Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sewing Paper

A local group I belong to, The Fiber Art Options group meet today, and I had to miss the meeting. It made me sad that I didn't have a chance to visit with the group and share about all of our new work. So here is my August update. I am cross posting - so if you see this twice, I apologize in advance.

A friend once said that I went to food markets like other people went to museums - it is true. Whenever I go to a new city I have to scope out the food markets, of course in Seattle and all over the US but also in France, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Japan. Sometimes this makes the people I travel with crazy - why spend a half day looking at lettuce, cheese, and olives, why in deed, but we always have a great time and learn about new foods and customs.

Last week I went to the farmer's market near my house with the camera and took a bunch of photos and brought back a few bags full of avocados, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, mushrooms etc. I love to arrange still life compositions on the wooden cutting boards and bowls that live on my kitchen island - these give me inspiration to chop, saute, and cook - but these images rarely find their way into my fiber art.

The past few months I have been sewing almost exclusively on paper. Most recently, I have been playing around quite a bit with sewn paper collages using handmade papers that I stain with watercolors and dyes. The paper gets torn up, arranged, repainted, and then machine sewn to a heavy paper foundation. Quick and fun to do. I had planned to spend some time in the studio working on collages when I decided to use one of the still life photos from the farmers market as inspiration. Here is the first veggie still life.

It was very fun to do and I am likely to do more from my 1000s of photos from the food markets of the world. -janet


rochelle said...

You're amazing and I love the veggiework.

Approachable Art said...

Hello! I just received confirmation that I was enrolled in your IQF Houston class, Japanese and Specialty Papers, and I wanted to stop by and introduce myself, as well as tell you how excited I am to take this class.

Looking forward to meeting!
- Judi

Anonymous said...

Hello, I just found your blog as a result of reading your needle-felting article in the latest issue of Quilting Arts. Running through your posts I was fascinated by this vegetable stitched paper entry, as the technique is something I had already planned to try in a Garden Journal I have been commissioned to make and write about in a UK gardening magazine. You can see my first rough notes on the journal on my Journaling the Journal blog (there's a link in the sidebar of my main blog.

So I am delighted to make your acquaintance and say 'hello' from across the north Atlantic.(And I love the needle-felting article, too.)