I had been on quite a lengthy quest to develop my art brand. What I mean by that is coming up with a signature style so that when the viewer looks at a piece they will know that it is actually my work. Needless to say this is not an easy task especially since my tastes change like the weather. A couple of things that have stayed true with me have been my love of fabric and collage.
Some artists use the same color thread or the same basic materials and color palettes. A running theme regarding subject matter is even part of some artist’s signature style. Me — I like anything and everything so narrowing down elements has been quite the challenge.
Ultimately, I decided to go with mixed-media fabric collage with a spiritual touch; noting particular constants and basic themes. We’ll see how that goes.
I’m creating a line of spirit bags. This is one of them. It is made up of raw edge patchwork recycled denim with a butterfly and text transfer. The text was iron-on transferred onto cotton fabric and machine stitched in place. The mottled look of it was a happy accident due to the heat of the iron. The butterfly was directly ironed onto the bag. Since the bag has a kinda funky flavor to it, I photoshopped the background of the pic with some splashes of color.
I am fully sprung for Spring! As I stepped outside, the beauty of some little purple flowers growing beside my house captured me. Purple is one of my favorite colors. I intend to interpret my photo as a quilt.
Here are two patchwork collage clutch bags. These started out as art quilts. I love quilting fabric collage. The texture it renders is simply delicious. I love the way the purples play with and enhance the deep reds. Both of the bags have a soft structure and are just so unique.
This is the last series of quilts for the project. They are enclosed in a piece of lightly inked canvas. The image was printed on iron-on inkjet printable fabric. I didn’t need to but I stitched it down with some variegated thread.
I am so happy to have completed this self imposed creative assignment. I learned many things along the way and got to use some supplies that were just languishing in my studio.