I'm particularly entranced by the embroidery and spirit. There is so much...mood?...in each of them!

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    1. Thank you Lindsay!! I was channeling my inner goddess while making the spirit doll.

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  10. You've done brilliantly this month, Cathy! I love all your projects, and the spirit doll concept most of all. You've made an awesome start on it, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  11. Wow! You were super inspired and productive this month. I'm so mesmerized by that first piece with the rust dyed moon and stitching, but each of your projects is unique and wonderful.

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    1. Thank you so much Sarajo! I am pretty fond of that embroidery piece also.

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  12. Cathy, I was hoping you I would see your Wolf Spirit Doll in all her splendor! I can't wait for 'la suite'. How tall is she, or did I miss that somewhere? Everyone probably says the same thing, but a few years ago, I seriously thought about making dolls. You can use many artistic mediums, as you've shown us here. But I started working a real job instead!! Oh, thx for the Tilex tip! Alysen

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    1. Thank you Alysen! She stands about 14" tall. I may put her on a stick and insert it into a base to display her. That will probably adad a few inches to her height.

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  13. I love coming to your blog Cathy, it's always a treat to see your amazing work and this month is a stunner. Love your embroidery, your jewellery, but most of all your doll, she's gorgeous! I can't wait to see more of them through the year.

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    1. Thank you so much Caroline!! I could say the same thing about visiting your blog. Your work is always phenomenal!

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  14. You were very inspired and productive in this challenge! I loved scrolling through your post being delighted by each item you made. The jewelry is stunning. But I was most excited by your embroidery piece. I am an avid cross-stitcher and your rusty fabric made my heart skip a beat. The trees are a beautiful addition.

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah! The embroidery piece seems to be a favorite of everyone.

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  15. Your necklaces are great but I truly love the embroidery. It is quite poetic. Waiting to see all your 12 dolls that you plan to make this year

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    1. Thank you Divya! I hope I am able to create all the dolls I have ideas for.

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  16. Wowza! The needle work on the rusty moon is ethereal and beautiful. The necklaces are lovely settings for the cabs. But that doll. Oh my goodness. I am looking forward to seeing the next installments in the series.

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    1. Thank you so much Tammy! I am looking forward to starting on the next doll.

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  17. The work on that fabric is brilliant - the glow of the Moon is so realistic! And I love both necklaces - I want to learn how to bezel cabs, because I find this technique really impressive. But the Wolf Goddess blew me away - so majestic and tribal!

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    1. Thank you Rozantia! I highly suggest learning how to do peyote stitched bezels. I was intimidated by it for years. But once you do a couple, you will be sol glad you learned. It really isn't hard.

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  18. Such amazing pieces, I love every one. Your rust moon is just perfect and your moon spirit cool is magical!

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    1. Thank you Niky! I am already palnning this month's themed doll and a few other pieces.

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  19. All truly amazing and gorgeous pieces - WOW!

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