those scraps

Here they are made into a stitched piece.  Again letting the pieces dictate the starting point and then working towards resolving the image.  It's a nice way to work and quite opposite to deciding first what it should look like (and often being disappointed).  This way the whole thing changes and grows with each little bit done, each stitch bringing me closer to something that feels right to look at.  I like the constant process of rasping down the hard edges and smoothing away the things that jar, leaving only the highlights to contrast and stand out.  Having said that, this piece doesn't quite work, but I've decided to just enjoy the play (with the opportunity of hand stitching) and now to leave it alone.


This was also an opportunity to play with some "friendly plastic" that I recently saw on Heather's inspiring blog... "ragged old blogger".  Thanks Heather!  Indeed Liz Welsh of "rarebird" was so quick to send that order out that I only waited one day from ordering to receive my bundle of goodies.  I usually only work with more traditional materials like silk or glass and avoid man-made plasticy sorts of things, but I was tempted by the ability to colour this formable plastic and I can see there is lots going for it in its favour.
Here's a closer look at the first experiment...

7 comments:

Heather said...

This is beautiful Helene, and like many of Liz Welch's pieces, you'd never know it was made using plastic. I love the hand stitching that you have used to integrate the shaped plastic into your design. I also liked very much the piece before you added to it, and wondered why you had lost interest in it - I couldn't leave a comment on your previous post for some reason. Thankyou for your kind comments and for inspiring me to be more creative. My muse has left me at present and needs a good kick start!

Gina said...

I love what you have done with the friendly plastic and the way you've integrated it with the embroidery.

Deb H said...

I love working intuitivly. Just sterting with a pile of bits, & letting them play with each other. It's such a relaxing & fun way to get creative, it can feel like a meditation.

What you have done with the friendly plastic is the single best use of it I've ever seen! I may have to get my jar out again & start playing. I have a project that is due in 12 days & that would be just the ticket!

Thanks for the inspiration HS! Hugs from AK!

neki desu said...

ohhh! it must be in the zeitgeist! i just came back from the u.s. where i picked up some friendly plastic!
the gold made your lovely piece sing!

Maria said...

Lovely! I don't know anything about the friendly plastic, but I love the look!

Maria

Linda Stokes said...

Lovely piece & I like the way you've made the friendly plastic fit with your work.
I enjoy working this way too - allowing the materials to influence the outcome.

Sandra's Fiberworks said...

I work as you do, intuitively -- I've never planned a tapestry or now, my felted abstracts. But I learn so much from you! This plastic this is interesting...wish you blogged more often! :))
Thanks for your sympathy about my failed craft show; and you seem to know the Hamptons. Awful. My mother lives near there, so I know the area, but do not appreciate the clientel. Even the ones who did buy items, weren't very nice. Youre' right, there are all kinds.